Network graphics tools

Andrew Burnette acb at
Wed Mar 22 04:25:58 UTC 2006

Howard C. Berkowitz wrote:
> Much of the enterprise market seems wedded to Visio as their network 
> graphics tool, which locks them into Windows. Personally, I hate both 
> little pictures of equipment and Cisco hockey-puck icons; I much prefer 
> things like rectangles saying "7507 STL-1" or "M160 NYC-3".
> Assuming you use *NIX platforms (including BSD under Mac OS X), what are 
> your preferred tools for network drawings, both for internal and 
> external use?  I'd hate to be driven to Windows only because I need Visio.
> is an alternative as well.

I personally use Dia, and it seems fine in both OS types, and exports 
various types of files that [OOo/MS-office] can deal with easily.

You can download shapes for a variety of presenters/office/visio/etc 
from the cisco website (as well as others).


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