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SmartDraw VP

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.2 stars

    out of 9 votes

    • 5 star: 5
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 4
  • Current version:

    3.5 stars

    out of 8 votes

    • 5 star: 5
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Garbage! They ruined the program"

    August 26, 2011  |   By theesonnyd

    Version: SmartDraw VP 19.1

    Pros

    Nothing I found

    Cons

    GUI is horrible, where's "UNDO"? Why would you have to read the instructions to select only 1 wall as opposed to all? It sucks!

    Summary

    I've been using CAD programs for years, everything from Autocad to Smartdraw. This is worse than Punch software.

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  • 1.0 stars

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

    February 27, 2011  |   By crp2011

    Version: SmartDraw VP 19.1

    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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  • 1.0 stars

    "Little Kid's Software"

    October 17, 2010  |   By jtcoburn

    Version: SmartDraw VP 19.1

    Pros

    It is easy to use, though you cannot do much with it.

    Cons

    First, they load your computer with spyware and adware so you get pop ups about up-dates when you start your computer, though they actually have stopped supporting the version you just bought and are selling a new one. VP is just as bad as 2010.

    Summary

    Lines don't connect. When you group objects you end up with mess. When you ungroup them they are not the same as when you grouped them. You cannot make lines thin enough. Colors print far different on a printer than shown on the screen. Textures don't print right, they have blotches of different colors. If you use dimensions on something they show well on the screen but don't print. If you try to show a small dimension, you cannot change the font to smaller one so the dimension looks ridiculous, you cannot show small dimensions. I could go on and on. The layers function doesn't work correct, when you try to move something between layers, you cannot figure out why it ended up on another layer. This software is $99 and that is about three times what it is worth. Frankly, the graphics software in OpenOffice.org is free and it is better than this crap.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best software to communicate ideas and information."

    October 5, 2010  |   By zonker111

    Version: SmartDraw VP 19.1

    Pros

    I've never used a simpler tool for capturing ideas and information and immediately begin optimizing them so I can communicate effectively with others. I find others quickly understanding and sharing insights to make what I've done even better.

    Cons

    There is nothing I could find that didn't perform as I expected and then some.

    Summary

    For only $197, this is the best investment I've ever seen. My ROI in the first month was over 5x the cost, so it's only going to make me more effective the more I use it.

    Updated on Dec 15, 2010

    Once I learned how to hyper-link the various diagrams I was creating and these could be stored as a collection, huge possibilities opened up. By creating a link from an Org Chart for a position to the job map of what that position was responsible for, and then listing and linking to each of the various tasks, I was able to map out the people and processes of our company in a matter of hours. Then by having each department head sit with me, we quickly mapped out the flow detail (down to the screen shots). Immediately we could see areas for improvement. This is an amazing tool!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Smartdraw VP: the UNDISPUTED visual champ"

    September 15, 2010  |   By johnnyvc858

    Version: SmartDraw VP 19.1

    Pros

    I've been using Smartdraw since version 7 and am constantly wowed by the new things one can do. One-click project charts? Instant maps? One-click PowerPoint presentations? Incredible and true. The latest VP even has Auto-Save! VP is a SOLID WINNER.

    Cons

    The intermediate cost of Smartdraw may turn some users away, but it has paid dividends over and over again in terms of professional-quality output with minimal time and effort.

    Summary

    SmartDraw VP is worth more than its weight in gold --it's undisputed at creating amazing visuals, quick, easy, and in a format that is readily sharable with colleagues and professors. You can create instant charts and graphs, manage personal calendars, projects, processes, marketing visuals, and organizational hierarchies instantly. Sure, other apps offer similar visuals, but not to the extent or with the level of automation as Smartdraw. Is it cheap? No. Is it worth it? Absolutely, YES. VP is a keeper and is one of my personal favorite apps of all time. Thanks Smartdraw!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Different Than Any Other Software Available Today"

    September 15, 2010  |   By roxykat73

    Version: SmartDraw VP 19.1

    Pros

    Creates any kind of visual, integrates really well with Microsoft Office, requires no graphic design experience, anyone can use it, allows anyone to create really good Powerpoint presentations with effective visuals

    Cons

    No macintosh version

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Makes Flowcharting Soooo Much Easier"

    September 15, 2010  |   By asher435

    Version: SmartDraw VP 19.1

    Pros

    It automatically formats everything for you, which is great, and what's even better is that it even re-formats itself if you move groups shapes around, so you can totally re-organize your flowchart without having to re-draw/connect everything.

    Cons

    The auto-formatting can sometimes be a little quirky.

    Summary

    I have to make a lot of flowcharts for my job, and SmartDraw saves me LOTS of time. It's a great product if you want to make a good looking flowchart because it takes care of most of the coloring/formatting for you automatically, so you can focus more on what you're trying to diagram and focus less on trying to make it look pretty.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It truly is "the world's first visual processor""

    September 15, 2010  |   By JamesPKY

    Version: SmartDraw VP 19.1

    Pros

    This product is so powerful and yet so easy to use. It can serve hundreds if not thousands of uses in any organization. From process documentation to presentations (the PowerPoint builder feature is unbelievable) to mind maps - it's simply amazing.

    Cons

    I cannot think of a con about SmartDraw.

    Summary

    I've been using SmartDraw for over 12 years, and without a doubt this new edition is the easiest-to-use yet most powerful software program I've ever used. The visual processor analogy (SmartDraw, the world's first visual processor, is to visuals what a word processor is to text) really makes sense once you use this software.

    It really helps to do what we all want to do - communicate with visuals in our everyday life. You can make process charts (flow charts) to better manage processes, Gantt charts to manage projects, mind maps to brainstorm and organize thoughts, to-do lists, almost anything. It has great starter templates and thousands of examples. Whenever I'm not sure what kind of visual to use, or how to communicate something, I browse the many categories and almost always find something that perfectly fits what I'm trying to accomplish.

    SmartDraw is super intuitive, and so automated it's simply amazing.

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