Visio® Alternative

Why SmartDraw is a Better Alternative to Microsoft Visio® 2016

If you've ever tried to create a flowchart with MS Visio®, you know how hard it can be. You start with a few rudimentary tools and if you need to change anything—move a shape, delete a shape, or add a new shape—you're on your own.

SmartDraw automates all of this for you. Click simple commands, and SmartDraw does the rest.

Watch the video to find out why SmartDraw is the best Visio® alternative software on the market.

  1. SmartDraw is More Affordable
    Equip your entire organization for less than the maintenance cost on the equivalent number of seats of MS Visio®—save up to 50%. Request a site license quote here.
  2. SmartDraw Imports Visio® Files and Visio® Stencils
    SmartDraw allows you to open Visio® files and stencils even if you don't have Visio® installed on your system. You can even batch convert entire directories of Visio® files at once. It's best of both worlds. You get the power and ease of SmartDraw and the ability to collaborate with Visio® users. Learn more about importing Visio® files and stencils here.
  3. SmartDraw Exports Back to Visio®
    If you need to continue to collaborate with colleagues who haven't made the switch, SmartDraw makes it easy by letting you export any diagram back to Visio® as needed. Learn more about SmartDraw's Visio export.
  4. SmartDraw Does More
    A quick comparison of the feature sets makes it clear.
    SmartDraw Visio®
    Breadth
    Pre-Installed Templates 4,500+ 100+
    Built-In Symbols 34,000+ 1,800+
    Works Anywhere
    Online
    Behind Firewall
    Intelligent Formatting
    Flowcharts
    Org Charts
    Cause and Effect
    Decision Trees
    Network Design
    Project Charts
    Development Platform
    Build Class Diagrams from Data
    Build ERD from data
    Build Sitemaps from Data
    Open API
    Shape Data
    Engineering Power
    Import AutoCAD files
    Standard Engineering Scales
    Annotation Layer
    Integrations
    Import and Export Visio® Files
    Import Visio® Stencils
    Easily Share with a Simple Link
    Export to Microsoft Office®
    Save to Google Drive
    Save to Dropbox®
    Save to Box®
    App for Confluence®
    App for Jira®
    Power-Up for Trello®
    Add-On for G Suite®
    SmartDraw
    Breadth
    Pre-Installed Templates 4,500+
    Built-In Symbols 34,000+
    Works Anywhere
    Online
    Behind Firewall
    Intelligent Formatting
    Flowcharts
    Org Charts
    Cause and Effect
    Decision Trees
    Network Design
    Project Charts
    Development Platform
    Build Class Diagrams from Data
    Build ERD from Data
    Build Sitemaps from Data
    Open API
    Shape Data
    Engineering Power
    Import AutoCAD Files
    Standard Engineering Scales
    Annotation Layer
    Integrations
    Import and Export Visio® Files
    Import Visio® Stencils
    Easily Share with a Simple Link
    Export to Microsoft Office®
    Save to Google Drive
    Save to Dropbox®
    Save to Box®
    App for Confluence®
    App for Jira®
    Power-Up for Trello®
    Add-On for G Suite®
    Visio®
    Breadth
    Pre-Installed Templates 100+
    Built-In Symbols 1,800+
    Works Anywhere
    Online
    Behind Firewall
    Intelligent Formatting
    Flowcharts
    Org Charts
    Cause and Effect
    Decision Trees
    Network Design
    Project Charts
    Development Platform
    Build Class Diagrams from Data
    Build ERD from Data
    Build Sitemaps from Data
    Open API
    Shape Data
    Engineering Power
    Import AutoCAD Files
    Standard Engineering Scales
    Annotation Layer
    Integrations
    Import and Export Visio® Files
    Import Visio® Stencils
    Easily Share with a Simple Link
    Export to Microsoft Office®
    Save to Google Drive
    Save to Dropbox®
    Save to Box®
    App for Confluence®
    App for Jira®
    Power-Up for Trello®
    Add-On for G Suite®
  5. SmartDraw Works the Same Way on Your PC and Mac
    SmartDraw lets you create and edit diagrams using any modern web browser or on your PC behind a firewall. Whether you're using SmartDraw on your desktop or online, you will have access to over 70 types of diagrams and thousands of symbols and all of SmartDraw's powerful features. The two components work seamlessly together. You can work on the same diagram in the Windows and online versions of SmartDraw using the same full set of features, symbols, and drawing power in both.
  6. Users Actually Use SmartDraw
    SmartDraw's intelligent formatting makes it so easy for users to get the results they want, that they use it much more. Stop paying for software that is rarely or never used.
  7. SmartDraw Needs Little to No Support
    SmartDraw is designed for ordinary computer users. Even the most novice users can become instantly productive with SmartDraw. That means they need less support. When they do, direct users to SmartDraw's free, 1-800 help desk for SmartDraw's in-house tech support team.
  8. You Can Collaborate Easily Even with Non-SmartDraw Users
    You and your team can work on the same diagram by sharing it on your included online account or by using your favorite file sharing apps like Dropbox®, Google Drive, Box® or OneDrive®. You can also share files with non SmartDraw users by simply emailing them a link.

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