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I haven't been able to draw anything useful on LibreOffice Draw. Where are the different shapes to make diagrams? All I can find are basic shapes that I would find on Microsoft Word (squares, circles, stars, arrows, etc). Will I be able to make more elaborate diagrams like a data flow diagram or a basic UML diagram?

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LibreOffice is a general-purpose drawing application and rather unsuited for diagramming and scientific drawing. It only -- as you have already seen -- provides basic shapes.

For diagramming, GNU Dia is an excellent tool, but there are many other great programmes around.

EDIT: I also want to mention yEd: it scales very well to big graphs and can be run via Java WebStart. It has some really cool features.

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Too bad to know that LibreOffice Draw won't do anything that is beyond basic shapes... that may be the reason why there isn't even a tag "libreoffice-draw" on this site. I will check your recommendations. Thank you. –  Mike G Apr 12 '12 at 16:47
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"excellent tool" is not exactly what comes to mind when I think about GNU Dia. It's a productivity and user interface nightmare. –  aef Dec 1 '12 at 15:29
    
-1 because there is a gallery that provides more than just "basic shapes" and you can import VSS files (with conversion) into LibreOffice draw using vss2odf. –  josten Jan 11 at 22:13
    
@josten Which is named how and can be obtained where? –  dualed Apr 9 at 9:44
    
@dualed looks like the tools are no longer able to be found in a google search... –  josten Apr 9 at 12:28

Just find it in the bottom pane

If you didn't find it, just go to

View > Toolbars > Drawing

That's all..You will get it.

As usual, like Microsoft Office you will get in the respective menus. [If you still remember the old office menus instead of the new Ribbon interface]

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If you're after a set of consistently styled isometric network equipment shapes (similar to the Visio ones) try these: http://www.vrt.com.au/downloads/vrt-network-equipment (Creative Commons licensed, in the Fedora repos as and RPM as well).

Now also added to extensions.libreoffice.org and extensions.openoffice.org

Sample of shapes

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