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SmartDraw CI

$197

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    22.0.0.11
  • Total Downloads:
    19,334
  • Date Added:
    May 18, 2015
  • Price:
    Free to try (7-day trial, print-limited); $197.00 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    22.89MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    75
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #50 in Office Suites

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1 stars

"Professional grade malware"

January 30, 2016  |  By rabbitdad

2016-01-30 11:29:08  |  By rabbitdad

 |  Version: SmartDraw CI 22.0.0.11

Pros

has a ton of features

Cons

*can't uninstall
*popups, background processes which are completely unnecessary for this type of software
*difficult to use

Summary

Does not install in your program files and doesn't show up in your windows program list and therefore can't be uninstalled properly. Runs it's own background process even when not being used to display popups constantly urging you to upgrade, without permission and under a FAKE NAME that you must manually find and end before you're even able to delete the program manually from your C drive. This is highly unethical and there's no reason for 'profession-grade' software to be this shady. The average computer user would be unable to get rid of this software and I find that highly unethical.

That said I was also underwhelmed with the program itself. I found it very difficult to perform even basic tasks and I had no idea it would add an overly-obnoxious watermark to any file I saved until I had finished my project. There's no reason to install this.

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1 stars

"garbage program"

September 23, 2015

2015-09-23 12:41:11

 |  Version: SmartDraw CI 22.0.0.11

Pros

nothing... hard to find any of them..

Cons

most important of a garbage program: it doest let you uninstall it.

Summary

garbage program

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3 stars

"Great for quick graphics, but not backward compatible"

July 14, 2015  |  By chezjuan

2015-07-14 06:54:20  |  By chezjuan

 |  Version: SmartDraw CI 22.0.0.11

Pros

Large library of images, shapes, and templates make it easy to make quick graphics to insert in documents, proposals, and the like.

The multiple export options make sharing creations easy.

Cheap compared to Visio

Cons

The lack of backward compatibility is frustrating to say the least. Every time a new version comes out, any document edited in that version is no longer usable in previous versions, so you are forced to upgrade all users at once.

Some templates are confusing to use. For example, if you try to add text to a flow chart, it will try to connect the text to the chart rather than letting it be free-floating unless you create a separate layer for the text, which makes grouping and moving difficult. As others have noted, floor plans act strangely as well at times.

Summary

All in all this is a decent product for the price, when compared to Visio. Not as capable, more confusing, but hundreds of dollars less makes up for that based on my specific needs (creating charts and graphics for documents and proposals).

The lack of backward compatibility between versions is very annoying, and where the price/benefit between it and Visio starts to disappear. There is no reason for this - almost every other product I've used allows editing and even saving as old versions. This is the primary reason I've rated the product 2.5 stars. If it were backward compatible, I would say it is worth 3.5 stars, and if they make the confusing templates work better it may even get to 4.5.

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General
Publisher SmartDraw Software
Publisher web site http://www.smartdraw.com/
Release Date May 18, 2015
Date Added May 18, 2015
Version 22.0.0.11
Category
Category Business Software
Subcategory Office Suites
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 22.89MB
File Name smartdraw_setup_CNET.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 19,334
Downloads Last Week 75
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 7-day trial, print-limited
Price $197

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