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I would like to make a simple scheme looking like tree diagram (structure like this or that). The problem is that all the packages I did try, could make nice binary trees with little information in the nodes. My tree is not binary and I need to put some words on each node, so what tools could you recommend me to try for this?

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I think TikZ can do that without problem and without library. It's possible to add some parameters if you want to change something automatically. You can with the next method to scale without problem.

\documentclass[11pt]{scrartcl}
\usepackage{tikz}

\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}[every node/.style = {shape          = rectangle,
                                         rounded corners,
                                         fill           = blue!40!white,
                                         minimum width  = 3cm,
                                         minimum height = 1.5cm,
                                         align          = center,
                                         text           = white},
                   blue edge/.style  = { -,
                                         ultra thick,
                                         blue!40!white,
                                         shorten >= 4pt}]

% the nodes : possible  \newcommand*\dx{5} \newcommand*\dy{2}
\node(0;0) at (0,0) {Eukaryotes};
  \node(1;2)  at (5, 4) {Unikonts};   
  \node(1;1)  at (5, 2) {Chromalveolates}; 
  \node(1;0)  at (5, 0) {Excavates}; 
  \node(1;-1) at (5,-2) {Rhizaria}; 
  \node(1;-2) at (5,-4) {Plantae\\
                   (Archeplastida)};
     \node(2;1)  at (10,-2) {Conifers};
     \node(2;0)  at (10,-4) {Gnetales};
     \node(2;-1) at (10,-6) {Angiosperms};

% edges 
\foreach \j in {-2,...,2}
  { \draw[blue edge] (0;0.east) -- (1;\j.west); }
\foreach \j in {-1,...,1}
  { \draw[blue edge] (1;-2.east) -- (2;\j.west);}                  
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document} 

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If you want to modify the position with parameters:

\documentclass[11pt]{scrartcl}
\usepackage{tikz}

\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}[every node/.style = {shape          = rectangle,
                                         rounded corners,
                                         fill           = blue!40!white,
                                         minimum width  = 3cm,
                                         minimum height = 1.5cm,
                                         align          = center,
                                         text           = white},
                   blue edge/.style  = { -,
                                         ultra thick,
                                         blue!40!white,
                                         shorten >= 4pt}] 

\newcommand*\dx{5} \newcommand*\dy{2} 
% nodes 
\node(0;0) at (0,0) {Eukaryotes};
  \node(1;2)   at (\dx, 2*\dy) {Unikonts};   
  \node(1;1)   at (\dx, \dy)   {Chromalveolates}; 
  \node(1;0)   at (\dx, 0)     {Excavates}; 
  \node(1;-1)  at (\dx,-\dy)   {Rhizaria}; 
  \node(1;-2)  at (\dx,-2*\dy) {Plantae\\
                               (Archeplastida)};
     \node(2;1)  at (2*\dx,-\dy)   {Conifers};
     \node(2;0)  at (2*\dx,-2*\dy) {Gnetales};
     \node(2;-1) at (2*\dx,-3*\dy) {Angiosperms};

% edges     
\foreach \j in {-2,...,2}
  { \draw[blue edge] (0;0.east) -- (1;\j.west); }
\foreach \j in {-1,...,1}
  { \draw[blue edge] (1;-2.east) -- (2;\j.west);}                  
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document} 
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  • Thanks! I have almost finished my own diagram, however, compiler tells me that it doesn't know key 'tikz/align'. When I remove this line, everything works, but I cannot wrap a line. Could you help me with this?
    – Pavasaris
    Commented Apr 2, 2012 at 16:10
  • If you work with pgf 2.00 you need to use text centered instead of 'align=center` but It would be preferable to install pgf 2.10. Commented Apr 2, 2012 at 18:48
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An example without coordinates. Run it with xelatex or latex->dvips->ps2pdf

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{pst-tree,array}    
\begin{document}
\def\PSB#1{\pspicture(3,1.5)\psTextFrame[shadow,fillcolor=red!30,
  fillstyle=solid,linecolor=blue,framearc=0.3](0,0)(3,1.5){%
    \shortstack{#1}}\endpspicture}

\pstree[treemode=R,levelsep=2cm]{\Tr[ref=rc]{\PSB{Eukaryotes}}}{%
  \Tr[ref=lc]{\PSB{Unikonts}}   
  \Tr[ref=lc]{\PSB{Chromalveolates}} 
  \Tr[ref=lc]{\PSB{Excavates}} 
  \Tr[ref=lc]{\PSB{Rhizaria}}
  \pstree[treemode=R,levelsep=4.5cm]{\Tr[ref=lc]{\PSB{Plantae\\(Archeplastida)}%
           \pnode(0,0.75){Dummy}{}}}{\def\pspred{Dummy}%
     \Tr[ref=lc]{\PSB{Conifers}}\def\pspred{Dummy}%
     \Tr[ref=lc]{\PSB{Gnetales}}\def\pspred{Dummy}%
     \Tr[ref=lc]{\PSB{Angiosperms}}%
  }}

\end{document} 

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