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  • 1.0 stars

    "Smartdraw VP (Very Poor) = Jumped the Shark"

    February 27, 2011  |   By crp2011

    Pros

    Old versions still work in Win7 -- use them and don't be tempted by any so-called "deals" to upgrade.

    Cons

    Unintuitive
    Support Staff Has Extremely Variable Knowledge of Products (noob hires?)
    Not backwardly compatible
    Much Loss of Functionality from Previous Versions
    Dumbed-down functions & workflows

    Summary

    This used to be the best drawing application out there -- I started to use it back in 1997. But its best days are waayyy behind it. They changed the software direction and is no longer geared to individual users or the shareware market. Their new market: business users who need a charting wizard for PowerPoint. The list of lost software functions is long and speaks to the decline and fall of this application: multiple floating libraries, photo-editor plug-in, user online space for sharing drawings, hundreds of free graphics libraries, support for postscript fonts, etc. etc. -- all absent from Smartdraw VP.

    It is user-unfriendly, black-boxish and not for the creative.

    If you like wizards, you'll be OK. If you don't, you still need to follow their workflow or else the software is likely to crash.

    Sigh, how disappointing.

    (P.S. Beware the shill 5 star reviews in this list)

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