How MS Visio crushed my spirit

Two days. TWO FREAKIN’ DAYS spent drawing up UML application design doc’s using textbook accurate symbols and language. Use Cases, Deployment Diagrams, ERDs, piles of Sequence Diagrams; all gone.

Fuck you Visio; I’m uninstalling you from my work system and my home system and I can guarentee that you will not make it into the next revision of our Developer’s Software Toolkit at work. That’s 12 less copies of your bloated ass cludging up our workflow. Not even a drop molecule in the M$ ocean, but a good start.

Now I just need to find an alternative…

All suggestions welcome 🙂

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21 comments so far

  1. Relapse on

    Errr, what did it do?

  2. Ben Dummett on

    No backup? No save?

  3. Andrew K. on

    It corrupted the .vsd to the point of crashing Visio 2002 and 2003 immedietely upon loading the file. All the work was seperate pages within a single file. I was saving off as two seperate versions on different computers, but as the file continued to work fine in Visio I never noticed and kept on saving and backing up.

    Once I restarted Visio (had accidently closed the window) the file was 100% b0rked.

    On a happier note, I’ve downloaded the trial of Enterprise Architect, which already looks like it might meet the needs of my workplace perfectly. UML 2.0, Aussie company and attractive academic pricing… I’ll know once I’ve rebuilt my models on Monday.

  4. Ben Dummett on

    I guess sometimes, then, these things work out for the best.

  5. Cameron Adams on

    I’m a cheap ass, so I use the free tool Poseidon.

    It’s written in Java, so clunks a bit if your machine’s not top notch, plus the interface is sometimes a little clunky. But did I mention it’s free?

    It’s also got pretty good UML support for a range of different lifecycle diagrams.

  6. Amit Karmakar on

    oh the design must have been flawed 🙂 you need to start over 🙂 haha. Seriously though try Omnigraffle. Been using it for a year and you wouldnt touch anything microsoft even with a barge-pole!

  7. Ben Buchanan on

    mac heads will immediately say Omnigraffle, ignoring the fact you run windaz 😉

    paper: the ultimate short-term backup… sure, recovery’s a bitch…

  8. Omni on

    Omni Graffle.

    Reads/Writes Visio XML files to boot (VDX) so you can keep all your old work editable.

    You’ll need to get a Mac though… it’ll be worth it, don’t worry, Graffle is bad ass.

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