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SmartDraw 2008 Breaks All Records –Helps Users Create Business Graphics Faster than Ever Before; Users Across the Globe Applaud New Features for Flowcharts, Org Charts, Floor Plans, and More

SmartDraw 2008 Breaks All Records --Helps Users Create Business Graphics Faster than Ever Before; Users Across the Globe Applaud New Features for Flowcharts, Org Charts, Floor Plans, and More










San Diego, CA (PRWEB) November 6, 2007

SmartDraw.com today announced that sales for SmartDraw have broken all previous sales records, both for new copies and for upgrades to existing SmartDraw owners. "Sales in September 2007 were up by more than 100% from a year ago," said Paul Stannard, CEO SmartDraw.com. "Sales of site licenses are our fastest growing segment. IT directors and users everywhere are recognizing the leap forward in usability and value that SmartDraw 2008 represents, and are choosing SmartDraw instead of Visio."

SmartDraw 2008, launched in September, is the first program that automates the task of creating business graphics such as flowcharts, org charts, floor plans and more. The new version is packed with exciting, helpful features that continue to draw admiration from both first-time users and long-time fans.

"Not only has SmartDraw saved us thousands in graphic design fees, but it has totally transformed our company," said Jeff Gordon, CEO of Amplio Consulting. "It's the best investment we've ever made."

Popular new features include LiveMaps, which captures live map data from the internet, allowing users to incorporate roads, regions, zip codes, and satellite images into their drawings; as well as Image Charts, which use images and pictures instead of standard bars, lines and circles…just like USA Today.

Users also love the new Express Charting feature, which allows users to create real charts and graphs of every kind, without having to make a spreadsheet first. Users simply pick a chart and type the data directly into the bars, or drag the bars to represent the right values.

"SmartDraw delivers communications, clarity, and the ease of looking good fast," said Dave Bartek, IBM. "I recommend it all the time…I am an evangelist for it!"

More than two million people have downloaded and used SmartDraw to create graphics such as flowcharts, org charts, family trees, floor plans, forms, timelines and more. Unlike other graphics programs that provide you with a blank screen and expect you to draw, such as Visio, with SmartDraw you start with a template that is specifically designed to create the type of illustration that you need. You enter your 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. It draws for you!

"I've been a Visio user for years, but given the time and support constraints on my team, I needed software that was easier to learn," said Darren Tidwell, Network Administrator. "I wanted a tool that would help me solve my problems without wasting time or money. SmartDraw does this."

Readers can check out a complete list of new features and download a free trial of SmartDraw from the company's website (http://www.smartdraw.com), and may also purchase online. Individual licenses start at $ 297. The company also provides variety of options for multiple-seat licenses, including an annual subscription agreement for company-wide usage starting at $ 2995.

About SmartDraw.com

SmartDraw.com 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, SmartDraw.com 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 or to download a free trial of SmartDraw, please visit http://www.smartdraw.com.

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