Lucidchart vs. SmartDraw

Compare the SmartDraw diagramming tool with Lucidchart, the intelligent diagramming application. See how Lucidchart beats SmartDraw on real-time collaboration and more.

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Why teams choose Lucidchart

Collaboration in real time or anytime

Collaboration in real time or anytime

Lucidchart boosts collaboration by allowing teams to update and comment on diagrams simultaneously. SmartDraw allows users to work together on diagrams, but it lacks Lucidchart’s advanced collaboration features, such as the ability to see a document’s version history, invite collaborators with a Join ID, and share via Presentation Mode.

Customizable for a broad range of use cases

Customizable for a broad range of use cases

With Lucidchart, you can create custom shape libraries with custom shape data to standardize documentation for your team or organization. You can also choose from more than 1,000 templates to help you visualize anything faster. While SmartDraw offers a range of shapes and templates, the ability to customize these elements is limited.

More integrations to support more use cases

More integrations to support more use cases

Like SmartDraw, Lucidchart integrates with leading apps, such as AWS, Confluence, Google Workspace, and Microsoft 365. But Lucidchart integrates with nearly five times as many apps as SmartDraw—including BambooHR, Figma, LeanIX, Salesforce, and Slack—to support more use cases throughout your organization.

Data and automation for deeper diagramming

Data and automation for deeper diagramming

Lucidchart data and automation features give you the power to make data actionable by clarifying complexity. Apply formulas for calculations, or use data linking to generate diagrams automatically. SmartDraw allows you to import data but it lacks powerful Lucidchart features, such as conditional formatting, data-linked dashboards, dynamic shapes, formulas, and more.

“The biggest benefit of Lucidchart is being able to share and work on diagrams in real time as a group.”

Matthew Wolber - Director of IT Infrastructure at Bandwidth

"That’s what makes Lucidchart great. It’s real time, and it’s in the cloud. Three teams can be updating it at once.”

Jen Zagofsky - Senior Director of Program Management at DocuSign

“Lucidchart promotes the efficiency and effectiveness of our teams, but better yet, it just makes creating diagrams and flows more accessible, more intuitive, and more consistent throughout the company.”

Anonymous at MessageBird

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