SmartDraw 2009

SmartDraw 2009

Download Editors' Rating:
5
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Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 178 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    52
  • Total Downloads:
    1,058,350
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 31, 2009
  • Price:
    Free to try (Variable length and run trial, print-limited); $197.00 to buy
  • File Size:
    23.68MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    758
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Word processors work wonderfully, right up until the time you need to draw a diagram to illustrate your work. SmartDraw provides a handy shortcut for anyone in this situation, offering a plethora of diagram templates and art elements that eliminate the need to start from scratch.

A huge variety of possible uses has been included, from software engineering or business modeling to anatomical illustration. Generic templates include flowcharts, organizational charts, mind maps, family trees, ER diagrams, and far more. A clip-art collection helps fill out the basic templates, and a drag-and-drop tool lets users easily add frequently used symbol combinations. The program also functions as a standalone drawing tool, supporting free-hand drawing, image layers, text, and tables. Work can be saved in a number of formats including JPEG, PDF, HTML and AutoCAD Interchange.

As a fast illustration or business tool for someone who's not doing full-blown design work, we think this program functions extraordinarily well.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    2.9

    out of 16 votes

    • 5 star 7
    • 4 star 0
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 7
  • All Versions

    3.6

    out of 178 votes

    • 5 star 93
    • 4 star 18
    • 3 star 5
    • 2 star 22
    • 1 star 40
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1 stars

"The full version sucks as well"

January 23, 2011  |  By Dandyfever

 |  Version: SmartDraw 2009 52

Pros

Neat idea, good price

Cons

The least intuitive software I know! None of the menu makes sense when you are used to MS products. Creating flow charts is frustrating and takes way more time than with other types of software.

Summary

A waste of time and money!

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1 stars

"Questionable program/questionable review"

December 03, 2010  |  By denesious

 |  Version: SmartDraw 2009 52

Pros

Never got it to work so nothing to add

Cons

Fails fundemental step on installation into system using Win-7

Summary

First item to point out: note the 5 star reviews: all have the same theme for the con: "too many features" or some such. I'd recommend the company employees try & be more creative. As to this review: attempted installation of the trial version revealed program desire to install into root directory. Attempts at alternatives under 'program files' resulted in error message regarding invalid directory. I created the desired directory manually and then tried again. Error message this time was that the disk had an erro or was full. Come on guys- if something as simple as the initial installation causes this much trouble, am I going to bother with this program? Would you?

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2 stars

"Counter intuitive & lacks basic functionality"

August 11, 2010  |  By antonello_guidi

 |  Version: SmartDraw 2009 52

Pros

Supports an incredible number of chart options.

Cons

Even though it looks good at first, you come to fine that this software is poorly implemented. It is counter intuitive, it lacks basic functionality, and it is extremely frustrating to use.

Summary

I do not recommend this product at all especially after dealing with their customer service and support. They sound very hot headed and defensive of their product instead of trying to understand where their customers come from, and what they need from their product. Although the software has great potential they need to be a bit more humble and get back to basics by listening to feedback. I regret spending money with them and will never do so again.

Updated on Aug 11, 2010

Review is actually for SmartDraw VP

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1 stars

"Personal use only no viewer for sdr files"

October 14, 2009  |  By lbowman

 |  Version: SmartDraw 2009 52

Pros

Great flowcharting and general graphics program.

Cons

Do not share your sdr files with associates as there is no provided viewer. Google for smartdraw viewer will only lead you back to the vendor's site to download a trail; it is their marketing strategy.

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1 stars

"Don't bother with the trial version"

August 22, 2009  |  By Iamauser2

 |  Version: SmartDraw 2009 52

Pros

Easy to use, if you like it buy it. I won't because I only need a 1 off calendar and I don't like the, not quite truthfull "Free Trial" hook.

Cons

Trial version (use it for free so they say) prints with a "Trial Version" watermark making your document useless.

Summary

I understand they are protecting their work but don't call it a free trial. Call it a free play with an unusable end product which is what it is.

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1 stars

"Useless for technical drawing"

August 03, 2009  |  By hargakanay

 |  Version: SmartDraw 2009 52

Pros

Simple interface; easy to construct diagrams quickly; easy to resize objects and alter drawings

Cons

Millimetre dimensions are not storeed accurately; zoom function makes it difficult to view long, thin objects

Summary

I wanted to use Smartdraw to design some acoustic enclosures I'm making. I'm using pieces of MDF which are around 9mm x 800mm in size. I can't use Smartdraw to model these: either the object dimensions are continually corrupted due to rounding errors (9mm quickly becomes a random value like 14.1mm) or, to store them accurately, it's necessary to use a scale setting that makes it impossible to zoom out far enough to view the object in its entirety. You can either size your object accurately, or view it, but not both. I contacted technical support to find out that this is a known issue, particularly when using millimetres, and that there's no workaround. I'm amazed that the product made it to release with such a fundamental flaw. My impression is that Smartdraw is poorly designed and tested, and not cut out for technical drawing, though it would like to pass itself off otherwise. Don't waste your time!

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5 stars

"Love This Software"

June 22, 2009  |  By Pinchbug

 |  Version: SmartDraw 2009 52

Pros

Easy to use. Lots of templates to get you started. Like the ability to add levels and dimensions on floor plans. Free Trail had so much more to offer than I expected. Watermark is only on the FREE TRIAL and was easy to remove from my pratice plans.

Cons

There is so much you can do with this program that it may take you awhile to learn all that it can do.

Summary

I am not a computer GEEK or a draftsman and I found this software easy to use, packed with options and well worth the price. I was able to design a floor plan for our cabin, place furniture, cabinets and appliances, and even play with color schemes for decorating ideas. Later I used it to plan closet storage layouts, did some flow charts for work, helped my kids do a family tree for school and lots of other things.

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5 stars

"A visual communication solution for everyone"

April 22, 2009  |  By joshua.platt

 |  Version: SmartDraw 2009 52

Pros

Easy to use, 1000s of templates, just click SmartPanel to add graphics- no experience required. Great integration with Microsoft Office.

Cons

There are a lot of capabilities in the product, and it can take time to learn about all of the diagram types that are available.

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5 stars

"The best and most intuitive graphics software available"

April 13, 2009  |  By ConsultQual

 |  Version: SmartDraw 2009 52

Pros

SmartDraw is comprehensive, easy and intuitive to use. It enables even new users to maximise productivity by using smart templates, making even complex diagrams a snap.
Its uses are almost limitless and only constrained by one's imagination.

Cons

There is nothing I don't like about SmartDraw. I have been using each version since Version 2 and each new version builds on a solid history of innovation.

Summary

I recommend SmartDraw to anyone who needs a cost-effective, comprehensive and easy to use graphics program. As a Quality Management Systems Consultant I use SmartDraw to quickly and effectively describe complex business processes, making them easy for anyone to follow, and particularly for systems auditors who must quickly grasp the fundamentals of client systems.

In more recent times the SmartDraw people have extended their role into a broader educational role by teaching users how to maximise their use of SmartDraw in many business situations. Their website contains a wealth of information, examples, techniques and ideas. A wonderful approach to helping its customers in these uncertain times and one which will keep me updating to each new version so I can realise the benefits of a great product, supported by a great team with vision.

No, I don't work for SmartDraw; they work for me by selling me the most useful software tool in my armoury.

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1 stars

"Don't download this"

April 10, 2009  |  By Wenmoko

 |  Version: SmartDraw 2009 52

Pros

Never at all

Cons

I downloaded the trial version and when I finished creating the map and clicked print, a darn watermark came out as well and no matter what it can't go away. And this cost 200 bucks. It's stupid. Instead I recommend you to use Freemind instead.

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Updated on Apr 10, 2009

asasasasasa

Updated on Apr 10, 2009

It should be 'none at all' in the Pros section and there's a repeat 'instead' in the Cons section.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 52
  • Version 2009.5 includes new and improved maps, project charts, flowcharts, time lines, better PowerPoint integration, data charts, IT/network diagrams, cooler effects.
  • General
    Publisher SmartDraw Software
    Publisher web site http://www.smartdraw.com/
    Release Date January 31, 2009
    Date Added January 31, 2009
    Version 52
    Category
    Category Business Software
    Subcategory Presentation Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows, Windows Me
    Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP/Vista
    Download Information
    File Size 23.68MB
    File Name smartdraw_setup_CNET.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 1,058,350
    Downloads Last Week 758
    Pricing
    License Model Free to try
    Limitations Variable length and run trial, print-limited
    Price $197

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