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    Flowchart/sitemap software

    I need a good and easy to learn program to create flowcharts and sitemaps. I am currently looking at MS Visio and SmartDraw:

    http://www.microsoft.com/office/visio/default.asp
    http://www.smartdraw.com/products/smartdraw/index.htm

    Any other alternatives? Which is the best one for web developers?

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    I am also looking for a sitemap generator...

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    I like Visio better than smartdraw, though smartdraw is pretty decent.

    Sitemaps, though, are for suckers, imho . The very nature of html is such that only a very small, generically organized site could even be made into a traditional 'upside down' pyramid chart.

    Most sites would look like a drunken spider's web if a real sitemap were made. They are handy for showing to unsavvy clients as a pretty picture, but if you want a real planning tool you should think about doing WIREFRAMES instead.

    Unless I am misunderstanding your needs, in which case Visio is awesome!
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    Aah, but flowcharts for processes (especially in complex db backed sites) are worth their weight in gold....
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    Quote Originally Posted by dhecker
    Sitemaps, though, are for suckers, imho . The very nature of html is such that only a very small, generically organized site could even be made into a traditional 'upside down' pyramid chart.

    Most sites would look like a drunken spider's web if a real sitemap were made. They are handy for showing to unsavvy clients as a pretty picture, but if you want a real planning tool you should think about doing WIREFRAMES instead.
    You should check into Jesse James Garrett's VisualVocabulary; it may change your mind about that.

    Speaking of, OmniGraffle ships with a visivocab palette, but I'm assuming the original poster is on a PC.
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    Life is short. Be happy today! silver trophybronze trophy Sagewing's Avatar
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    For functional diagraming, UML is the way
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