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What Is SmartDraw?

Make 2D architectural drawings and designs in minutes using SmartDraw's built in templates, tools and symbols. Includes pre-made 2D plans, as well as the ability to start from scratch. Draw and print to any scale, including Metric. Simple sharing and collaboration tools. Import Visio files & stencils.

Easily design floor plans, home and house layouts, site and plot plans, commercial & office plans, store layouts, elevations and more.

Who Uses SmartDraw?

SmartDraw serves anyone who needs to make a diagram, from contractors and architects, to business executives and project managers. SmartDraw's tools will help any professional become more effective.

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Reviews of SmartDraw

Average score

Overall
4.1
Ease of Use
3.9
Customer Service
4.0
Features
4.1
Value for Money
3.8

Reviews by company size (employees)

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  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001
Rohit
Rohit
Business Analyst in India
Verified LinkedIn User
Information Technology & Services, 501–1,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Great tool for business analyst activities

5.0 5 years ago

Pros:

Can create your mind maps and complex flowchart of any kind with ease. Using it on office desktop and well integrated with Microsoft office suit. Also compatible with google docs which is very helpful

Cons:

So i didn't find anything and i will strongly recommend this for pm and business analyst activities.

SmartDraw Response

5 years ago

Hi Rohit, Thank you for taking the time to write a review, I'm happy to hear SmartDraw worked well for you. If you need anything, please do not hesitate to reach out. US: 800-768-3729 International: +1 858 225 3300 email: [email protected] -Chris

Gerson
Gerson
Arquitectura, Diseño y Desarrollo de Aplicaciones Web in Venezuela
Verified LinkedIn User
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

SmartDraw a powerful tool for diagramming, drawing, layout and more.

4.0 6 years ago

Comments: It is perfect for drawing projects, has a wide range of templates that make it easier for you to work and all the types of diagrams you need (at least it is for my IT area), it has a desktop and online version that allows you to work in any place, it is very useful.

Pros:

SmartDraw is a very complete plication for all types of diagrams that you need, has great virtues with respect to Visio that can be considered the number one in the market or at least used, when you need to diagram a project from the basic algorithm to the more complex gantt diagrams , this tool is very useful, it makes you much easier in work (in my experience much easier to use than Visio) the connection between diagrams is simpler, since finishing a diagram makes it much easier to do the following, has a wide range of options and templates that help you in the creation process, contributing to the development of diagrams for systems that you are going to develop, a very useful tool for projects where you need to correctly capture what you want to develop, use it, try it for yourself.

Cons:

Its main against is the price, the full version is very expensive although it allows you to enjoy the desktop version and its cost is very high, I think you should download it to compete more in the market. The speed of the online version sometimes fluctuates negatively, it is a mistake that must be corrected.

Diana
Owner in US
Furniture, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Unstable and Quirky - Danger - Lost Work Zone

1.0 6 years ago

Comments: The only benefit I have received is when I quickly print what I am working on, so that this horribly unstable and unpredictable program will not just lose it and delete even saved work from its memory. When you want to make certain measurements, you will never be able to do so, because it only allows "anchored" points to be measured - not the item or space you wish to measure. It is impossible to scale down their furniture selections/templates because they have it set to scale down the width, when all you want to change is the length. It has been a disappointing waste of time and money.

Pros:

I has little to say for Pros: because it is just as easy to draw boxes without having this program. I learned every feature and applied all of the program's features. It is likely that you could get a beginning design to give to someone, as a simple floor plan, if that is what you need. But be sure to print it to preserve your work after each little change.

Cons:

Customer service is practically nil and there is no "help" or troubleshooting. If you try to contact them for support, you have to wait and see if they will send you an email the next day - and they usually won't. If you get the email, it does not remotely address the trouble or offer to talk you through it if their "solution" or instruction is not on point. Really disappointing. There is no auto save unless you are working in the Cloud for this program. Further, it constantly just stops and closes itself - and dumps all of your work during that session, even if you have been saving! So, then the hours of work are permanently lost - no kidding, EVEN if you pushed save. If you use it, you must remember to save, save, save - after each little line or inclusion and then print. Then close the program before its instability causes it to just close itself as to the design you are working on. If you don't close it down, you will lose all of your work. Then - get this - when you reopen a file after it has decided to shut down, it says that there is a recovered work file and asks if you want to open it and recover it. If you say "yes" the program shuts down again, over and over and over. It is so unstable that it can't hold up to the tasks it claims to be performing with its features, such as layers, measurements, inserting photos, etc.

Oscar
Oscar
Engineer in Nigeria
Verified LinkedIn User
Internet, 501–1,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Great for new users to computer aided designs.

4.0 6 years ago

Pros:

I tried Smartdraw for the first time in 2016 and I was impressed by the ease of use ; I understood the major workings around this program in a matter of days.I have used Smart draw for Gantt style charting , simple drawings ,including floor drawings when I moved to my new home a while back. Smartdraw provides users with a variety of modules ,making it a program which can be leveraged by different professionals in different career fields.

Cons:

Smartdraw doesn't allow for remote collaboration like what I have come to expect from months of recently embracing Lucidchart. I have also found out that when creating Gantt charts with this program , I am limited in the number of coloumns I am allowed to use.

Carl
Carl
Ministry Director in US
Verified LinkedIn User
Arts & Crafts, Self Employed
Used the Software for: Free Trial
Reviewer Source

smart draw 101

5.0 5 years ago

Comments: I am able to organize,plan,and create forms,documents for my ministry,and hobby,and it makes it so much easier to do.smart draw is a great starter for anyone that has a hobby.or likes to keep track of activities.

Pros:

This software not only helps you draw but has other activities you can plan,organize any kind of project you want to build.I got the free trial and it is great.it is good as a starter for a first timer that desires to create activities for work,school,club,organization.

Cons:

the free trial is limited,but it is worth learning the basics of creating document,forms,and lots of projects that you are going.

SmartDraw Response

5 years ago

Hi Carl, Thank you for the positive review. Good to hear you are getting so much use out of the software. If you need anything from us at all, please let us know. International: +1 858 225 3300 US: 800-768-3729 / 858-225-3300 email: [email protected] -Chris