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Free Mac Visio Alternitive



By   WirelessPhreak      Friday, June 06, 2014      Labels: ,  
I have searched high and low for a decent low-priced alternative for Visio on the Mac, and I think I have finally found one.

yEd Graph Editor is a powerful desktop application that can be used to quickly and effectively generate high-quality diagrams. Create diagrams manually, or import your external data for analysis. Thier automatic layout algorithms arrange even large data sets with just the press of a button.


The install is strait forward and works great, but us network guys want cisco icons.  The network icons that come with are a little weak.  So I found a German website that had the Cisco default icons as .svg files.  Here is the link to the download cisco_svg_icons.

Next how to install the icons.

  1. Open yEd Editor Go to Edit --> Pallte Manager
  2. Create a new Click New Section (name it)
  3. Highlight newly created Section and click import symbols
  4. Select .svg symbols and import them.
That's it... You should have a diagram tool that will let you make professional looking network diagrams.

Let me know if you have any better alternatives.

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