ConceptDraw PRO isn’t solely flowchart software, although its many shape and line tools make it easy to use for this purpose. Rather, it is comprehensive design software that lets you take basic or freehand shapes and resize, edit, color and fill them with text in order to make diagrams and charts of any kind. As such, it’s a great software for your business if you need a drawing program that helps you create more than basic charts. You can use it for business process modeling, SWOT analysis and Venn diagrams as well as network and UML diagrams, wireframes and technical drawings. The company offers separate programs for mind mapping and project management.
This program doesn’t operate on the cloud and lacks real-time collaboration capabilities. Your client can download the free trial to view and edit your diagrams, though after the trial expires, they can only use it as a viewer. ConceptDraw PRO allows you to password protect your diagrams, and you can limit the access to the document to select users. You can export your charts to a variety of formats, including Visio, PowerPoint, PDF, JPG and SVG. It allows you to create presentations, including hyperlinking capability to let you navigate to other areas of the presentation, a separate website or a document.
As you add content to your diagrams, the canvas automatically expands. You can add multiple layers to your diagrams and multiple pages. The software doesn’t include the ability to automatically generate organization charts from imported CSV files, which is a timesaving feature that some of the best flowchart programs include.
Diagraming tools include smart connectors that change form as you rearrange diagrams, clone tools to repeat objects and hyperlink capability so you can tie your document to external documents, folders web pages and more.
This software received excellent marks from our testers. Most impressive were the number and ease of the tools. You can replace shapes without first deleting the existing shape, enter text directly in shapes, which then automatically resize to fit your text. The program includes spellcheck, color swatches displayed on the bottom of the screen and a rich clipart gallery. However, this otherwise easy-to-use software lacks present color and design schemes.
The support for this software is not as extensive as some of the other flowchart programs we reviewed. It lacks live chat support, user forums and a blog. There isn’t an introductory tutorial to acquaint you with the program the first time you use it; although, a brief video on the website demonstrates a few of the basic features. If you need assistance, you can contact ConceptDraw support on the phone or via online ticket.
ConceptDraw PRO is a versatile and easy-to-use flowchart software whose tools and library of images are good for far more than simple diagrams. You can create your own shapes and save them, build simple flowcharts or complex technical diagrams, and export them in a variety of formats or create presentations. While it does not have real-time collaboration capabilities, it’s still an excellent choice, especially for businesses that need drawing tools for multiple purposes.
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