Figure/Diagram drawing software?

posted
13-Jul-10, 20:15
by fimsy
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posted about 10 years ago
So I'm in the process of writing up my biomedical based lab project and am drawing up some figures and diagrams, I'm currently using photoshop but feel its a bit clunky and may not make high quality diagrams for presenting and printing.

I was just wondering what everyone else uses? Ive seen some really cool diagrams in papers and such but never known how they were drawn up!
posted
13-Jul-10, 20:23
edited about 3 seconds later
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posted about 10 years ago
Adobe Illustrator is the vector drawing package which accompanies photoshop - photoshop is really for rasters / photos.

The licencing cost is similar.... it is a top spec package, probably other things out there for cheaper.
posted
13-Jul-10, 20:33
edited about 11 seconds later
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posted about 10 years ago
I'd go with Invisio - I'm using it to do schematic drawings for my PhD. It's very easy to learn how to use it and quite intuitive. In fact, I've managed to knock out 4 complicated schematic diagrams today using it.
posted
14-Jul-10, 16:32
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posted about 10 years ago
Invisio - not sure about it but Microsoft Visio is a very useful tool for digital drawings - adobe products are for advance and professional designers. I believe Microsoft Visio will work for you.
posted
14-Jul-10, 17:54
edited about 10 seconds later
by H
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posted about 10 years ago
MS Visio gets a vote from me. However for all my diagrams in my thesis I used MS powerpoint. If they don't need to be so technical (to scale etc) then powerpoint is perfect.
posted
14-Jul-10, 21:56
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posted about 10 years ago
Sorry for the confusion. I meant visio but was thinking about Nvivo at the same time :$
posted
14-Jul-10, 22:54
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posted about 10 years ago
I just use microsoft powerpoint and irfanview :)
posted
15-Jul-10, 04:46
by jullie
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posted about 10 years ago
I like OmniGraffle... if you have a mac :p

Can't compare with Visio as I have never used it, but OG is much simpler to use than Illustrator. It might not have as much features, but for nice diagrams it's enough.
posted
15-Jul-10, 11:26
by Bonzo
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posted about 10 years ago
Creately is a good free-ish online tool for diagram purposes.

http://creately.com/

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