Simple diagram program recommendations

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  1. phrehdd macrumors 68040

    phrehdd

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    I'll keep this quick. I have to get some simple diagrams created and don't have the time for a learning curve for more sophisticated programs (Illustrator etc.).

    Does anyone have any recommendations for a simple program that can handle the typical items - rectangles, squares, circles, ellipses, and free form lines? I would prefer a low cost solution as this will be a short order item for a friend. Extrusion would be a bonus but not necessary if I can manually create perspective items.

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. LongSticks macrumors 6502

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    A couple of ideas!

    I have used Word and Excel for basic drawings in the past....would be okay. As would old versions of Pages & Numbers.

    For more of a Cad technique, which I always find easier as you can accurately lay things out, http://www.3ds.com/products-services/draftsight/download-draftsight/ is a great free package...

    I've heard good things about - Sketchbook Express from Autodesk on the App Store - which is also free but not used it.
     
  3. phrehdd thread starter macrumors 68040

    phrehdd

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    MisterMe and Longsticks, thanks much for the quick response. I'll check out those offerings ASAP. Again thanks.
     
  4. superscape macrumors 6502a

    superscape

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    I'd also vouch for OmniGraffle. It's not free but its a lot cheaper than a full blown drawing app like Illustrator. Personally, I really like it.

    You can download a 14 day trial and see how you get along with it.

    http://www.omnigroup.com/omniGraffle


    NB. I don't work for OmniGraffle, honest! ;-)
     
  5. oblomow macrumors 68020

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    Another vote for omnigraffle. The pro (more expensive) version can read and write viso files as well.
     

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