Visualization tools for technical writing | by Goodnessuc | Average

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Diagramming tools.
  • Presentation tools.
  • Screen capture and screen recording tools.
  • Graphic design tools.
  • Data visualization tools.
  • Code visualization tools.
  • Engineering Computer-aided design (CAD) tools
  • Meme and GIF tools.

I started technical writing in 2020, and if there’s something I’ve struggled the most with, it’s visualizing my ideas for easier communication.
The more I wrote and researched, the more tools I found I could use to express myself better, and since I couldn’t find an article on visualization tools for technical writers, I thought it would be nice if I was writing a full article on visualization tools for technical writing.

It is well said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Adding visuals to your technical articles, documentation, etc. could help you with the following…

  • Hold the readers’ attention.
  • Better understanding.
  • Communicate statistical data.
  • Improved description.

In this post, I review various tools you can use to create images to improve communication in your technical writing.

Want to get started with technical writing? Check out these courses and blog…

DIAGRAM TOOLS

Diagramming tool for technical writing (homepge)
draw.io app interface

Diagramming tools help you create diagrams, flowcharts, and technical representations of your ideas.

Most diagramming tools have templates that technical writers can use to easily illustrate their ideas. for example, creating a flowchart of how APIs work.

Examples of diagramming applications include;

PRESENTATION TOOLS

Presentation tool landing page for technical writers
Ludus home page

Presentation tools are an easy way to share images in a slideshow. Presentation apps come in handy when creating technical documentation or tutorials, etc.

Some presentation apps include…

GRAPHIC DESIGN TOOLS

Graphic design tool landing page for technical writing
Canva home page

Good graphic designs draw readers’ attention to the topic and there are many tools that help create awesome graphics.

These tools include…

DATA VISUALIZATION AND CHARTING TOOLS

graphics application for technical writers
Google maps homepage

Data and statistics are better visualized as they help the readers to learn from the specified data.

Here are data visualization and charting tools…

SCREENSHOT AND SCREEN RECORDING TOOLS

screen recording app for technical writing
OBS homepage

Most of the time when creating tutorials, you may need to visualize the steps as they happen.

The following screenshots and screen recorders are available to choose from…

CODE IN PICTURE TOOLS

code to image app for technical writing
carbon homepage

Image code tools provide a way to easily share beautiful code snippets.

Useful websites in this category include…

ENGINEERING COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN (CAD) TOOLS

technical design tool for technical writers
Solidworks Launch Screen

These computer-aided design software are mainly used in fields such as mechanical engineering, civil engineering, etc.

Complex explanations can be simplified using them as they also have simulation features.

ILLUSTRATION TOOLS

illustration page on fire

The illustrations effectively tell complex stories with elegance; These tools help you design illustrations for your technical writing tasks

GIF MEMES AND TOOLS

GIF tool for technical writing
Giphy homepage

Technical content can sometimes be boring. A few memes and GIFs are never wrong.

Memes and GIFs should only be used to represent expression when necessary.

Useful tools for creating memes and GIFs are…

Technical Writing Visualization Tips…

  • Always add reference links to images where appropriate.
  • Add a caption to images.
  • Add alt text to images to help the visually impaired.
  • Only use images that describe a context within the subject.
  • Always add descriptions to charts.
  • Label all diagrams.

Until the next post, it is.

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