SmartDraw 7s Gains Arent Just Symbolic

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2004-11-22 Print this article Print

It's much easier to build and maintain network diagrams in's SmartDraw 7 Suite than with Microsoft's Visio.

Ive started using SmartDraw.coms SmartDraw 7 Suite to diagram my test networks at eWEEK Labs and have found the drawing tool does a good job of helping me track my test plans.

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Although SmartDraw 7 doesnt integrate with some network tracking tools as easily as Microsofts Visio does, there are a lot of handy things that IT managers might want to look at in SmartDraw 7.

The $297 tool got a major refresh last month, including a cleaned-up user interface and a significant number of new drawing objects. (The basic version costs $198.) SmartDraw now comes with more than 60,000 symbols and images. By comparison, Visio Professional lists for $499.

But numbers aside, what I like best about SmartDraw is that shapes are much easier to work with, and network diagrams are easier to build and maintain than with Visio.

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Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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