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Edraw Max

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    Aug. 02, 2016
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5 stars

"Hidden gem -- excellent diagramming tool"

October 11, 2016  |  By jonathanrstrong

2016-10-11 11:52:04  |  By jonathanrstrong

 |  Version: Edraw Max 8.4


The program is deceptively low-key, and turns out to be extremely feature rich. When you first load the program, you'll see that the UI is familiar if you're used to using Office 365 under Windows 10. On startup, you're offered an opportunity to open an existing document or create a new one from numerous included templates. You're presented with 23 categories, such as Business diagram, Card, Chart, Database, Engineering, Floor Plan, Flowchart, Industrial Automation, Map, Mind Map, Network, Project Management, Science and much more. When you select a category, you're offered a list of templates. For example, on select "Flowchart" I am offered Basic Flowchart, BPMN, Cross Functional Process (horizontal and vertical), Data Flow Diagram, Event Flow diagram, IDEF Diagram, Highlight Flowchart, Workflow Diagram and SDL Diagram, along with several completed examples in each category that offer great ideas and excellent starting points for your own diagrams.

Excellent value!


If you depend on Visio to validate IDEF rules, you won't have the same support for those in Edraw Max. I suspect this affects a very narrow subset of users. The User Interface should be familiar to Windows 10 / Office 365 users, but some of the layout and command sequence are a bit different; nothing impossible to figure out, but there will be a bit of a learning curve. There may be other cons, but I haven't worked with the product long enough to have noticed any yet.


Overall, this appears to be an incredible value. I'll be adding it to my professional "toolbox". In many instances and for many users, this should be an easy and very cost effective replacement for Visio. Definitely worth checking out the free trial to find out. In addition to being a very good value, the color sets, themes and styles, along with the wealth of template types and examples, all add another layer of value that goes beyond Visio in many instances.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 8.4
Version 8.4:
  • Adds properties export.
  • Adds SVG importing.
  • Adds infographics and presentations
Publisher EDrawSoft
Publisher web site
Release Date August 02, 2016
Date Added August 02, 2016
Version 8.4
Category Business Software
Subcategory Presentation Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8/10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 164.07MB
File Name edrawmax_full.exe
Total Downloads 175,038
Downloads Last Week 168
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $99

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