SmartDraw Visuals Make Projects Easier to Plan and Manage

Planning a project using SmartDraw is so easy and intuitive that many of our customers tell us they are able to do it "right out of the box." In just minutes you will be able to:

  • Plan your project quickly and effectively using a mind map
  • Convert it to a project chart in one click
  • Assign tasks and due dates, manage dependencies, adjust schedules
  • Create accountability by connecting tasks to your Trello® boards

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Project Planning and Management Simplified

SmartDraw Lets You Plan More Effectively

Diagramming a project using a mind map encourages the process to flow naturally, creating an efficient and easy-to-follow plan. This allows for more accurate estimates of timing and resources. SmartDraw lets you build mind maps quickly thanks to automated drawing. Move shapes and everything reformats, so that your diagram is always presentation-quality.

Mind map

Turn Your Plan into a Project Chart

Click the "View as Gantt Chart" button and you'll see that SmartDraw has used your mind map data to create a project chart.

Type in names of people who will perform each task. Add the dates that each task starts and ends. SmartDraw will create a date range automatically and scale it so that it fits on one page. Add dependencies or drag the date bars to readjust start/end dates.

View mind map as gantt chart

Assign Tasks with Trello®

To create accountability, assign tasks to team members by connecting your project plan to your Trello® board. Select any task and click the "Create Trello Card" button. You'll be asked to login to Trello®, choose any of your existing boards, select the lane the task belongs on, and assign a team member.

Changes to the Trello® cards are reflected in your project chart the next time you open it. When a team member marks a Trello® card as complete, the project manager will see this reflected in the SmartDraw project chart. Likewise, changes to the project chart, like task due dates, are reflected in the Trello® card in real time.

Create Trello card

SmartDraw Works with the Tools You Know

Easily share your project in a variety of common graphics formats such as a PDF, or export it to any Office® or G Suite® application in one click. SmartDraw also works with popular file sharing services such as Dropbox®, Box®, Google Drive, and OneDrive®.

SmartDraw integrations