SmartDraw 7s Gains Arent Just Symbolic

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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