SmartDraw Software Enhances User Experience of the World's First Visual ProcessorTM

New release of SmartDraw VP helps users get more done with improved interface and expanded template collection

SAN DIEGO, CA - May 4, 2011 - Today, SmartDraw Software announced key enhancements to SmartDraw VP, the world's first visual processorTM, that improve the user experience and increase ease of use while adding key functionality. SmartDraw VP empowers the 95% of PC users who create only written documents to reap the benefits of communicating visually, and the enhancements announced today help users get the results they want faster than ever.

The new enhancements include:

New User Interface

SmartDraw VP's user interface has been totally redesigned to be easier to use. The new interface is the same state-of-the-art design developed by Microsoft for Office® 2010-which means every detail is backed by years of study and thousands of hours of user testing. The streamlined ribbon interface puts the most commonly used commands at users' fingertips.

While the new SmartDraw is 100% compatible with Microsoft Office® 2010, users do not need own Office 2010® to benefit from the new release. SmartDraw is fully compatible with older versions of Microsoft Office®.

New Print Controls

SmartDraw VP's totally redesigned print controls eliminate the need to click through dialogue boxes. Now printing options appear next to the visual without obstructing it. As various print options are selected, like paper size and orientation for example, a preview is shown instantaneously so that users know exactly what they will get without having to go through the extra step of a manual print preview.

New Templates

In addition to the more than 70 different templates for every type of visual, the new release of SmartDraw VP now includes a new template for Visual Outlines making it easy for users to quickly brainstorm and organize all thoughts, ideas, or tasks in a project. Visual outlines of tasks in a project can be instantly converted into a project chart (Gantt chart) with a single click.

The new release also includes a set of new templates for use in Visual Process Management (VPM). Visual Process Management totally revolutionizes the way processes are documented and managed by putting all company processes, positions, and responsibilities into a collection of interlinked visuals that can be navigated like a website.

The new VPM-specific templates make it easy to quickly document every position, process, and responsibility throughout your organization. More information on VPM is available at

"Having a visual processor on every desktop enables visual communication throughout the organization, which in turn brings increased efficiency, more effective presentations and proposals, and less frequent yet more effective meetings," said Paul Stannard, CEO of SmartDraw. "The improvements in the new release of SmartDraw VP further extend these benefits by making the program even easier to use for everyone."

SmartDraw VP automates the creation of 70 different types of business visuals including flowcharts, mind maps, project charts, timelines, floor plans, data charts and more. Built-in integration with Microsoft Office® and Adobe PDF allows users to create and then share SmartDraw visuals with a single click.

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


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