Softpedia Editor's Review for SmartDraw
Easy-to-use software for creating basic business charts, diagrams, and presentations
Written by Elena Opris on January 25th, 2012
SmartDraw is an application that can help you easily organize presentations, charts, graphs and others, for business purposes.
The user interface of the program is clean and intuitive. You can create charts and graphs, floor plans, flowcharts, a matrix, mind maps, network diagrams, PowerPoint storyboards, project charts and timelines.
But you can also create a cause-and-effect representation, 3D, pie and relative value charts, decision tree, company merger, development decision, financial risk analysis and project development tree.
Furthermore, you can create a visual for engineering and schematics (e.g. data flow, entry relationship diagram), floor plans and landscaping, flowcharts, flyers and certificates, forms and documentation.
Moreover, you can focus on maps and geography, marketing charts, network and webdesign, presentations (e.g. balanced scorecard, cycle diagram), project planning (e.g. timeline), software design, strategy and planning, and more.
Once you have selected a template, you can use selection tools (e.g. all shapes, all lines), add text and shapes (e.g. rounded rectangle, oval, rounded square), as well as draw arrowheads and lines (e.g. straight, curved, shape connector).
In addition, you can select a theme, insert tables, pictures, maps, notes and comments, add symbols (e.g. standard shapes like circles, rectangles and starts), fill with colors (e.g. set gradient, texture and hatch), add effects (shadow, reflection, glow, bevel, gloss, perspective), change font style, attributes and color, configure paragraph settings, and more.
Once you are satisfied with the results, you can save the project for further editing or export it to a PDF file (if you install a third-party component, with the help of SmartDraw).
The program uses a moderate-to-high amount of system resources, includes a comprehensive help file and works smoothly. We haven't encountered any problems during our tests. Since SmartDraw is extremely easy to work with, we recommend it to all users. This is a must-have application.
Here are some key features of "SmartDraw":
· Build flowcharts by clicking simple commands, rather than manually arranging and connecting shapes on the page. Lines are drawn automatically, and formatting is automatic with shapes evenly spaced and perfectly aligned.
Automatic Business Graphics of all Kinds:
· SmartDraw includes hundreds of specialized SmartTemplates to automate the creation of every type of diagram, including: organization charts, project charts, decision trees, cause-effect diagrams, genograms, and more.
Instant Graphic Design:
· A professionally-designed graphic theme, specifying colors, line and type style, is automatically applied to each graphic. Select and change the theme with a single click.
· Create charts and graphs without having to make a spreadsheet first. Simply pick a chart and type your data directly into the bars. You can even drag the bars to represent the right values.
· Use pictures and images to display your information instead of standard bars, lines and circles. Create an ImageChart in seconds by dragging any image-even a photo-onto your chart, and watch your data come alive.
· Live Maps capture live data from the Internet allowing you to incorporate roads, regions, counties, zip codes, countries and even satellite images from across the globe into their illustrations-all as separate, editable elements.
Integrated Photo Capability:
· Built-in photo-software functionality allows you to import images directly from your digital camera or other source, crop and scale, adjust color and brightness, and drop them into org charts or any other illustration
Microsoft Office Interoperability:
· SmartDraw works seamlessly with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and other Windows-based programs-copy your illustration into any Office document with a single click.
· 7-day trial
· Nag screen
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Completely Redesigned Project Management: Sleeker, Faster, and More Powerful
· Faster and More Manageable Charts
· Better Controls and an Updated Look Make Project Management a Breeze for Anyone
· Save Time Assigning Tasks
· New Assignment View Equals Built-In Instant Accountability
· Save Time by Creating Custom Task Libraries
· Announcing Information Hubs: A Powerful New Organization Tool
· Communicate Complex Information Quicker and Easier
· Faster and Fewer Meetings using Real-Time Capture
· Built-In Instant Accountability
· All New Automated Timelines
· Automatic Formatting
· Automatic Positioning
· Make Better Looking Org Charts Even Faster
· Save Time with One-Click Layout Controls
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