Before the visual processor, visuals had to be created manually with complex graphics software. Even for experts, producing a visual like a flowchart was time consuming and the results were often not presentation-quality. SmartDraw automates the creation of visuals to such a degree that anyone can do it, and get great results in minutes.
Why Everyone Needs a Visual Processor
The rapid pace of change in the modern business world and the information overload it has caused is a problem we all wrestle with. We need to consume information in a way that can be easily understood in the minimum amount of the time. When you look at information presented visually, you can immediately see the key ideas and the relationships between them, instead of having to take the time to read a 12 page report. A picture really is worth a 1,000 words. Learn more about the visual processor.
Create Every Kind of Visual
SmartDraw includes specialized templates for 70 different types of visuals. Everything from flowcharts to floorplans
As the world's first visual processor, SmartDraw's unique features make it possible for anyone to create presentation-quality visuals of all kinds in minutes.
Automatic Formatting Only SmartDraw draws for you. Start with a template then use simple commands to add shapes and SmartDraw places them in just the right position with the appropriate connections.
70 Different Kinds of Visuals No matter what type of visual you need to create, chances are SmartDraw has a quick-start template to help you create your graphic in minutes.
Microsoft Office Integration SmartDraw is fully integrated with Microsoft Office. With literally one click, you can send your completed drawing directly to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Outlook.
PowerPoint Integration SmartDraw works with PowerPoint like no other software to give you a better way to compose, manage, and deliver visual presentations.
Microsoft Project Integration SmartDraw even integrates with Microsoft Project so you can quickly and easily plan a complex project. Save your SmartDraw project chart in Microsoft Project format to share with coworkers. You can also import existing Project files
Microsoft Visio Filter SmartDraw gives you access to all your old Visio files, plus new ones you receive from colleagues.
Microsoft SharePoint Integration SmartDraw integrates with Microsoft SharePoint, one of the most popular document management systems in the world.
Microsoft Office Interface SmartDraw even works like Microsoft Office. Commands and options are grouped in a similar way, and are made easily accessible with the tab-oriented "ribbon" interface you're used to.
Sharing Documents SmartDraw makes it easy to share your visuals. In addition to one-click exporting to Microsoft Office, you can also share your SmartDraw documents as an Adobe PDF or any of more than a dozen different graphic formats, including TIFF, JPEG, BMP, and PNG.
Printing SmartDraw puts the printing options right at your fingertips without covering up your visual. As you change print options SmartDraw gives you an immediate preview so you know exactly what you will get.
Collections Group several SmartDraw files into a collection and manage them as a single file. Great for sharing project files with others.
Custom Template Categories Create your own categories in the SmartDraw Template selector.
AutoSave SmartDraw saves your visuals automatically as you create and modify them. Never lose work due to system failure again! When you restart SmartDraw, your saved document will open automatically.
Automatic Document Linking Easily separate large complex flowcharts, organization charts and other visuals into a collection of more easily managed hyperlinked documents with the split command
Customization SmartDraw automatically applies professional design themes for you, but also gives you complete control to customize your drawing in any way you want. Change the entire look of your drawing by applying a new design theme with just one click.
Customizing Graphics Customize even further by adjusting line thickness, outline and fill colors, even add textures.
CustomizingText SmartDraw gives you complete flexibility with text too—recolor, resize, select a new font, and even rotate.
Adding Shapes and Lines Each template includes a library of shapes and symbols specifically for the type of drawing you're working on. To add a new shape, simply select it and drag it onto your drawing.
Aligning, Rotating, and Grouping SmartDraw makes it easy to achieve a professional look by making it a snap to organize and manipulate your drawing elements. Group objects to make them easier to work with.
Tables Easily add tables to your drawing with the commands in the Table tab. SmartDraw gives you complete control of your table formatting, much like Microsoft Word, but with far more styling flexibility.
Adding Images and Photos Easily integrate photos and other images into your SmartDraw document by importing, or copying and pasting. All standard file formats are recognized.
Notes Put details about your visual in notes instead of on your diagram for a cleaner and simpler look. Add notes to any shape and see them pop up as you mouse over. Perfect for collaboration.
Comments Avoid the inevitable and confusing collection of co-worker emails by putting all your comments right into your SmartDraw document.
Your computer must meet these requirements in order to run SmartDraw:
Windows 7, Vista, XP or 2000
3GB free hard disk space
SmartDraw integrates with the tools you already use. One click will transfer your SmartDraw visual to Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook and PDF format
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Easy to use. I use it for charts, saves time and looks nice.
I was looking for a better alternative of Visio and was advised by a friend to try Smartdraw. Works a treat and is very easy to use.