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A friend of mine is looking for an equivalent on Macintosh to Visio or SmarDraw to draw plans for home improvements. I don't know anything about Macintosh, so would appreciate any feedback on good softwares for this type of applications.

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For home design, see "Free (or cheap) software for visualizing a house design" at superuser.com/questions/19452/… and "Is there any good free software for drawing simple building specs?" at superuser.com/questions/46942/… –  Arjan Mar 14 '10 at 15:32
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OmniGraffle is great and there are plugins that offer various object types.

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OmniGraffle is pretty good, we use it for wire framing websites, but I have seen it used for projects like this. One of the things that is really nice about OmniGraffle is that it integrates with AppleScripts, for example we wrote a script that would count up the number of different elements in the document. This has been really nice for planning and budgeting, the script is downloadable at https://www.jtechcommunications.com/blog/blog-detail-12.

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I was looking for exactly the same thing a month or two ago and found this:


Free, cross-platform, and very useful!

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But I agree with mouviciel - not programming-related (although at least it was something I could provide an answer for!). –  saw-lau May 12 '09 at 13:24
Thanks guys. It looks like the open-source Dia is available on MacOS and is pretty good too. –  OverTheRainbow May 12 '09 at 13:56
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I've used both Visio and Omnigraffle but for me right now nothing beats ivm blueworkslive. This is not your typical design tools but if you're trying to create activity diagram, process diagrams and some related documentation - give this tool a try. It's based on subscription model (more expensive than both visio and omnigraffle) but if you've the use for it - it's great. Blueworkslive was acquired by IBM due to just this one tool.


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