SIGIA-L Mail Archives: Re: [Sigia-l] Diagramming tools?
Re: [Sigia-l] Diagramming tools?
On Apr 4, 2007, at 2:51 PM, Stew Dean wrote:
> Visio has survived because it does
> diagrams very well with minimum fuss, but little else. For many the
> symbols provide a quick way of working and the line connectors are
> vital to many.
Personally, I find that Visio does far, far too much -- especially if
you give it half a chance to automagically generate some other
allegedly useful deliverable using some Microsoft quasi-standard. But
hey, that's just personal opinion and taste.
For the record, since Troy asked for some personal data to help
categorize responses - I'm an experienced software QA person moving
toward user experience design and IA, including some academic work.
> Dude, Visio is the tool used by the most IAs.
I'll state up front that I'm coming to this knife fight armed with a
box of kitchen matches and a tube of blueberry yogurt. Unfortunately,
I haven't had the privilege of working with other IAs, and I'm only a
baby IA myself. Furthermore, I haven't had an opportunity to check
out add-ons like Axure and Intuitect. For the sake of argument I'll
take it as received wisdom that most IAs do indeed use Visio, or if
bent Macward, OmniGraffle Pro. (That's my tool of choice for
wireframe diagrams and desktop UI mockups.)
Now .... I'd like to explore why that's the case. (A topic slightly
more closely related to Troy's original question than Who Knows The
Pulse Of The Industry, yes?)
- What would you use if both Visio and OmniGraffle disappeared tomorrow?
- What are the core capabilities that make these tools the particular
favorites of IAs?
- More importantly -- what other programs can be used as field-
BTW, regarding the specific task of creating website wireframes, I
sketch the general layout on paper, then hand-code the skeleton in
BBEdit, adding false colors to the CSS for the structural DIVs. It
takes a bit longer, but it gives me a chance to think about whether
my structural assumptions are sound. I'm hoping Dreamweaver CS3 will
have an improved rendering engine, but I'm not holding my breath.
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