Smartdraw vs Lucidchart

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Why Lucidchart is smarter than Smartdraw

  1. Intuitive, not “intelligent,” formatting

    While Smartdraw’s “intelligent formatting” feature is meant to make diagramming easier, it can restrict your ability to customize your diagrams with its rigid shape and line behavior. Lucidchart’s drag-and-drop features allow for more intuitive, less restrictive diagramming.

  2. Collaboration on your terms, not theirs

    Lucidchart offers more fluid real-time collaboration in the same document and automatic sharing through email and published URLs. Smartdraw struggles to accommodate multiple users in the same document and lacks automatic sharing capabilities.

  3. More features, half the price

    Lucidchart accounts start at half the monthly cost of Smartdraw. We offer free accounts to those looking to create simple diagrams, while Smartdraw offers only a free 7-day trial.

  4. Mobile support beyond the desktop

    With a Lucidchart app for both iOS and Android operating systems, we’ve made it easy to access your documents, give approval, or make quick changes on the go. Smartdraw’s functionality is limited to the desktop.

  5. Integrations for every user, every situation

    With more than a dozen integrations, and more being added every day, we help you connect to today’s most frequently used applications. Smartdraw offers half the integrations—with limited functionality.

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Choose from hundreds of templates

Our easy-to-navigate template gallery houses a wide variety of templates for all diagram types. Our dedicated template specialists add new templates weekly, giving you access to the latest and greatest in diagramming. Each template is completely customizable, allowing you to reposition and reformat every shape, line, and text box. 

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Link to your live data

Our data-linking feature allows you to link live data sets directly to your diagrams. Easily add data from Excel, Google Sheets, Zapier, Salesforce, LinkedIn Sales Navigator, and more—our data linking feature updates your diagram automatically with changes made to your data set.

lucidchart smartdraw import feature

Import from Smartdraw, Visio, Gliffy, OmniGraffle, and draw.io

Lucidchart makes it simple to import your work from other programs, including Smartdraw, Visio, Gliffy, OmniGraffle, and draw.io. Simply migrate your work to your Lucidchart canvas, and then edit and share your diagrams using Lucidchart’s powerful design and collaborative tools.

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Present, publish, and share your documents

Share or publish your diagrams in PDF, JPEG, or PNG form using email or published links—or use our in-editor presentation mode, Google Slides integration, or PowerPoint integration to showcase your work.

Frequently asked questions about Lucidchart

How does Lucidchart’s drag-and-drop interface compare?

Smartdraw’s intelligent formatting feature limits how and where you can move shapes and lines, whereas Lucidchart allows you to move shapes and lines freely around the canvas.

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Does Lucidchart work on devices other than a desktop?

Yes! Available for both iOS and Android devices, the Lucidchart mobile app lets you create, edit, and share documents on the go with your smartphone or tablet.

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Do you have any examples of Lucidchart diagrams I can look at?

Yes! Take a look through our template gallery for up-to-date examples of org charts, Venn diagrams, network diagrams, and more.

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How long does the free trial last?

Lucidchart trials last for 7 days with no commitment—cancel anytime. We'll send you an email reminder before your trial expires.

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Over 15 million users in 180 countries

Lucidchart is web-based, with a close to zero learning curve for new users—especially users who have used alternate design software like Smartdraw and Edraw Max before. I’m able to share diagrams with my team members wherever they are.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Bukola S.  |  July 01, 2018

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