Recently I had to draw some solutions architecture diagrams, and searched some good tools for diagramming. I have used Visio, long time back, nice tool, but I wanted to stick to Ubuntu and didn’t like switching back and forth. I tried Dia and Umbrello but they couldn’t really content me.
What I really digged in a nice architecture diagram is mainly its simplicity (Simple way the complex scenarios are drawn), fresh, elegant and rich look, as for a diagramming tool, it has to be simple (don’t have to be an artist) and flexible (should be able to draw new shapes if needed etc)
Sometime back I have used “Pencil” to draw some wire frames for a web app I was creating, I really liked the tool, and the final look and feel of the diagram it created. Non of the advance diagramming tools generated such a rich look and feel. So I thought of creating few custom stencils to graduate Pencil from a wire-framing tool to a full fledged multipurpose diagramming tool.
I created Three stencils to draw most of the enterprise architecture diagrams, following diagram is a sample solutions architecture diagrams I created using Pencil, and the custom stencils I created.
The stencils I have created are,
- Some common computing icons
- Icons related to Gregor Hohpe’s enterprise integration patterns
- WSO2 Product Logos
So if you are interested go ahead download the stencils, and install them in “Pencil” and if you still haven’t tried “Pencil”, I highly recommend it.
9 thoughts on “A simple tool for all sorts of diagrams”
I’ve used Pencil before. And thanks for the new stencils. I’m sure people will find these useful.
Nice tool. Looks better than dia which I normally use.
Thanks – that’s a nice tool for someone like me who works on Ubuntu most of the time. While I loved Visio (and programmed using the shape sheets and VBA for some time) I enjoy a tool which ‘just works’ without significant configuration.
And being cross-platform is just a bonus!
Hi, Thanks for sharing this its really nice, How we can add more icons from WSO2
You can create you own stencils and upload.
cool and useful stencils… thanks
Thanks! Are you still using pencil or you found some other tool? 😀
Cool, thanks a lot! Can you tell me the Licence of your icons? I’m currently writing a article for a magazin and would love to use some of the computing icons in it…