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Should technical writers illustrate their own documents?

A technical author should always know what illustration would work best at which point in their document. However, it isn't always necessary to prepare the illustrations yourself. For the documents ...
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Software to draw plot structure charts

I'll borrow an idea Memor-X pointed out to me in my question Are there tools that can aid an author in writing a branching storyline?: yEd It's a free tool that allows you to create flowcharts. I'm ...
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What's the best way to write (or rewrite) a math book?

Here are some suggestions of tools you can use to make your drawings: GeoGebra: Interactive geometry, algebra, statistics and calculus application, intended for learning and teaching mathematics and ...
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Software to draw plot structure charts

You do not mention an operating system , so I will give you something cross-platform (and free). As @ChrisW pointed out "the diagram in the OP could be written as a tree of text". So, I am going to ...
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Can someone tell me the source of this story diagram image?

The origin of the image is forever lost. The oldest mention from the image, is from 17 May 2009, indeed from the website of the university you mentioned. Before that, the image can't be found ...
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Are UML component diagrams helpful to non-technical users?

I think basic flow charts would work best here. If they are non-technical, they won't care what shapes or symbols you choose or be able to understand anything more than a general overview of the ...
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When is a screenshot really useful in training documentation?

I've written about this subject before. SW documentation is often reused for different versions of the same software. Therefore, it is important to minimize the number of screen captures you use. ...
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Should technical writers illustrate their own documents?

Define "illustrate". As a successful technical communicator since 1998, I must confess I have the visual-arts sensibilities of a gerbil. But I have done well-received diagrams of complex-system ...
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Should technical writers illustrate their own documents?

As a technical illustrator as well as technical writer, I most frequently generate my own illustrations, and frequently provide that service for others, however I don't think it a reasonable ...
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Tool for making guitar chord diagrams

I hacked together a simple website to create chord charts online (.png and .svg images): https://chordpic.com. The use case of this website is if you don't want a million features but just want to ...
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Problems with picture alignment in Microsoft Word - which other DTP software can I use?

It likely depends on the field you are in and the amount of work and money you want to put into learning a new tool if you have only used Microsoft Word so far for this kind of task. For example in ...
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Software to draw plot structure charts

The diagram in the OP could be written as a tree of text. threat from Venda marriage to prince Jaxon betrayed by mother / father flees to Terravin to live as a barmaid Rafe + Kaden ...
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Copyright related issue on publishing a technical book?

You don't own the copyright from anything that you've taken as "references from many sources." You'll need to check under what kind of copyright those sources are. You'll need copyright clearance ...
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Software to draw plot structure charts

A great free tool that might be a better experience than your answer is LibreOffice Draw. It's free, they support iOS, and it's very intuitive to use for simple to complex diagrams. It's basically the ...
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Are UML component diagrams helpful to non-technical users?

UML diagrams are very technical in nature. They have been distilled from informal diagramming techniques such as flow charts and structure charts (neither of which is a UML diagram!) The purpose of a ...
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Software to draw plot structure charts

Scapple While not free (though does have a free trial), Scapple (by the same makers as Scrivener) seems to have everything you need. They have Mac and Windows versions. Their roughly 6 minute ...
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Tool for making guitar chord diagrams

This may be a bit late but check out https://www.essyguitartab.com/chords. This is a free tool where you can choose from named chords or build your own and add them to a chart that you can then print ...
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Scientific Reports - Significant Figures

+1 user37826, that is my answer. I understand you are showing the +/- in the superscript and subscript, respectively, but I don't like this format at all; for one it doesn't give the confidence level ...
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Can I include diagrams in essays for complex topics?

I think that in this case you may want to keep both ways open. Diagrams are usually allright in academic and technical contexts, but you mentioned this is a college assessment and your ability to ...
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In end user documentation, should screenshots come before or after the text that references them?

Screenshots can also come to the right or left of text that references them. Using columns can improve readability and keep illustrations from being separated across pages from the text that ...
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Tool for making guitar chord diagrams

There are music typesetting programs out there that let you create these types of diagrams. Most music software allows you to create TABs,but not chord diagrams. One which appears to allow both is ...
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Should technical writers illustrate their own documents?

"Graphics" skills are nice to have a skill for technical writes. In some cases (but not all) graphical representation of the information is really crucial. But who will do the graphics, images, etc ...
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Software to draw plot structure charts

I know this doesn't answer exactly what OP asked.... but in the spirit of your appreciation for doing charts by hand, i'll offer this solution: Using a bulletin board or piece of some sort of heavy ...
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Problems with picture alignment in Microsoft Word - which other DTP software can I use?

In Microsoft Word, use tables instead of text boxes. The tables won't bounce around the page the way text boxes will. You can just create a one-row, one-column table to hold the picture and (if there ...
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