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SmartDraw Legal Edition 2009 Transforms Legal Graphics With Automatic CaseMap(R) Integration, Improved Crime Scene Capabilities Among Powerful New Features

SmartDraw Legal Edition 2009 Transforms Legal Graphics With Automatic CaseMap(R) Integration, Improved Crime Scene Capabilities Among Powerful New Features

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) September 10, 2008, maker of the world's most popular business graphics software, today announced the release of SmartDraw Legal Edition 2009, containing dramatically enhanced functionality and exclusive new features that help attorneys and law enforcement professionals create high-impact legal graphics such as timelines, crime scene diagrams, trial graphics, accident reconstruction, evidence and flowcharts, and more in a matter of minutes.

"Legal and law enforcement professionals understand that a picture is worth a thousand words when trying to present a case or illustrate a chain of events," said Paul Stannard, CEO. "Because SmartDraw draws for them, explaining a process with a flowchart, depicting criminal activity with a crime scene, or bringing a timeline to life become easy ways to convey clear, compelling, and critically important points."

The SmartDraw Legal Edition is currently in use at more than 1300 law firms, including 70 percent of the AMLAW 100-listed firms, as well as dozens of law schools across the U.S. In addition, more than 500 police and sheriff departments across the U.S. use SmartDraw. Recently, the U.S. Department of Justice purchased a license allowing for 25,000 seats of the SmartDraw Legal Edition.

The innovations in SmartDraw Legal Edition 2009 empower anyone to create high-impact graphics with a learning curve of just minutes. New features include:

Automatic CaseMap® Integration.

Now with the click of a button, SmartDraw automatically opens a dialog box where users can enter details and transfer their SmartDraw documentation directly into LexisNexis® CaseMap®, a real time saver.

Improved Crime Scene Capabilities.

Improved crime scenes include smarter walls and easier manipulation of shapes, snap-on windows and doors, and the ability to measure distance and area, making the reconstruction of crime scenes easier and more accurate than ever. Hundreds of new and revised symbols and templates have been added to this feature as well.

New Practice Areas and Applications.

New practice areas and applications include paralegal, legal assistance, juvenile justice, gangs, law enforcement tools, tactical planning, financial and estate planning, admissibility and use of evidence, cause of action, coalitions, contract action, corporate entities, criminal law, electronic trial preparation, federal bankruptcy, federal courts, tort action, trial preparation, and so much more.

New Tactical Planning Category.

The new tactical planning category includes military, NATO, and SWAT team diagrams as teaching and evidence-based aids and examples.

Seamless PowerPoint® Integration with Built-In Animation.

Using animation to reveal information step-by-step with each click is a key feature for helping audiences fully comprehend what the presenter is trying to convey. SmartDraw 2009 easily turns an unfocused, "busy" presentation into one that captures attention. With just one mouse click, SmartDraw transfers a graphic into a PowerPoint® slide with built-in animation. SmartDraw applies these animation cues automatically and preserves them when the graphic is moved into PowerPoint®. The result is a more compelling and memorable presentation. SmartDraw is the only business graphics program with this level of integration with PowerPoint®.

Faster, Easier Timelines.

Enter key dates and information and watch your timeline build from scratch. More control, increased automation, and more customization. Easier to use than ever before!

Stunning New Presentation Effects.

Stunning new effects such as 3D graphs and perspective view take presentations to the next level. Includes new themes for storyboarding presentations, as well as more synergy with PowerPoint®. Improved special effects add extra flair.

Quicker Flowcharting.

Flowcharts are drawn automatically, using simple commands. Users can even build one without taking their fingers off the keyboard. Lines are drawn automatically. Formatting is automatic: shapes are evenly spaced and perfectly aligned.

Faster, Easier Project Management.

New project management features include more control, increased automation and improved customization of Gantt charts and timelines. SmartDraw offers real project management without the complexity and learning curve of a product like Microsoft Project®.

Improved ImageCharts and ExpressCharts.

With ImageCharts, use pictures and images to display information instead of boring lines, bars, and circles. Simply drag any image--even a photo--onto a chart, and watch the data come alive. Or, create real charts and graphs of every kind without making a spreadsheet first with improved ExpressCharts.

Automatic Mind Maps and Org Charts.

Like flowcharts, mind maps and org charts are also drawn for the user with simple commands. Trees can now expand or hide depending on desired output to show various levels of hierarchy.

Realistic Live Maps with Google.

The new Live Map feature captures data from Google maps to incorporate roads, regions, counties, zip codes, countries and even satellite images from across the globe into illustrations. With SmartDraw Legal Edition 2009 users can now plot data centered on a location, showing sales by region for example, making for an incredibly professional effect when presenting area-related data.

Sticky Notes.

Add special explanatory notes to any shape with new "sticky notes" in SmartDraw. The note appears only when the cursor scrolls over the object so notes never clutter a diagram.

SmartDraw Legal Edition 2009 works seamlessly with Microsoft Office, allowing one-click export to MS PowerPoint®, Word® and Excel®, making it easy to share SmartDraw graphics with others in plans, reports, and presentations.

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. For more information on the 2009 Legal Edition upgrades, visit:

About is the creator of SmartDraw, the world's most popular business graphics software and the first program that empowers ordinary computer users to create presentation-quality business graphics in minutes. Each year more than three 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 2009 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


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