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RISMEDIA, Jan. 11, 2008-SmartDraw.com announced that increasing numbers of business professionals are turning to SmartDraw for project management. SmartDraw, one of the first programs to automate the process of creating business graphics, helps users quickly create project charts, Gantt charts, bar graphs and pie charts, schedules, forms, and more.

“The biggest benefit of using SmartDraw is the ability to create very complex schedules in just minutes,” said Kim Human, IT and Services manager for Seismic Exchange, a full-service seismic data marketing firm. “We were using Excel for this purpose and it was painful. We tried Microsoft Project, and another scheduling package but they were too structured to meet our needs. SmartDraw is easy to learn and flexible…and the final products look professional.”

According to the company, SmartDraw eliminates the need to do any drawing whatsoever to create a project chart. Users can type in each task, date, or duration, and SmartDraw creates the graphic. In addition, the company says that users can change the scale of a project chart in a single click-changing the format from weeks to months, quarters, or years.

In addition, SmartDraw allows users to begin projects as a visual outline-or mind map -to easily plan out everything that needs to get done. Once the project is mapped out, users can view as a project chart with one click of a mouse, toggling between the mind map and project chart view anytime. Changes made in one view will be reflected in another.

“For existing clients, SmartDraw makes explaining project plans much easier and I’m betting our clients will love to visually see what’s happening with their project rather than simply reading a bulleted outline,” said Michael Turner, CEO of Marketing Max.

Unlike other graphics programs that provide you with a blank screen and expect you to draw, like Visio, with SmartDraw users start with a template that is specifically designed to create the type of illustration needed.

The company says that once users enter the information, SmartDraw does the rest: building the graphic automatically using built-in rules and professional design themes to guarantee polished, presentation-quality results in just a few minutes. And, SmartDraw offers free customer support to all users.

For more information, visit www.smartdraw.com.

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