SmartDraw 2009 Transforms Education Graphics With Built-In PowerPoint® Animation, 3D Effects, Custom Image Charts Among its Powerful New Features

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Newest Version of Popular Software Marries Ease-of-Use with "Wow" Factor. SmartDraw.com, maker of the world's most popular graphics software for teaching and administration, today announced the release of SmartDraw 2009, containing dramatically enhanced functionality and exclusive new features that help educators improve internal communications, better organize ideas and enhance course materials.

SmartDraw.com, maker of the world's most popular graphics software for teaching and administration, today announced the release of SmartDraw 2009, containing dramatically enhanced functionality and exclusive new features that help educators improve internal communications, better organize ideas and enhance course materials.

"More than 1,500 colleges, universities and K-12 schools worldwide use SmartDraw. These educators understand that a picture is worth a thousand words when trying to express key ideas and enhance understanding of new concepts," said Paul Stannard, SmartDraw.com CEO. "Because SmartDraw draws for them, illustrating a process with a flowchart, brainstorming with a mind map, planning with a timeline, and employing a host of visual aids in the classroom become easy ways to convey clear, compelling, and often critically important points."

The innovations in SmartDraw 2009 empower anyone to create high-impact graphics with a learning curve of just minutes. New features include:

  • Seamless PowerPoint® Integration with Built-In Animation. Using animation to reveal information step-by-step with each click is a key feature for helping audiences fully comprehend what the presenter is trying to convey. SmartDraw 2009 easily turns an unfocused, "busy" presentation into one that captures attention. With just one mouse click, SmartDraw transfers a graphic into a PowerPoint® slide with built-in animation. SmartDraw applies these animation cues automatically and preserves them when the graphic is moved into PowerPoint®. The result is a more compelling and memorable presentation. SmartDraw is the only business graphics program with this level of integration with PowerPoint®.
  • Stunning New Presentation Effects. Stunning new effects such as 3D graphs and perspective view take school presentations to the next level. Includes new themes for storyboarding presentations, as well as more synergy with PowerPoint®. Improved special effects add extra creative flair.
  • Better, Faster Timelines. Enter key dates and information and watch a timeline build from scratch. More control and easier to use than ever before.
  • Automatic Mind Maps and Org Charts. Mind maps and org charts are now fully-automated. Charts can now expand or retract depending on desired output to show various levels of hierarchy.
  • Quicker Flowcharting. Flowcharts are drawn automatically, using simple commands. Users can even build one without taking their fingers off the keyboard. Lines are drawn automatically. Formatting is automatic: shapes are evenly spaced and perfectly aligned.
  • Improved ImageCharts and ExpressCharts. With ImageCharts, use pictures and images to display information instead of boring lines, bars, and circles. Simply drag any image--even a photo--onto a chart, and watch the data come alive. Or, create real charts and graphs of every kind without making a spreadsheet first with improved ExpressCharts.
  • Realistic Live Maps with Google. The new Live Map feature captures data from Google maps to incorporate roads, regions, counties, zip codes, countries and even satellite images from across the globe into illustrations. With SmartDraw 2009 users can now plot data centered on a location, showing sales by region for example, making for an incredibly professional effect when presenting area-related data.
  • Sticky Notes. Add special explanatory notes to any shape with new "sticky notes" in SmartDraw. The note appears only when the cursor scrolls over the object so notes never clutter the diagram.

SmartDraw works seamlessly with Microsoft Office, allowing one-click export to MS PowerPoint®, Word® and Excel®, making it easy to share SmartDraw graphics with others in handouts, tests, worksheets, plans, reports, and presentations.

SmartDraw offers a variety of licensing options and programs, including educational pricing. A free trial is available at http://www.smartdraw.com and includes both online and telephone technical support.

About SmartDraw.com
SmartDraw.com is the creator of SmartDraw, the world's most popular business graphics software and the first program that empowers ordinary computer users to create presentation-quality business graphics in minutes. Each year more than three million people install and use SmartDraw and the company counts more than half of the members of the Fortune 500 as loyal customers.

Founded in 1994, SmartDraw.com is privately-held and based in San Diego, CA. In addition to SmartDraw 2009 for general business and home use, the company also offers SmartDraw Healthcare and SmartDraw Legal editions which include graphics and applications unique to their respective fields. For more information on the company or to download a free trial of SmartDraw, please visit http://www.smartdraw.com.

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