Simple diagram program recommendations

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by phrehdd, Jun 1, 2014.

  1. phrehdd macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2008
    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

    Jul 22, 2012
    Kent, UK
    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, 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


    Oct 25, 2008
    MisterMe and Longsticks, thanks much for the quick response. I'll check out those offerings ASAP. Again thanks.
  4. superscape macrumors 6502a


    Feb 12, 2008
    East Riding of Yorkshire, UK
    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.

    NB. I don't work for OmniGraffle, honest! ;-)
  5. oblomow macrumors 68030


    Apr 14, 2005
    Another vote for omnigraffle. The pro (more expensive) version can read and write viso files as well.

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