Visio® Alternative

Compare Microsoft Visio® and SmartDraw

If you've ever tried to create a diagram 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.

  1. SmartDraw is 10x More Affordable
    Equip your entire organization for less than the maintenance cost on the equivalent number of seats of MS Visio®—save 10x. SmartDraw saves you money on a single license and saves you even more for your team or enterprise. Learn more about our site license here.
  2. SmartDraw Works on a Mac, Online, or Anywhere
    SmartDraw's Visio® alternative works perfectly on Windows PCs, Macs or anywhere else with an internet connection. See why SmartDraw is the best Visio alternative on a Mac.
  3. Import, Edit & Export Visio® Files
    SmartDraw makes the transition from Visio® seamless by allowing you to import and edit your existing Visio files, even if you don't have Visio® installed on your system. You can import individual files, or batch convert entire directories of Visio® files at once. Imported Visio® files are fully editable. If you are working with others who haven't yet switched from Visio®, SmartDraw will also export files back to Visio®. It's the best of both worlds. You get the power and ease of SmartDraw and the ability to collaborate with Visio® users. See why SmartDraw's Visio export is best in class.
  4. Import and Save Visio® Stencils
    You can still keep and use all of your existing Visio® stencils, even custom made stencils. Once imported into SmartDraw, Visio® stencils are fully editable and can be saved in SmartDraw to use as often as needed.
  5. Integrations with Microsoft Teams®, Google Workspace, Word®, Excel®, Azure, Confluence® and So Much More
    Easily add your SmartDraw diagrams and visuals to MS Teams, Confluence, Microsoft Office apps, Google apps and so much more. Adding visuals to presentations and reports has never been easier. You can also generate diagrams automatically from your Azure or AWS accounts. See all SmartDraw integrations.
  6. You Can Collaborate Easily, Even with Non-SmartDraw Users
    Share your diagram with your team easily. Add comments, notes, and hyperlinks. You can even use any of your favorite file sharing apps like Dropbox®, SharePoint®, Google Drive, Box® or OneDrive®. You can also share files with non SmartDraw users by simply emailing them a link.
  7. SmartDraw Has All the Power You Expect: Open API, Developer Tools
    SmartDraw is the only solution that is both an application and a development platform, with developer friendly features like an open API and data-driven diagrams, all online. Build diagrams from data automatically and build dashboards by assigning data to shapes, export manifests, and simplify complexity. Learn more here.
  8. Free Support
    Not only is SmartDraw easier to use than Visio®, but all SmartDraw users have access to free phone and email support. Our experts are standing by for any help you might need! No more need to dig through various Visio forums looking for an answer.
  9. Millions of Users and Top Ratings
    Fortune 500 enterprises and individual users alike have all found SmartDraw to be the best Visio alternative. SmartDraw has a 5 star CNET rating, is the Editor's Choice for both PC Magazine and MacHow2, and has hundreds of 5 star user reviews across rating sites like G2 and TrustPilot.

SmartDraw's Visio Alternative Does More for Less


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Get a SmartDraw Site License for a Fixed Price

A SmartDraw Site License lets you cover your entire organization with one annual fee without worrying about head counts. Save money and give yourself peace of mind. Our pricing is based on the size of your organization.
Calculate your savings with our ROI calculator.

Size of Company Unlimited Users at an Annual Price
500 or less employees $2,995
500-1000 employees $4,995
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Why are You Paying 10x More by Using Visio?

Licensing 500 Visio users can cost $90,000 annually and your Mac users are still out of luck. With SmartDraw, you'll pay a fraction of that and anyone can get the power to create diagrams for reports and presentations.

Trusted by Millions of Users

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Choose the Visio Alternative the Fortune 500 Prefers

SmartDraw adds over 300,000 new users per month and is trusted choice for diagramming at universities, government agencies, and over 75% of the Fortune 500.

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