Help Needed - Network Diagram App

ChaosAngel

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Hi all,

I appreciate this is a common question (especially when searching Google), however I've never come across the perfect answer.

I'm looking for a Network Diagram application for the Mac, something similar to Microsoft Visio. Most of the feedback I have received points to OmniGraffle or CorelDRAW, but I find both of these applications a little heavy and expensive.

Instead I'm looking for a little "does one thing well" application, something that the Mac normally has plenty of options for (I'm thinking like Coda, etc).

Are there any great little Mac applications for network diagrams that anyone can recommend?

Cheers,

Matt.
 

psxguru

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If you want open source then either DIA or Inkscape will do the job - plenty of templates floating around for them.
 

maflynn

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The only one that comes to mind is OmniGraffle but you already mentioned that option, so I'm at a loss.

Would running Visio by way of Vmware be an option?
 

ChaosAngel

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Hi all,

Thanks for the suggestions. I'm going to try out Dia and Diagammix to see if they fit what I am looking for.

Regarding running Visio in a VM, this is what I currently do. The experience is ok, but I would really like a native Mac option.

Any others?
 

James Craner

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Hi all,

Thanks for the suggestions. I'm going to try out Dia and Diagammix to see if they fit what I am looking for.

Regarding running Visio in a VM, this is what I currently do. The experience is ok, but I would really like a native Mac option.

Any others?
The nearest Mac equivalent to Visio is Omnigraffle, which in my opinion is better. I know it's not cheap, but it can import Visio files.
 

maflynn

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Regarding running Visio in a VM, this is what I currently do. The experience is ok, but I would really like a native Mac option.
I can see how that would be less then ideal, but if it works, at least you're not stuck without any solution.
 

ChaosAngel

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The nearest Mac equivalent to Visio is Omnigraffle, which in my opinion is better. I know it's not cheap, but it can import Visio files.
Yep, I'm starting to think along the same lines. I just downloaded the 14 day trial and the app is starting to sell itself to me.

I still feel like there is a gap in the market for a "Mac like" network diagram application. Something elegant, simple and cost effective that can be sold to the masses on the App Store. Any developers want to give it a go? :D

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I can see how that would be less then ideal, but if it works, at least you're not stuck without any solution.
Yep, it's what I have been using for the past few years, but once every so often I come back to look for a native Mac option. I'm confident that one day the perfect app wil appear ;)
 

James Craner

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Yep, I'm starting to think along the same lines. I just downloaded the 14 day trial and the app is starting to sell itself to me.
The Omni Group are a great Mac App developer and the iPad version of Omnigraffle is excellent as well, and a lot cheaper. I use OmniGraffle a lot for flow charts.
 

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