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Why SmartDraw is a Better Alternative to AutoCAD®

If you need to draw a 2D technical diagram, HVAC, floor plan, or engineering diagram, there's no reason to pay a lot of money for AutoCAD® or spend a lot of time learning how to use AutoCAD®. You'll save both time and money by using SmartDraw's intuitive tools and built-in templates and technical engineering symbols you can drag and drop.

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Top Reasons SmartDraw is the Ideal AutoCAD® Alternative

  • Quick-Start CAD Templates
    Skip the learning curve of AutoCAD®. SmartDraw includes hundreds of engineering templates and architectural plan examples. Choose a template that is most like your project and customize it to suit your drafting needs.
  • Extensive Symbol Library
    With SmartDraw, you get a vast collection of mechanical engineering and architectural symbols for every type of CAD project.
  • Intelligent Formatting
    SmartDraw helps you align and arrange shapes perfectly. Smart connecting lines stay attached to your components even when you move them around.
  • DXF Import and Visio® Integration
    SmartDraw can open a DXF file and use it as a background layer. You can also import and edit Visio® diagrams. You can even export any drawing to Visio®to help you collaborate better.
  • Free Support
    Have a question? Call or email us. SmartDraw experts are standing by ready to help—absolutely free!
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SmartDraw is Trusted by the Fortune 500

Three-fourths of Fortune 500 companies use SmartDraw, as do more than 250,000 public, private and government organizations worldwide.

SmartDraw is the trusted tool to make diagrams by professionals worldwide. In fact, over 22 million people all over the world have tried SmartDraw.

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