MindJet® vs. SmartDraw

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Reasons to Choose SmartDraw Instead of MindManager®

1. SmartDraw does more, much more than just mind maps.

SmartDraw gives you the power to create automatically formatted visuals of all kinds—not just mind maps. Use SmartDraw to create flowcharts, organizational charts, Gantt charts, marketing charts, bar graphs & pie charts, forms, floor plans, scheduling calendars, and much more, all with just a few clicks and with formatting automatically applied.

SmartDraw diagram categories

2. SmartDraw generates project charts for you.

One of the most common uses for mind maps is to brainstorm ways to solve a problem and get a job done—in short, planning projects. With this in mind, SmartDraw makes it easy to go from planning to doing by allowing you to instantly transform your mind map to a Gantt project chart. Plan your project with a mind map, then with the click of your mouse, view it as a Gantt chart. Toggle between the mind map and Gantt chart views at any time. Changes you make in one view will be reflected in the other.

Convert mind map to gantt chart

3. SmartDraw integrates with Trello®.

SmartDraw lets you create a Trello card from any item on your mind map. Brainstorm and run meetings using a mind map and make them actionable with Trello. Only with SmartDraw!

Connect your SmartDraw mind map to Trello

4. SmartDraw costs less than MindJet MindManager®.

A single copy of SmartDraw costs $119 (online edition price). A single copy of MindJet MindManager® is $349 (online price). What's more, with SmartDraw you have a powerful tool for creating more than 70 types of visuals, not a single-purpose tool.

SmartDraw costs less than MindJet

5. SmartDraw Integrates with the Tools You Already Use

Save or share your mind map, flowchart, and many other visuals using Dropbox®, Box®, Google Drive, OneDrive®, and more. Export to Microsoft Word®, Excel®, PowerPoint® or any G Suite app like Google Docs® or Google Sheets® quickly and easily.

SmartDraw also has apps for Atlassian's Confluence and Jira.

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6. SmartDraw includes free lifetime product support.

SmartDraw provides free technical support, including a toll-free support number, for as long as you are a SmartDraw user. You interact directly with our experts who are trained to address your questions quickly and effectively. MindJet provides free support for 30 days only.

SmartDraw support vs MindJet

7. SmartDraw gives you better results.

MindJet MindManager® makes mind maps in one style—theirs. SmartDraw gives you a whole world of possibilities in stylizing your end result. Customize individual elements, or apply a whole new professional design theme with a single click. With SmartDraw the possibilities for annotating and stylizing your charts are virtually limitless. Add arrows, text boxes, or additional images... whatever it takes to communicate your message more clearly.

Customized mind map

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