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I study computing on an advanced level and I need a program that will make it easier to create flowcharts and other diagrams efficiently. I don't need too many features; I just want something that works! I'm aware that there are many website that do exactly what I need but most of the times when I need to draw diagrams I don't have access to the internet

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an example of a site that does diagrams is diagram.ly –  Samantha Catania Sep 27 '11 at 19:54
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Two that I know of:

  1. Shapes - Cheap ($5) with a decent array of tools
  2. OmniGraffle - Expensive, but it can do pretty much anything, including reading Vizio files (Pro version)
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Decided to go with Shapes since I just need to do a couple of flowcharts for a project. Thx x x x –  Samantha Catania Sep 29 '11 at 16:32
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It isn't cheap, but OmniGraffle from OmniGroup is truly outstanding. Student pricing is available, and substantially less expensive than full retail price. ($60 vs $100)

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OmniGraffle is by far the best option for the Mac today. I can highly recommend it as I use it to diagram complex systems daily. –  Samuel Mikel Bowles Sep 28 '11 at 0:34
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Try Graphviz(http://www.graphviz.org/). It is free, powerful, and easy to learn. You don't need draw anything, just write a piece of code, and the program will generate a fig for you.

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The OpenOffice.org office suite (and its forked cousin, LibreOffice) is completely free, and includes a drawing application that is actually fairly useable for creating diagrams and flowcharts at the simpler end of the scale.

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