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I really like the illustrations used on this Microsoft MSDN page. Does anyone know of software that can be used to generate pictures like this?

Example image

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    I like the look of this too (+1). If no one tells you exactly which app was sued, are you open to suggestions of apps which will produce similar images?
    – Mawg
    Dec 14, 2017 at 7:48
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    @Mawg Absolutely! Even if there's anything comparable, I'd love to use such a tool. Balsamiq is the closest thing I can think of but I really like the style of these examples.
    – Seamus
    Dec 14, 2017 at 9:10
  • Tehre's a whole bunch of them, although not all will use the fancy font that looks like handwriting
    – Mawg
    Dec 14, 2017 at 10:11
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    Software identification is off-topic: softwarerecs.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/818/… You can make your question on-topic by modifying it to "What software can create illustrations similar to this one?" Please be sure to detail with words what is required, because different people see different things in an illustration. Example: "It must 1) generate black and white 2) Export to PNG 3) Make each word's first letter uppercase"
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Dec 15, 2017 at 6:59
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    A very good point, @Nicolas. It's not really clear to me what the OP is asking for. Is it the font? Trying to make it had-drawn? Is it the exact constituent parts of the diagram, like the clipboard? I address this in my comment to my answer below, but I would prefer to OP to tell us. Seamus, the more detailed information that you give us, the more that we will be able to help you.
    – Mawg
    Dec 15, 2017 at 7:25

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My favourite diagramming app is yEd. Check out the gallery to see if you like what it produces.

How about this, for example:

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or this

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or

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There's even a subway train map


As an alternative to the drag & drop likes of Yed, Dia, etc, I am a great fan of diagramming apps which take a plain text input and produce a diagram. And the undisputed king, for a few decades now, is GraphViz. Again, take a look at the gallery, to see if you can find one that you like.

Here's a simple example, but you can get very complex if you want to.

This input:

graph G {
  e
  subgraph clusterA {
    a -- b;
    subgraph clusterC {
      C -- D;
    }
  }
  subgraph clusterB {
    d -- f
  }
  d -- D
  e -- clusterB
  clusterC -- clusterB
}

generates this diagram:

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  • While these are all nice pieces of software, it doesn't look like that's what OP was asking for.
    – einpoklum
    Dec 14, 2017 at 23:20
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    It's not really clear to me what the OP is asking for. Is it the font? Trying to make it had-drawn? If so, go for "wireframe", using something like one of these. If the exact constituent parts of the diagram, like the clipboard, then yEd has many, but I ought to have stated one of the reasons I like ii is that you can import your own one time and they are thenceforth available on the toolbar for use in future.
    – Mawg
    Dec 15, 2017 at 7:21
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    You are both correct. Let's wait for the asker to make the question on-topic.
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Dec 15, 2017 at 10:15

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