Last week, I featured some user-submitted network diagrams in a gallery that I stumbled upon while trying to get an idea of the diagramming software that is available these days.
This week, blogger Jack Wallen presents his gallery of 10 diagramming tools, and half of them are free to use. Each slide shows you an example screenshot and a short summary of the tool (plus Jack's likes and dislikes). Of course, you can do some pretty fancy stuff with some of the pricier paid versions, but depending on your needs and budget limitations, you should be able to find a tool that works well for you.
Here is a summary of the gallery list:
- Cade (free)
- Concept Draw
- Dia (free)
- Diagram Designer (free)
- eDraw Max
- GoVisual Diagram Editor (free)
- Network Notepad (free)
I think it would be interesting to see some of your efforts in documenting your networks (you and your organization can remain anonymous). Submit a network diagram for feedback from your fellow IT pros — or just to show off — by sending them to trol, and if we get enough entries, we'll create a gallery. Invite some constructive criticism, help spot possible problems, and display a little artistic flair by participating — and get some TR swag for your efforts.Send in your network diagrams between now and September 30, which should give you some time to play around with some of the tools if you haven't tried them.
Selena has been at TechRepublic since 2002. She is currently a Senior Editor with a background in technical writing, editing, and research. She edits Data Center, Linux and Open Source, Apple in the Enterprise, The Enterprise Cloud, Web Designer, and IT Security blogs.