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How to diagram your models

PostPosted: November 26th, 2008, 1:14 pm
by OrigamiGianluca
Since I've seen that diagramming is a very common problem (it was my very forst question too as I've jioned to our forum), I've decided to collect here all the links I've found in the forum (and also out) regarding "how to make diagram".

Many thanks also to TheRealChris that put me on the right way to find out all those links :wink: :)

The best software to draw a crease pattern

Your favorite diagramming software

Diagramming software used by professionals

The Arrows in Diagrams

Softwares for producing diagrams (essay, 215 pages)

Drawing diagrams

Best Way to Diagram?

ORIPA (java CP drawing software)

Novel Methods for Transferring Crease Patterns (on large sheets)

Crease Pattern Maker

To diagram or not to diagram, that's the question.

CP versus diagrams

Getting a CopyrightAfter all our effort to draw diagrams it would be usefull to know how to protect them :wink:

Drawing of diagram

How to draw a diagram?

Crease patterns as diagrams

From crease pattern to diagram

NOTE: I've tested all the links, expecially the older ones, and until a couple of month ago they still work.
Anyway if you would find some broken links please report them to me and I'll remove them from the list. :)

Enjoy reading Image

Moderator comment: made this a sticky, thx for collecting :-)

PostPosted: November 26th, 2008, 7:34 pm
by HankSimon
Excellent list !

Here are a few more links on the logic and the style of diagramming:

Robert Lang wrote a 30 page essay on diagramming style (click on diagramming):

Gerwin Sturm wrote this Introduction to Origami Diagrams:

Rikki Donachie wrote the following essay on diagramming: ... hebad.html

Tung Ken Lam wrote an Origami Simulator and diagrammer:

David Lister's History of Origami Diagramming: ... agrams.php

An Overview of diagramming Origami Models (2002) by Peter Budai: ... iag_en.htm

Stephen O'Hanlon's essay on designing (applies to sequencing diagrams):

- Hank Simon

PostPosted: December 30th, 2009, 11:38 am
by OrigamiGianluca
Following THIS little problem, I've recently found out that the new version InkScape has been finally released!

This new version (0.47) has no more the bug of unexpected closing down.
I'm using it intensively and I've never get back an error. :D
Thank you for all the work done from the InkScape staff!

You can download it HERE

PostPosted: December 31st, 2009, 12:35 am
by Jonnycakes
Yeah, the new version looks a lot prettier too :P
The main change (for origamists) seems to be the new way inkscape handles snapping. It seems more efficient, but it will take a while to get the hang of.

PostPosted: December 31st, 2009, 4:25 am
by ftangdude55
Alright, new version of Inkscape. :D
I'll have to download it soon.

Anyways, I've started writing a guide on how to use Inkscape for origami diagramming specifically. I'll post it here when it is completed. I'll have to have someone edit it when I finish though, so if you are interested, just PM me.

PostPosted: February 14th, 2010, 9:16 pm
by Wizmatt
I have started drawing diagrams using inkscape but have realised that each SVG file can only have one page. How can I convert inkscape drawn diagrams to a pdf but merge in all the different pages?

PostPosted: February 14th, 2010, 9:42 pm
by Growlanator
After using Inkscape I convert each page to a .pdf file by printing them as one (for this i use doPDF v7 which creates a .pdf file instead of printing the document).
Then I join the resulting .pdf files with PDFILL pdf tools (free) which was the only thing I found to work with windows 7 64.

There are plenty or programmes about to do any of the above, some of it is trial and error and finding what works for you :)

PostPosted: May 7th, 2010, 12:09 am
by YHOYO my web page you can see a link call "TV" that you can learn 3 powerfull softwares (autocad, blender and inkscape) in order to make this moment we are making others videos of this 3 softwares...we are trying publish each week. You should be see us.

direct link


soon in english

PostPosted: May 9th, 2010, 2:35 pm
by joshuaorigami
inkscape version 0.47 is a quick and great software for origami diagramming! i have already diagrammed a kangaroo with it which can be found here : ... scape.jpg/
i am curruntly diagramming 3 models and will use inkscape for a long time to come!
it is hard to know exactly what to do at first but once you get the hang of things it is very easy, quick and clever!

Re: How to diagram your models

PostPosted: May 18th, 2011, 9:24 pm
by merman
Inkscape is wonderful.

My kiwi from the Christmas book was made with it...

Re: How to diagram your models

PostPosted: July 22nd, 2011, 3:45 pm
by Pop pop
reminds of what is josh doing for me

Re: How to diagram your models

PostPosted: October 24th, 2011, 10:43 pm
by Gerardo
I listed the guides I found in the matter here: DIAGRAMMING GUIDES
Although some of the articles, have already been mentioned in this thread.

And if you can read Spanish, you could read J. Juan Campo's "Tutorial de DiagramaciĆ³n con CorelDRAW" parts 1 to 5.

Re: How to diagram your models

PostPosted: November 19th, 2011, 12:08 pm
by Harpseal
I will check those out when I have time! those will be really useful as I have looooaaaads of models I have made that need diagraming! three headed cobra dragon anyone? (That's just ONE of the ones I need to Crease pattern or diagram or something..........)

Re: How to diagram your models

PostPosted: November 19th, 2011, 12:50 pm
by gachepapier
Has anyone been diagramming on a tablet ? Which one and with which software ? I'd fancy it'd be pretty cool, but I am not sure there are truely useful hardware/software combos in this realm.

Re: How to diagram your models

PostPosted: November 20th, 2011, 12:18 am
by origamiguy
I have not used a tablet, but Beth Johnson showed me that she uses an App on her iPad to do her diagramming.