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ConceptDraw 7


ConceptDraw 7 is a powerful, feature-rich, yet easy to use business and technical diagramming package. It is available for both Windows and Macintosh. The simplicity of the program combined with its features makes it suitable for a variety of tasks for students, teachers, business executives, professionals, and so on.

The product is versatile enough to satisfy the needs of the beginners to power users with equal ease and perfection. For example, this tool can be used to create complex workflow diagrams, pictures for your school or college assignments, organization charts, business processes, engineering diagrams, dataflow diagrams, network diagrams, flowcharts, technical drafts, landscape designs, floor plans, etc.

The advantage of using ConceptDraw is that you can create professional diagrams, charts, and images quickly and easily. The templates, wizards, and other tools help you create what you want within minutes. Once you are comfortable with the program, you can create diagrams and charts on-the-fly during presentations, lectures and other similar occasions.

This tool makes knowledge dissemination and communication much easier and effective. Gone are the days when one has to sit for hours to create a network diagram or an organizational chart. Now these tasks can be completed in a matter of minutes—thanks to ConceptDraw.

It easy to create high-quality professional graphic documents with ConceptDraw, as you can use the templates, pre-drawn shapes, an excellent searchable image library, excellent graphic capabilities (drawing, aligning, centering, resizing, connecting, etc.) and so on.

Given below is an image that I drew under 5 minutes for an article that I was writing. Yes, I knew what I wanted to draw—an order processing system. But creating a professional looking image within 5 minutes is something that will improve one’s productivity, especially when one has to do similar tasks throughout the day.

The following is the water cycle, which I drew (on-the-fly) to explain the concept to my 7 year old nephew. I could draw and explain the concepts clearly within 30 minutes. My nephew was also happy as his requests like “I want a dolphin jumping from the ocean” or “I want one more tree in the forest” etc. were granted with a just a few mouse clicks!

ConceptDraw has many advanced features that will be very useful for the power users. Some of these features are layers (for creating complex diagrams like charts, floor-plans, etc. and for selectively displaying and printing different parts of a diagram), Auto formatting text boxes (text that grows or shrinks with the image), Styles (capability to define styles thus saving time), ability to lock and protect objects, customization of object properties, control dots to manipulate objects or object parts and so on.

This wonderful program can be used for accomplishing a variety of advanced tasks like visual object-oriented design, creation of flowcharts, designing GUI, management of development projects, XML support, database design, and visualization of database data. The following image shows a database design (ER diagram) for a book club.

Two features that improve the utility of this excellent product are the ability to import or export files and the multi-platform support. ConceptDraw allows one to import and export files in a large number of raster, vector, multimedia and text formats, making it easy to exchange data with other applications. It also supports text (.txt) and ConceptDraw XML formats and allows exporting documents to PDF. ConceptDraw works on both Windows and Macintosh platforms. All its documents and libraries are compatible and can be exchanged between the platforms.

CONCLUSION:-
ConceptDraw 7 is an excellent diagramming tool that can be used by beginners as well as experts to create professional and aesthetically stunning images, diagrams and charts quickly and with ease. It is ideal for students for improving the look of their assignments and class projects. It is an excellent tool for teachers for creating slides for their lectures and for creating drawings on-the-fly for explaining the various topics. It is very useful for business executives for presenting their ideas clearly and effectively. It is an excellent tool for designers as it can be used for creating prototypes quickly and easily. It is a good tool for software developers as it can be used in database design, project management, data visualization, and so on. In short ConceptDraw’s use and application is limited only by one’s imagination. I recommend this product to all and urge everyone to give it a try.

You can download a trial version of ConceptDraw 7 from ConceptDraw web site. The wonderful people at Computer Systems Odessa have created a site for helping the users of ConceptDraw on how to get the best out of the package. You can access the tutorials and lessons at the ConceptDraw Learning Center. You can see some excellent images drawn using ConceptDraw at the Image Gallery. These images shows the capabilities and power of this excellent product. You can also read what other users’ of this product have to say about it at Testimonials page.