Nice network diagram editor?


I still find dia to be a great option, and I'm curious to know why you find that the network diagrams don't look adequate.

In my experience, there are a large number of traditional network diagram shapes such as the conceptual drawings for routers, switches, etc., as they are used on documentation (like what comes from Cisco)... and it looks just the same. Please let us know what you find is missing in Dia, so that someone can go ahead and create the shapes we may all find really useful :)

There are, admittedly, a number of issues with connecting things and other aspects of using dia that are different if you come from a Microsoft Visio background, but to me, it still seems to work great. When I researched it, it was still the best diagram editor around for this type of work.

As far as I know, all the elements I described there are available in the stock dia. You will want to look for the shape sheets with names starting with...

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Nice network diagram editor?

By Wyldeplayground | December 6, 2010 | Category Uncategorized

By Nicolas Raoul

Writing a commercial proposal, I want to create a nice graphic showing the clients the architecture I thought of for their IT network, with servers, network connections, firewall, load-balancing, etc.

For years I have been using dia, but I am tired of it because: the results are not satisfying, very few network elements are available, and each element’s graphic representation is really ugly.

Question: How to create nice network diagrams?

If a better set of elements was available for dia, that would be a solution.


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Nice Network Stencils is a collection of nice looking Calligra Flow stencils in SVG format for making network diagrams.

Many of us have been looking for years for a way to make professional looking network diagrams with an open source program instead of Visio. Dia was pretty much the only choice and it has pretty ugly stencils, Flow has come around and uses the same ugly stencils. As of v2.8.1, Flow can now import and use SVG stencils. So I took some nice looking stencils provided by the nice people at OSA and put them together properly so you can instantly unpack and use them in Calligra Flow.

As a result, we finally have a great open source diagramming program with sharp looking stencils to make sharp looking professional diagrams!

Very big thanks to OSA for providing their icon library free under the Creative Commons. Visit them at

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"As a software developer, I used to use Graphviz for my code comprehension needs. While its compact format has its advantages, it was just too much effort to input data - particularly relationships. I wanted to be able to create relationships by dragging my mouse from one node to another. This is exactly how yEd works.
You don't have to sacrifice the longevity of plain-text that Graphviz files offer. yEd works entirely on the XML-based GraphML format. You get the same benefits of cross-platform support and exporting to SVG, PNG, PDF etc. as with Graphviz. But yEd is that it is written in Java yet has a 100% native look and feel (so on Mac, you can zoom in and out with 2 finger scrolling).
The best feature for me is its ability to group nodes and collapse/expand them. This makes it possible to capture much bigger graphs in a single file than with Graphviz (in which I had to mess with numerical properties). Layouts also give you the ability to comprehend your data in...

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Writing a commercial proposal, I want to create a nice graphic showing the clients the architecture I thought of for their IT network, with servers, network connections, firewall, load-balancing, etc.

For years I have been using dia, but I am tired of it because: the results are not satisfying, very few network elements are available, and each element's graphic representation is really ugly.

Question: How to create nice network diagrams?

If a better set of elements was available for dia, that would be a solution.

Answers 13

kivio is a diagramming application within koffice (the office suite of KDE) called kivio, which comes with a set of stencils for different types of diagrams. Additional stencils can be purchased, but the program itself has the basic set. NB: Kivio is now called 'Flow', and is part of the Calligra office suite 3.

Jgraph is Java based and it is a commercial product. But it has a free version for basic use.


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Incidentally, has anyone any suggestions to map/chart *thinking....that
is a process towards a goal?

Freemind is limited because it doesn't do flow as well and dia or

I just saw that Braindump from the Calligra group has mindmapping.

What I had in mind is something closer to the flowchart concept that
Calligra flow appears to use. Some time ago I spent a decent amount of
effort trying to find something but didn't find anything satisfactory.

I see that flow has a place to import stencils but a quick search
doesn't seem to discover the place to obtain them.

> not sure if one can use it on opensuse, but have you seen freemind?




> also after a coincidental discovery,


> libre office *draw also can do diagramming from the looks of it.


> -e





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Today I felt need in simple diagram editor in order to draw a comprehensive flow-chart diagram.

Previously I widely used Dia, but it was always too painful to achieve acceptable results with no constant mistakes, and overall creation always took too long.

In the past I also several times evaluated Enterprise Architect, Visio and SmartDraw, but they were too heavy, not only from the package size and memory usage view, but also they required too much time to get used to them, and time is the most expensive resource, as you know.

So, today I’ve restarted the process of finding a simple and good diagram editor, and surprisingly, the first try give me the one, which caused me to stop immediately.

I won’t list here all yWorks‘ yEd‘s features and won’t compare it to anything else – just try it, and I promise: you will be happy. The only thing to add is it’s very fast and light, despite the fact it’s java...

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when I saw dia, it seemed rather stark. This was a while ago,
but then, I am not an electrical engineer.

Post by Anton Aylward
Post by Eric Gunther

not sure if one can use it on opensuse, but have you seen freemind?

Freemind, ad it's more interesting fork, Freeplane, are MIND MAPPERS.

They are not generic diagramming tools and don't have libraries of

'components'. They are great tools, for what they do, but doing up

network diagrams is not part of that.

I'd still like to hear what the objections the OP's end users have to

the output of Dia. Specifics as opposed to a generic "it ain't

Microsoft", because we know full well that there are many GUI tools that

do on Windows what MS-Office does, OpenOffice and LibreOffice among

them. Is this an objection that might apply to other Windows-based

diagramming tools?

I ask, because...

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Dia is basically inspired from Microsoft Visio, it can be used to draw many different kinds of diagrams. It has special objects which let you draw many types of diagrams like ERD (Entity Relationship Diagrams), UML diagrams, flowcharts, and network diagrams easily. Whatever type of diagram you need to draw, whether it is some map or some plan of any room of your house, it has the full ability to cater to your needs and helps you produce a precise and professional-looking diagrams within minutes.

Lets explore how we can install and use it in Ubuntu, open the terminal and run the following command to install it.

sudo apt-get install dia

Once installation is complete, you can launch it from Applications > Graphics > Dia Diagram Editor.

Once you will launch it, you will notice that its Tools window is also launched with it. It contains set of tools which lets you draw different types of objects within a diagram. You can use Toolswindow to draw...

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Update 24.3.2016

I have found this guide from VP created on September 8, 2015.

Good to know - it is possible to integrate VP into Android studio (in my case 1.5.1) now. Do not forget to backup your Android Studio settings (you can find them in Users%userName/.AndroidStudioX.X on Windows) ahead of installation.

I was trying to make it work, but created vp project did not contain any diagrams. Maybe someone else will have more luck.

I was using this manual to make Visual Paradigm working in Android studio, but action in 2. did not invoke dialogue in 3. So I Have asked Visual Paradigm support for help and they replied that Android Studio integration is not supported right now.

Reply from Visual paradigm reply from Apr 17 2015:

Thank you for your inquiry and I'm...

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I know this is taking a long time, but here’s what I’m up to with Weathermap now:

Cacti 1.0 uses a sort-of old-fashioned “download chunks of HTML” approach to its new UI. That meant rewriting the Weathermap Cacti plugin to work in this (undocumented) style, too. I also have wanted to rewrite it anyway for some time into a more object-oriented format which separates the actual actions on the database from the display code. This makes it possible to write automated tests for the action code, and for someone to potentially reuse it a lot more easily in another NMS integration. I was halfway through doing all that, when I realised that if I was going to have to rewrite it anyway, I’d rather do it in a manner than benefits everyone, including non-Cacti users. Particularly as I am personally not really much of a Cacti user nowadays, but also I’ve wanted to make it easier for folks like the LibreNMS project to integrate weathermap for some time now. So: new plan. The user-interface...
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As I usually use UML more as a communication tool rather than a modeling tool I sometimes have the need to flex the language a bit, which makes the strict modeling tools quite unwieldy. Also, they tend to have a large overhead for the occasional drawing. This also means I don't give tools that handle round-trip modeling well any bonus points. With this in mind...

When using Visio, I tend to use these stencils for my UMLing needs (the built in kind of suck). It could be that I have grown used to it as it is the primary diagramming tool at my current assignment.

OmniGraffle also has some UML stencils built in and more are available at Graffletopia, but I wouldn't recommend that as a diagramming tool as it has too many quirks (quirks that are good for many things, but not UML). Free trial though, so by all means... :)

I've been trying out MagicDraw a bit, but while functional, I found the user interface distracting.

Otherwise i find the Topcased an...

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