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This is a Mini-Course that focuses on the basics of diagramming in Linux with the Dia application. This is a Free course that is available to anyone.
This 10 page Linux Diagramming course will show in detail how to install, use, and customize the Dia diagramming tool for on Ubuntu desktop. Users will finish the course with a full understanding how how to create a basic flowchart using the Dia application along with many features, tools, and options the application offers.
Dia is a graphical based program. It is designed not just for drawing, but also commonly used for diagramming. Dia's object based tools allow users to diagram anything from networks to electrical currents. This graphical program also allows for fast and easy use for the user because of the easy to understand tools that Dia offers. In addition, many shapes and objects can be use.
Dia began as a part of the Gnome projects office suite of applications and was originally created by Alexander Larsson. The success of Dia comes from a solid application that serves a need, diagramming. Dia also uses a controlled single document interface similar to the Gimp Image Editor and other popular graphic applications. Dia can be used with many different shape packages each containing different shapes and symbols which can be used together to create a diagram or other project. Dia is flexible enough to create many different types of diagrams and projects but has special objects to help draw entity relationship diagrams, UML diagrams, flowcharts, network diagrams, and more. Dia users can also add support for new shapes by writing a simple XML file and using a subset of SVG graphics to draw the shape.
The Dia diagramming application can export files in a few different formats. Formats include EPS, SVG, DXF, CGM, WMF, PNG, JPEG, and VDX.Dia is alsocapable of printing docuemnts including large documents that span multiple pages.
If you need some inspiration or direction when getting started creating charts and diagrams with Dia, check out the examples section of the Dia application's homepage. Visuallizing the entire project can take some getting used to but if there's an application that can help it's Dia.