What's the best software for creating beautiful diagrams and charts?

by Tim555
10 replies
I'm almost finished writing an e-book and I want to start constructing diagrams and charts for it and the subsequent articles I will write in the near future. I'm thinking of buying the diagram creation software from SmartDraw but I want to be sure I'm making the right choice first.

I'm pretty big about making sure diagrams, charts, illustrations, etc. are eye-catching, colorful, and aesthetic. They can make an article ten times more interesting and understandable when done right.

Is there diagram creation software besides Smart Draw that I should strongly consider purchasing? What has worked best for you?
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  • Profile picture of the author Shirley Hardy
    Try to use Microsoft Excel
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    I'm with Shirley on this one. Surely. I concur with Shirley.

    Also, powerpoint can create some really cool charts these days.

    My advice? Snag a Microsoft OneDrive if you don't have access to Microsoft Office, so you can use the free web app.
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  • Profile picture of the author jbmarwood
    Most graphic designers would use Adobe Illustrator for this.

    It's very flexible and can create all sorts of charts and diagrams.

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  • Profile picture of the author ColinChia
    Hey Tim555, before you going throwing your money at many of the awesome paid tools and resources out there, I'd probably suggest having a browse on google "infographic maker" for example, there are many free options for you to play around with and use to create colourful charts and images that look good too


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  • Profile picture of the author nameless7
    +1 Adobe Illustrator
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  • Profile picture of the author alekhyaochre
    I prefer Microsoft Office and Adobe in some cases Photoshop will also be useful.
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    • Profile picture of the author ePhil
      I got to this site occasionally. Not tried, but maybe worth to see it.
      it's called infogr.am
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim555
    PiktoChart looks amazing and I may decide to use that primarily. Infogram looks good as well.

    I might use Illustrator later on but buying it just to make colorful diagrams and charts may be overkill.

    I forgot that the Microsoft Office products allow users to make great looking diagrams and charts.
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    • Profile picture of the author Klaus Gerome
      If you are willing to spend money on a professional tool, I would ask you to look at ConceptDraw PRO. If you are dead set on open source and "free" software I would say that draw.io or any other that has been around a while.
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  • Profile picture of the author roseflower
    I think Microsoft Excel can help you. Microsoft PowerPoint also helps to make a beautiful diagram and chart.
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