New Release of SmartDraw Cloud Has Reviewers Talking


The Smartest Way to Draw Anything on Any Device, Anywhere at Anytime

Here at SmartDraw our collective goal is to expand the ways in which people communicate so that we can clearly understand each other, make informed decisions, and work together to improve our businesses and the world.  We accomplish this by creating software and services that make it possible for people to capture and present information as pictures while being a pleasure to use.

We must be doing something right because today more than half of the Fortune 500 and more than 250,000 public and private enterprises of all sizes around the world use SmartDraw to accomplish precisely that goal.  SmartDraw has always been a Windows desktop application. Yet by 2010, we began to see signs that we need to extend SmartDraw to the cloud as well.  That’s why six years ago we decided to build a version of SmartDraw that could run on any device, anywhere at any time . . . . we created SmartDraw Cloud.

Go behind the scenes to see the Making of SmartDraw Cloud

The Reviews Are In

We launched SmartDraw Cloud on March 15th, 2016.  Since then, we’ve received rave reviews and we couldn’t be more thrilled.  Don’t just take our word for it.  Take a look for yourself.

SmartDraw Cloud means Mac users can use the versatile illustration app, with all the functionality of a desktop app and the added flexibility of the cloud.  A streamlined work flow, thousands of time-saving templates and tens of thousands of beautifully rendered symbols, all tied together within a painstakingly designed interface –it’s all there, operating just as responsively and swiftly as any app running locally on your machine.

While Microsoft’s Visio, a legacy platform that bears the mark of its ’90’s origins, is often found in major institutions with aging computer systems, SmartDraw was built from the ground up with today’s workflow in mind. Not to mention, Visio just doesn’t run on Mac, and now SmartDraw does.”

– Staff Writer, Cult of Mac

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Nothing like this is made for the Mac. . . More than that it lets you draw intelligent pictures.  The one thing that resonated with me is being able to draw a network map.  The idea is you tell it what you’re drawing and then you don’t have to actually have to be able to draw.  They have really “smart” clipart, for lack of a better term.  I’m going to draw a network map, it will load libraries of things you want in a network map like switches, routers, firewalls and computers.  And if you want you can bring in your own symbols.  SmartDraw can do what Visio does and then some.

Dave Hamilton, President and co-Founder at The Mac Observer and BackBeat Media

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What makes this release so unique is the ability to provide a full feature set of its Windows desktop app in the cloud without having to sacrifice any components.  With the introduction of SmartDraw Cloud, users can create visuals from Macs, PCs and mobile devices.”

– Christina Mulligan,  Online and Social Media Editor for SD Times

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The most striking thing about SmartDraw is the relative ease at which it allows you to create visuals compared to the complexity of Microsoft Visio or Adobe Illustrator.  Compared to Visio, the choice of templates, the way the templates work and both the quality and choice of symbols is outstanding.  Within each template, there is a SmartPanel which contains thousands of high quality symbols, images and clip art to work with.”

– Staff Writer, MACHOW2

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It’s more important than ever for small businesses to be able to create strong visuals.  And with the newly released SmartDraw 2016 from SmartDraw Software, it’s easier than ever to do just that.  SmartDraw, a popular drawing software with more than 1 million users worldwide, now includes SmartDraw Cloud, allowing users to easily create powerful visuals from any platform, including PCs, Macs and mobile devices, anywhere.” 

– Rieva Lesonsky, CEO, President & Founder at Grow BizMedia

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SmartDraw has been my go-to diagramming program for many years.  I’ve used it to create numerous diagrams and infographics for [my] blog.  Why?  Because it provides me with a comprehensive set of easy-to-use tools that help me bring my ideas to life, quickly and easily.  

Here’s the bottom line: SmartDraw is much more than a diagramming tool. It’s a visual thinking engine.  No matter what type of visual idea you’re working on, it can help you express it faster and make it look professionally produced.”

– Chuck Frey, Author and Producer of The Mind Mapping Software Blog

Read more: SmartDraw Cloud Delivers Unmatched Power for Visual Thinking and Communication

When it comes to overall features and functionality, SmartDraw cloud definitely leave it standing.  SmartDraw has 4,500 templates compared to Lucidchart’s 125 with 34,000 symbols versus 1,840.  Lucidchart supports saving to Google Drive like SmartDraw but SmartDraw also supports Microsoft OneDrive and Dropbox.  But it’s from a usability standpoint that SmartDraw really excels over Lucidchart.

– Staff Writer, MACHOW2

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