SmartDraw.com Named ''Cool Vendor'' by Gartner: Business Graphics Leader Recognized for Innovation, Ease-of-Use and Mobility

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SmartDraw.com, creator of SmartDraw(R), the world's most popular business graphics software, has been included in the report "Cool Vendors in PC Technologies, 2007" issued by Gartner, Inc. With SmartDraw, anyone can create professional-quality business graphics such as flowcharts, organizational charts, Gantt charts, mind maps, timelines, floor plans, sales territory maps, and more in minutes - no experience or training required.

coupled with the large, customizable collection of templates, makes SmartDraw very cool indeed.

    According to Gartner, Inc., the "Cool Vendors" list focuses on innovators who are releasing products that enable PC users to perform their jobs with ease, flexibility and mobility. IT professionals, as well as manufacturers of PC and handhelds, will be interested in these new technologies.

The report gives SmartDraw high marks for "enabling users to create business-class graphics and charts, and easily export ink objects into other applications. This aspect," the report continues, "coupled with the large, customizable collection of templates, makes SmartDraw very cool indeed." The report goes on to highlight the value of the software, stating, "Unlike other graphic tools, SmartDraw is not prohibitively priced."

"We feel the recognition by Gartner validates our team's efforts and the innovation of our business graphics software," said CEO Paul Stannard. "We welcome the recognition by Gartner of our efforts to make presentation-quality business graphics accessible to everyone, no matter what their level of skill or experience. There are millions of computer users who would create business graphics if they thought it was easy enough. With SmartDraw it is. That's cool!"

SmartDraw offers a variety of licensing options and programs, including a Freedom License that allows an organization or department to install and use SmartDraw on any computer. A free trial is available at: http://www.smartdraw.com and includes both online and telephone technical support.

About SmartDraw.com

Founded in 1994, SmartDraw.com is the creator of SmartDraw, the world's most popular business graphics software. SmartDraw allows anyone to create professional-quality business graphics in minutes - no experience or training required. The Company is the leader in the business graphics market, a market made up of ordinary computer users who want to create attractive and effective business graphics, but who lack the time and expertise to learn software designed for graphics professionals. In addition to SmartDraw 2007 intended for general business use, there are also SmartDraw Healthcare and SmartDraw Legal editions with graphics and applications unique to their respective fields. In mid-2006, SmartDraw.com surpassed the ten millionth download of SmartDraw.

Headquartered in San Diego, CA, SmartDraw.com is privately held and counts more than half the Fortune 500 among its customers. To download a free trial of SmartDraw 2007, please visit: http://www.smartdraw.com.

About Gartner's Cool Vendors Selection Process

Gartner's listing does not constitute an exhaustive list of vendors in any given technology area, but rather is designed to highlight interesting, new and innovative vendors, products and services. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness of a particular purpose.

Gartner defines a cool vendor as a company that offers technologies or solutions that are: Innovative, enable users to do things they couldn't do before; Impactful, have, or will have, business impact (not just technology for the sake of technology); Intriguing, have caught Gartner's interest or curiosity in approximately the past six months.

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