Reasons to use Draw
Draw is a great tool to draw diagrams in, and is in fact much better than Dia.
- It can handle the pasting of images (Dia can't).
- It has connectors, therefore you can move boxes around and the connectors will follow suit.
- You can label the connectors. This is a bit like a labelled-edge in graph theory. This is something that Dia can't do apparently, even though it is a specialist diagramming tool.
- It is free.
Reasons not to use Draw
- The placement of the labels of the connectors. If you draw a massive U-shaped edge, then the label will sit vertically in the middle of the U, whereas I would want it towards the bottom.
- In line with the above point, there is no way of moving the label of the edge, so in looping edges, you cannot visually marry the edge with the label.
- Display the grid using `View` → `Grid` → `Display Grid`.
- Change the font to be, by default, 12px large. Do this by going to `Format` → `Styles and Formatting`. Right click on the `Default` style (should be at the top) and click `Modify`. Go to the `Font` tab and change the size to 12px.
Set the line color to black (from blue).
Set the fill color to white (from blue).
- Set the page properties. Go to `Format` → `Page`:
- Set the format to `A3`. This should be large enough.
- Set the orientation to landscape - my preferred page orientation for diagrams.