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Title: Illustrator Programs for making diagrams
Post by: Seamus on June 23, 2009, 08:30:23 AM
I need to draw some diagrams of the combat grid and miniatures for our combat system. I believe I need an illustrator program to do this. But we can't afford adobe illustrator. I have INdesign and GIMP. Does anyone know where I can get an inexpensive or free illustrator program that can handle this task.


Title: Re: Illustrator Programs for making diagrams
Post by: Wordman on June 23, 2009, 11:41:46 AM
Since you don't specify which OS you run, I'll just assume you use a Mac. Some choices:

Inkscape (http://www.inkscape.org/) is free (and actually cross-platform) but fairly terrible, IMO. If you love using GIMP (that is, you have a high tolerance for horrible user interface) it might be what you need.

DrawBerry (http://raphaelbost.free.fr/DrawBerry.html) is free. Never used it, though.

Skencil (http://www.skencil.org/) is written almost all in Python, and mostly targets linux systems, but can probably be made to run anywhere. Never used it either.

VectorDesigner (http://www.tweakersoft.com/vectordesigner/) is not particularly cheap (USD70), but it is pretty nice.

If you're not using OS X (and, yes, since you didn't specify which OS you are using, that means you probably really aren't), the Wikipedia list of vector graphics editors (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_vector_graphics_editors) may be of more use.


Title: Re: Illustrator Programs for making diagrams
Post by: Wordman on June 23, 2009, 11:47:28 AM
Also, if you really just need combat grid like stuff, you might try any of the numerous apps specifically for that purpose, such as Dundjinni (http://www.dundjinni.com/) or AutoREALM (http://www.gryc.ws/autorealm.htm).


Title: Re: Illustrator Programs for making diagrams
Post by: Seamus on June 23, 2009, 01:59:53 PM
I use a PC. Sorry, should have specified.


Title: Re: Illustrator Programs for making diagrams
Post by: Selene Tan on June 23, 2009, 08:55:31 PM
AutoREALM is for PC, and it's a pretty neat mapping program. It's for PC.

For more general vector drawing, you might try the free DrawPlus 4 (http://www.freeserifsoftware.com/software/DrawPlus/default.asp) (or the $10 DrawPlus 6).

For diagrams, the Draw component of OpenOffice (http://www.openoffice.org/) is actually pretty good.

Dia (http://dia-installer.de/index_en.html) is also meant for diagrams. I tried it a few years back and abandoned it in favor of OpenOffice Draw because I couldn't figure out how to label the connections between boxes. That might be fixed now.

I know some people who swear by Embedded Vector Editor (http://www.goosee.com/). I haven't tried it myself.