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Score 8.4 out of 101

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Score 8.2 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

SmartDraw

SmartDraw works for small business in contracting (residential or commercial). It is not suitable for large structural engineering/surveying/architecture
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Microsoft Visio

Visio is great for creating process flows and system diagrams. The only constraint with Visio is my own skills and creativity in building complex, rich documentation to easily convey information. If you're looking to improve processes, or depict current or future-state processes, you need Visio.
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Pros

SmartDraw

  • Adjusting size/dimensions for the drawing (up or down depending)
  • Simple to function
  • Move/Delete/Change drawing
  • Exporting to read-able PDF
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Microsoft Visio

  • I love that Visio works for any level of user. I can create simplistic, high-level diagrams very quickly, or take my time and create more complex processes and diagrams using Visio's large shapes library. And if the icon or image I need isn't available, I can paste or import it into my diagram.
  • It gives me control to go outside what we'd consider best practices to create diagrams that have specific meaning to stakeholders. For example, some may like a particular color scheme, which I really don't care about, but if they want decisions to be yellow, start to be green, and end to be red, I can easily accommodate those requests.
  • I also love (love!) that it is so easy to use with SharePoint. I can virtually collaborate with my team to refine process flows and diagrams, and go back through my version control to see which changes have been made and by whom.
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Cons

SmartDraw

  • I would like to be able to select multiple objects and right click to align them. So far I have only found one way to get to the alignment and that is on the Design Screen.
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Microsoft Visio

  • The only difficulty I face when I'm using this is its size layout. It is difficult to get everything we put into a single A4 size layout.
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Likelihood to Renew

SmartDraw

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Microsoft Visio

Microsoft Visio 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I LOVE Visio for project workflow documentation. Customers come to us to develop workflows for them and integrate systems. Visio makes it easy to understand and document customer needs as well as highlight web service touchpoints and integration areas.
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Usability

SmartDraw

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Microsoft Visio

Microsoft Visio 7.5
Based on 2 answers
Some things that I think should be easy to do are not, at least not for a beginner user. I'm sure it's easy once you get the hang of it but the two main issues I have with Visio are the connecting of different states and searching for graphics/icons after you have chosen a starting template.
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Support

SmartDraw

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Microsoft Visio

Microsoft Visio 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Super easy to navigate and helpful support forum which answers most of my questions!
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Alternatives Considered

SmartDraw

Indigo Studio and Visio were other products used in my department.We chose SmartDraw over Visio on both features and cost.
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Microsoft Visio

Justinmind was a good graphics creator but not a process flow designer. Bizagi functions were so static and its interface was not very user-friendly. But in Visio, the interface was very user-friendly and has every sort of a template that a business analyst or a project manager or a scrum master may need.
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Return on Investment

SmartDraw

  • SmartDraw is easy to learn and the impact is that our new team could come up to speed very quickly. Shortened the tool learning curve.
  • SmartDraw templates provide uniformity among the documents created by my team which saves time in sharing information and design work.
  • The in application file sharing saves time along with the in application save to another format to ship around to others who do not have the tool.
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Microsoft Visio

  • The impact on our company ROI was very positive since we could finish the documentation parts of a project very clearly, easily and quickly with Visio. The development process sped up as the requirement and the business process of the client was very clear according to the Visio drawings by our business analysts.
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Pricing Details

SmartDraw

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Microsoft Visio

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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