[PLUG] Visio on Linux?

Jason Van Cleve jvancleve at chrome.com
Tue Jan 17 16:07:26 PST 2006

You can run Visio on Linux using XCrossover Office, I think it's called.
I've done that, and it works pretty well.  Another app' that might suit your
needs is PageMaker (used for typesetting), but I'm not sure that works on
Linux at all.  There aren't many (any?) native Linux app's that really do
this sort of work.

--Jason V. C.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: plug-bounces at lists.pdxlinux.org 
> [mailto:plug-bounces at lists.pdxlinux.org] On Behalf Of John Jordan
> Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2006 4:06 PM
> To: General Linux/UNIX discussion and help;civil and on-topic
> Subject: Re: [PLUG] Visio on Linux?
> On 17 Jan 2006, at 11:57, Jason R. Martin wrote:
> > Would something like Inkscape work for what you're trying to do?
> I've had Inkscape installed just about ever since I started using 
> Linux last summer. It's really nice, but designed for just 
> single- image files, like Illustrator. I need to do documents 
> that might get 
> to 20-30 pages or more, with diagrams interspersed in the text. The 
> diagrams are all simple, but they need to have a certain uniformity 
> to them. 
> Furthermore, even if I tried to use Inkscape to create the drawings, 
> it uses SVG file format, which nothing else seems to be able to 
> use (not OO.o). I can't even copy and paste from it into anything 
> else that I might be able to use for the text.
> What I really need is a simple vector drawing app that has 
> excellent text capabilities, and is a GUI. OpenOffice.org comes the 
> closest, but it takes me a long time to position the graphics. The 
> problem is that I am using it as I work on projects in linguistics. 
> This means that I make a lot of mistakes and need to redo the 
> drawing after I figure out where I went wrong. Each time I need to 
> do that I have rebuild just about the entire page. Moreover, 
> the final 
> results are not as good as I'd like, because it's really hard to line 
> up the diagrams with the text, both horizontally and vertically. 
> Others in my classes have suggested Visio, which is why I started 
> out asking for a Visio clone for Linux. Visio is really designed for 
> flow charts, which is very similar to what I need to do.
> Maybe I should have asked for a flow chart application. :( 
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