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Edraw Software Review

I'm very happy I've finally found a good flowchart tool! It's easy to use and easy to learn. - Eric Wilson, Software Developer, Switzerland

I compared several products, and Edraw Pro is by far the most powerful and versatile. I'm quite pleased! - Steven Larson

I've made a real impression on my boss (a publisher) because of the results that we have obtained using Edraw. - Robert Bascom , HR Manager, Saratoga, CA

This easy-to-use program creates flowcharts and network diagrams. The interface is straightforward and handy, with clearly labeled buttons, a outlook template window for adding shapes, samples gallery for managing examples. Edraw also provides a rather standard assortment of editing tools for resizing, rotating, grouping, order, align and distribute. We appreciated the large library of available flowchart shapes, as well as the ability to set their style, color and shadow. This application will output your show in a few flavors of common graphic format. But I wish it supported PDF format so you didn't have to download another application to create PDF file. Of course it has great value for its money. Without a doubt a rapid flowcharting software. - Richard Haufschild, USA

I cannot recommend this enough. This is wonderfully functional. Makes flowcharts like nobody's business. Such a useful software in such a small package, goes to show how bloated today's software truly is. And it can export the flowchart to many different kinds of formats. I made the flowchart and exported it as a jpg file, and put it up on my website. - Amir Assad

Some samples are provided by the publisher. You can use these samples as templates, to learn how to use the program. Each object from the flowchart has a color scheme and an associated style (color properties, shadow position, transparency, and so on). There are some nice looking predefined styles, and you can also define your own drawing style.

You can insert many types of objects: lines, text, pictures, symbols, or connectors. OLE objects are supported, meaning that you can insert virtually any kind of document inside your flowchart. Excel, Word, PDF documents can be used in your flowchart using this option.

The user interface looks good, and most importantly is very easy to use. All predefined objects are organized into categories, making it easy to find what you are looking for.

When will large software houses learn and start offering slimmed down versions of their expensive apps..... (wishful thinking, they'll probably never need to!)

So not really a rip off, rather a few saved pounds, but either way I'm happy as I have the tool I needed and haven't broken the bank!

Edraw Max is rather a lightweight yet incredibly powerful diagramming tool.

Over the usual elements that you can see in any of similar solutions, Edraw Max provides a full power of modern interfaces, huge, smartly organized library of primitives, along with many examples and tutorials.

When you just start working with a new Edraw Max diagram, you are asked to select its kind and the software provides you with the corresponding primitives. Of course, you can always load more primitives or even search them by name. The kinds of diagrams available in Edraw Max cover all the areas you can imagine about schemes and diagrams: Flowcharts, DB architecture, Organization Charts, Mind Maps, Networks and much more, and there are several sections in the shapes library for each kind of diagrams, as well as several examples that come with the software. You can save your own shapes in the shape gallery for further usage.

As for drawing itself, Edraw Max provides a really convenient vector editor, with handy shapes grouping, locking and organizing, selection and zooming; you can control all the parameters (colors, fonts, and lines) of every shape, either yours or from the library. All the beauty pictures you have designed can be easily exported and printed in a strict correspondence with the screen picture. - The creative team of 3D2F

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