SmartDraw vs. Xmind

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
SmartDraw
Score 7.7 out of 10
N/A
SmartDraw is a diagramming and flow chart building tool from SmartDraw Software in San Diego, California.
$5.95
per user/per month
Xmind
Score 7.3 out of 10
N/A
Hong Kong based Xmind offers their diagramming tool featuring a range of templates, alternate brainstorming and presentation modes, a clip art library, and export to a wide variety of file types (e.g. PDF, JPG, Word or Excel, etc.).
$5.99
per month
Pricing
SmartDrawXmind
Editions & Modules
Multiple-Users (for 5+ users)
$5.95
per user/per month
Single-User
$9.95
per month
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
SmartDrawXmind
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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User Ratings
SmartDrawXmind
Likelihood to Recommend
8.7
(13 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
8.4
(4 ratings)
5.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
SmartDrawXmind
Likelihood to Recommend
SmartDraw Software
I believe SmartDraw is a great tool for small- to mid-sized organizations for simplifying the production and management of org charts. We've also had the PMO experiment with the use of some of their flow charts as well. If an organization has an HCM with the capability of producing (good!) org charts, that is likely the best option... but many that I have used in my 30-year HR career don't. So there is definitely a need for SmartDraw in the market!
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Xmind
Well suited:
  • Organizing information.
  • Doing research.
  • Organizing goals.
  • Planning tasks.
  • Planning meetings.
  • Structure for writing documents.
Less appropriate:
  • Sharing documents among the teams/multiple users.
  • General-purpose infographics.
  • Writing longer paragraphs in the note field is very limited.
  • Integration with GitHub.
  • Integration with Confluence.
  • XMind uses a proprietary document format which is not indexed by search programs on a PC or a Mac. This means that one cannot search in the content of the XMind documents.
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Pros
SmartDraw Software
  • Provides examples to work off of--these are helpful when you don't know exactly where to start.
  • Provides a number of stylistic options without making things too complex, so you can be creative without getting overwhelmed.
  • Provides a wide variety of templates, meets a wide variety of needs.
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Xmind
  • User interface.
  • User experience.
  • .Simplification
  • Enables digital write up.
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Cons
SmartDraw Software
  • A month-to-month plan would be ideal for users that don't have a need to create many projects
  • The sidebar navigation can be a little confusing with all of the tools listed.
  • Offering customizable plans with only the feature you need would simplify navigation
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Xmind
  • Sharing documents among the teams.
  • Plugins for the tool that can enhance functionality.
  • Better printed output for large mindmaps.
  • Faster updates to new versions.
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Support Rating
SmartDraw Software
They are always very helpful, we get computers every two years and I have to call them to move the license from one computer to another and they do it with a smile in their voice!
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Xmind
The support around a bug in the tool which prevented the correct printing of diagrams. Support came back after a few days, and there was no workaround. Eventually, the bug was fixed in a future release. The company does not pay much attention to user forums. With better support and plugin mechanism for user contributions, the product would be more convincing.
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Alternatives Considered
SmartDraw Software
We have used Corel Draw and Adobe Acrobat. Both of those tools were good when they came out but the abilities of SmartDraw far outweigh both those tools. Corel Draw was also more complex to operate and do tasks, as was Adobe Acrobat in which some basic tasks took additional steps to complete.
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Xmind
It has a different form. Trello is good for task management. Xmind will give an overall connection between different tasks and how all the tasks interconnect to each other. The reminder function in Trello is good to keep track. However, a bird's eye view in Xmind will put conversations into context, and ease the navigation of any discussions.
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Return on Investment
SmartDraw Software
  • SmartDraw has provided good return for our internal purposes. Using it to understand an organization's structure and inner workings has been valuable. On the client side, creating steps and businesses processes has also been a big plus. It has helped decrease confusing reporting structures and has provided a detailed map for individuals to understand where they fit within their organization.
  • Unfortunately, SmartDraw has been somewhat inefficient with some of the more complex projects on our plate and has really deterred certain employees from even wanting to use it.
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Xmind
  • Increased productivity of employees.
  • Provided structure and clear thought processes.
  • Reusable content.
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