SmartDraw Unveils Built-in Animation Feature to its Software at PowerPoint Live Conference

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SmartDraw's new built-in animation feature for graphics-to-PowerPoint marks the end of the boring PowerPoint presentation.

SmartDraw, the world leader in visual productivity software, today unveiled an exclusive key feature of its SmartDraw 2009 edition--its seamless PowerPoint integration and built-in animation capabilities. The announcement was made at the opening night reception of the PowerPoint Live conference, held September 21-24, 2008 in San Diego.

PowerPoint presentations are typically thought to be interesting at best, or boring, gratuitous and confusing at worst. Many presenters either take the path of least resistance (endless bullet points and too much text) or they try too hard, resulting in a PowerPoint using every piece of animation and sound effects possible. The results can be equally bad: death by PowerPoint boredom or distraction to the point of no return.

SmartDraw 2009 easily turns an unfocused, boring or "busy" presentation into one that captures attention. With just one mouse click, SmartDraw transfers a graphic into a PowerPoint® slide with built-in, sequential animation that is controlled by the presenter. 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, allowing presenters to show graphical ideas in a logical sequence to help audiences relate to an idea before the presenter moves on. As the audience is fully focused on each step, presenters can build up to the "punch line" of the PowerPoint's grand finale idea or concept while garnering everyone's attention.

SmartDraw, the first program that empowers ordinary computer users to create presentation-quality business graphics in minutes, is the only software of its kind with this level of integration with PowerPoint®.

"SmartDraw is very good at creating charts, graphs, forms and diagrams, and even better at integrating into a presentation. I am flattered that SmartDraw has chosen our conference to announce the software's newest presentation features," said Rick Altman, author of "Why Most PowerPoint Presentations Suck" and host of PowerPoint Live.

SmartDraw is the world leader in visual productivity software, creating the first program that empowers ordinary computer users to create presentation-quality business graphics in minutes. Realizing that a "picture is worth a thousand words," more than three million people annually install and use SmartDraw to help improve communications, better organize ideas, refine operations and simply work smarter. In addition to SmartDraw 2009 for general business, education and home use, the company also offers SmartDraw Healthcare and SmartDraw Legal editions which include graphics and applications unique to their respective fields. The company's loyal customers include more than half of the members of the Fortune 500, nearly 2,000 K-12 schools and universities, and thousands of law firms, police departments, health systems and private enterprises. Founded in 1994, is privately-held and based in San Diego, CA. For more information on the company or to download a free trial of SmartDraw, please visit


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