I heart SmartDraw but I wish it was free
I wanted a program that could make flowcharts, preferably a freebie. I don’t have Visio and I don’t really make that many flowcharts, but enough that it might be time-consuming, so I asked my friend Mr. Google “process drawing free” or something like that. He suggested a few items, but what really caught my eye was SmartDraw. Not only does it do flowcharts, but it also does org charts, an a bunch of other stuff. My two faves: mindmapping of tasks that automatically converts into a gantt chart (may be worth the sticker price alone) and some good business and/or marketing type of diagrams/models (7 P’s, Venn, SWOT…).
I now heart it. I downloaded the 7 day trial (only 7 days, that’s not nearly enough time!) and am making diagrams of all kinds to see how easy it is. You can then import them into office suite – word, excel, even powerpoint. They also have a good little sample of screencasts to show you cool things to do. I will be able to make such nice diagrams.
But if it is true love, I’m gonna have to cough up the $200 to own it.
Damn you SmartDraw.
Does anyone have an alternative to SmartDraw that they use?