Planning Tools

Planning Tools

Finding a planning tool (not for project management)

I'm not going to plan an article to its death before I post it. I wanted to post this weekend, but life happened. I'm committing at least 30 minutes each day to writing and posting an article on my blog. No overthinking, just doing. No one is reading this anyway...right?

My first idea was to get a couple of links to software tools I can use to plan the Price Book Club web application. I did a quick Google search and I can't really find anything.

Not to waste too much time to find something, I'll come up with a shortlist to get me started.

1. Visual Paradigm

This is a tool I've used before and I learned of from school. I think it was in Software Engineering that the lecturer introduced to this tool. At first, I didn't like it, but seeing as I can't really find a lot of other (free) alternatives out there, this is still my go-to tool for planning out my projects. I like it especially for entity relationship diagrams and class diagrams.

2. Microsoft Visio

This is a pretty old version of Microsoft Visio and it's probably not supported anymore but it still does the trick. I haven't used it in a while, so I'll give it a go and see if it does the trick. I like free stuff. And maybe you'll like it too. It was a bit of a challenge to find a link to download it. I hope the link I shared is legit, the file is still downloading.

3. Figma

I haven't used this one before but I see it a lot in articles where developers share the resources they use. I'm interested however I'm sceptical about anything that's "free" but has paid parts. The free stuff is usually so crap you have to get the pro version or you are bombarded with advertising. I might give it a go and share my experiences on here.

Other honourable mentions

Microsoft PowerPoint is another. Simple to use. I like it. GIMP is another one that's free but I never took the time to learn how to use it. I've used Photoshop a lot in the past but stopped using it once it got really really expensive. Inkscape is also another one, but I'll need to learn how to use it.

This is a great way to start my blogging journey. Test out these tools and review them. Pick a winner and share my plans with the new tool. Maybe I can make a series of it as well. Here we go.