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Virginia Tech Selects SmartDraw Software for Business Graphics

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) May 21, 2008 today announced that Virginia Tech has selected SmartDraw software for business graphics. According to Phil Lambert, Technology Business and Contract Analyst with Virginia Tech, SmartDraw will be available university-wide to help faculty, staff and students create polished, professional charts and graphics in minutes.

"We wanted to give everyone--especially those that are non-designers--the ability to create compelling business graphics such as flowcharts, organizational charts, floor plans, maps, Gantt charts, office layouts, timelines, and concept maps," said Lambert. "We needed an intuitive, easy-to-use graphics program that would work well with Microsoft Office."

According to Lambert, staff and students use SmartDraw to create everything from simple flowcharts to elaborate schematics for use in PowerPoint presentations.

SmartDraw, popular software downloaded by more than 2 million people each year, is the first software program to automate the creation of business graphics. Unlike other graphics programs that provide users with a blank screen and expect them to draw, such as Visio®, with SmartDraw users start with a template that is specifically designed to create the type of illustration they need. Users enter the information and SmartDraw does the rest: building the graphic automatically using built-in rules and professional design themes to guarantee polished, presentation-quality results in just a few minutes.

SmartDraw features one-click export to Microsoft documents like Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, and also saves to PDF. And, in the rare case that users need extra help, SmartDraw offers free customer support to all users.

SmartDraw offers a variety of licensing options and programs, including educational pricing. A free trial is available at and includes both online and telephone technical support.

About is the creator of SmartDraw, the world's most popular business graphics software and the first program that makes it possible for ordinary computer users to create presentation-quality business graphics in minutes. Each year more than two million people install and use SmartDraw and the company counts more than half of the members of the Fortune 500 as loyal customers.

Founded in 1994, is privately-held and based in San Diego, CA. In addition to SmartDraw 2008 for general business and home use, the company also offers SmartDraw Healthcare and SmartDraw Legal editions which include graphics and applications unique to their respective fields. For more information on the company visit


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