Microsoft Visio vs SmartDraw


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Microsoft Visio
Create professional diagrams to simplify complex information with updated shapes, collaboration tools and data-linked diagrams. Simplify complex information with professional diagrams you can create in just a few clicks. Visio makes diagramming simple - whether you want to quickly capture a flowchart that you brainstormed on a whiteboard, map an IT network, build an organizational chart, document a business process, or draw a floor plan. Microsoft Visio free cloud alternatives are: Gliffy, Google Drawings, Creatly, DrawAnywhere, Diagramly
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SmartDraw
SmartDraw software is the fastest and easiest way to make presentation-quality flowcharts, org charts, floor plans & any other chart or diagram in just minutes.
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2017 - Visio allows to convert process map data in Excel into Visio diagrams - a new advantage over SmartDraw


Microsoft announced a new feature in Visio called Data Visualizer that will automatically convert process map data in Excel into data-driven Visio diagrams. Business Analysts can now visualize process steps and associated metadata in a structured Excel table as Visio diagram. They can do this by using a premade Excel template or an existing spreadsheet of their own design. There is a basic template and then there is another template for cross-functional flowcharts providing a sample mapping table to populate with diagram metadata. The table includes predefined columns for process step number, description, dependencies, owner, function, phase and more. Users can also customize the table with their own columns to meet specific business requirements. The conclusion is that Microsoft Visio gets more integrated with Excel than SmartDraw