Expert in the Dunning-Kruger effect
- Oct 7, 2018
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Yed has a lot of arrangement tools for nodes that gets you most of the way there. But it is still a fair amount of work.
yEd Graph EditoryEd is a free desktop application to quickly create, import, edit, and automatically arrange diagrams. It runs on Windows, macOS, and Unix/Linux.www.yworks.com
Visio is not bad for this sort of thing but not great either. I still keep Visio 2010 around as MS completely bastardised the database diagramming features in 2013 for some reason, and 2010 is the last version that's still fit for purpose. Sadly, it does a much better job of diagramming than any of the dedicated modelling tools out there; the rendering is much more space efficient with respect to the legibility of the type. Most of the time I can stuff legible diagrams onto A3 with Visio but I've had to resort to using large format printers with Enterprise Architect or other modelling tools on a few occasions now.
Unfortunately it's gone out of LTS now, so I'm starting to run into gigs where the IT departments no longer have the ability to install it. I've had to resort to doing diagrams and specs on my own computer and emailing them to myself on a few occasions.