SmartDraw Software Enhances the World's First Visual ProcessorTM

New Features Enhance Presentations, Increase Automation and Improve Collaboration


SAN DIEGO, CA - February 1, 2011 - Today, SmartDraw Software announced key enhancements to SmartDraw VP, the world's first visual processorTM, that make it possible for anyone to create visuals faster and improve the way they are presented in PowerPoint®. Integration with Microsoft SharePoint® has been improved to make it easier to collaborate and share SmartDraw visuals. The newest version also includes much improved flowchart, org chart, and mind map features.

SmartDraw VP automates the creation of 70 different types of business visuals including flowcharts, mind maps, Gantt charts, timelines, floor plans, data charts and more. Built-in integration with Microsoft Office® and Adobe PDF allows users to share SmartDraw visuals with a single click. When visuals are sent to PowerPoint®, SmartDraw automatically sequences them so that they are revealed step by step-a far more effective way to present information.

"A visual processor is to visuals what a word processor is to words," said Paul Stannard, SmartDraw Software's CEO. "Just as anyone can create professionally formatted written documents using a word processor, anyone can just as easily create professional-quality visuals with a visual processor. This is possible because both the word processor and visual processor automatically format your content. When you add or remove text in your written document, the word processor automatically reformats the text and repaginates. In the same way, when you add or remove shapes in your visual, the visual processor automatically reformats the layout. You can even compose a flowchart using just the keyboard, just like a word processor."

In addition to its improved flowchart, org chart, and mind map features, the latest version of SmartDraw VP provides improved SharePoint and PowerPoint integration, greatly enhanced collaboration features, and the ability to instantly create a perfectly formatted mind map from a text outline.

"Companies are increasingly realizing the ROI of putting SmartDraw VP on every desktop including: Shorter meetings that lead to action, reduced training time for new employees, improved processes and better quality," said Stannard.

For more information about SmartDraw VP, the world's first visual processorTM, or to try it for free, visit www.SmartDraw.com.

About SmartDraw Software
SmartDraw Software, LLC helps businesses increase their bottom line by improving communication, refining operations, completing projects on time, and successfully implementing their plans through the everyday use of visual communication. Publisher of SmartDraw VP, the world's first visual processorTM, SmartDraw Software enables business professionals to easily and automatically create more than 70 types of common business visuals, including flowcharts, project charts, mind maps, org charts, timelines and more. SmartDraw lets anyone achieve professional-quality results in just minutes. SmartDraw is used by more than half of the Fortune 500, as well as thousands of law firms, police departments, health systems and private enterprises of all sizes. SmartDraw Software, LLC is privately-held, with headquarters in San Diego, California. For more information or to download a free trial of SmartDraw, please visit www.SmartDraw.com.

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