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    Choosing Diagram Drawing Software

    Diagram drawing software is a type of vector based drawing software orientated towards drawing diagrams such as flow charts, organization structure, mind maps, concept maps, and so on.

    The main choices for software of this type are:
    1. Microsoft Visio

      Microsoft Visio (formerly "Microsoft Office Visio") is diagramming software developed by Microsoft, and available in three editions (Standard, Professional, and Premium) for the the Microsoft Windows operating system. Although branded as a Microsoft Office application, Visio is sold separately from the other programs in the suite.

      Some of the main advantages of choosing Visio are its ubiquity, and the fact its features and popularity has attracted third party developers to create a range of add-ons and compatible products (e.g. NetDepict - a tool for creating diagrams of network infrastructure).


    2. SmartDraw

      Like Visio, SmartDraw is a diagram application for the Microsoft Windows operating system, and is available in three editions (in the case of SmartDraw, the editions are known as Standard, Business, and Enterprise). Also, like Visio, SmartDraw can be used in conjunction with other Windows applications, including Microsoft applications such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft Project.

      The advantages of SmartDraw over Microsoft Visio 2010, is that it offers more pre-designed templates, interactive maps (when used with Google Maps), a built-in photo capability, and for many types of diagrams, a more automated drawing process than Visio.

      Disadvantages of SmartDraw, are less third party support, and the lack of a built-in programming language for automating common tasks.

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