San Diego, CA.—June 24, 2008 - SmartDraw.com today announced that the Malaysia Ministry of Education has selected SmartDraw's business graphics software to enhance the teaching and learning of science and mathematics in English in Malaysia's schools. More than 24,000 copies of SmartDraw are to be distributed throughout the country's schools, an investment of approximately $1 million.
The purchase is part of a continuing strategic policy adopted by the Malaysian government called PPSMI to better instruct Malaysian students math and science in English, according to Ms. Nadira Yusoff, Managing Director of Nadi-Ayu Technologies Sdn Bhd, SmartDraw.com's distributor for Malaysia that coordinated the purchase of SmartDraw on behalf of the Malaysian Ministry of Education. To support this program, the Ministry of Education decided to purchase over 24,000 computers—each one preloaded with SmartDraw software.
"SmartDraw is an excellent communication tool to be used in all environments," said Nadira. "In the education environment, SmartDraw enhances teaching and learning by allowing students and teachers to communicate more effectively with graphics. Through the PPSMI project, the Ministry hopes to encourage teachers to use the computers with SmartDraw supplied them by providing an easy to use graphical tool - to assist them create content, improve - their teaching process, engage students, and increase students' understanding."
SmartDraw, popular software downloaded by more than 2 million people each year, is the first software program to automate the creation of education graphics, allowing users to create charts and diagrams such as flowcharts, science diagrams, technical drawings and more in minutes.
Unlike other graphics programs that provide users with a blank screen and expect them to draw, with SmartDraw users start with a template that is specifically designed to create the type of illustration they need. Users enter the information and SmartDraw does the rest: building the graphic automatically using built-in rules and professional design themes to guarantee polished, presentation-quality results in just a few minutes.
SmartDraw features one-click export to Microsoft® documents like Word®, PowerPoint®, and Excel®, and also saves to PDF. And, in the rare case that users need extra help, SmartDraw offers free customer support to all users.
"We are delighted that the Malaysian school system has selected SmartDraw for education graphics," said Todd Savitt, Chief Sales Officer, SmartDraw.com. "This purchase marks the biggest sale in SmartDraw.com history."
SmartDraw offers a variety of licensing options and programs, including educational pricing. A free trial is available at www.smartdraw.com and includes both online and telephone technical support.
SmartDraw.com is the creator of SmartDraw, the world's most popular business graphics software and the first program that makes it possible for ordinary computer users to create presentation-quality business graphics in minutes. Each year more than two million people install and use SmartDraw and the company counts more than half of the members of the Fortune 500 as loyal customers.
Founded in 1994, SmartDraw.com is privately-held and based in San Diego, CA. In addition to SmartDraw 2008 for general business and home use, the company also offers SmartDraw Healthcare and SmartDraw Legal editions which include graphics and applications unique to their respective fields. For more information on the company or to download a free trial of SmartDraw, please visit www.smartdraw.com.
About Nadiayu Technologies Sdn. Bhd.
Nadi-Ayu Technologies Sdn Bhd is an established and trusted ICT solutions and technologies provider to the Malaysian market, mainly in the education industry. Nadi-Ayu produces computer-based products under their own brand, Natsys to various industries and markets in Malaysia, from personal computers, notebooks and servers to customized and specialized computer products. Being an innovative ICT solutions provider that delivers value-added services, Nadi-Ayu enhances its products with creative content developed by their in-house team, or working in alliance with partners such as SmartDraw.com to tailor to their client's needs. For information on Nadi-Ayu, please visit www.nadiayu.com.my.