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SmartDraw vs ARCHICAD Comparison

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Overview

SmartDraw is an all-in-one diagramming software, which offers tools for designing flowcharts, floor plans, org charts, CAD...

ARCHICAD from GRAPHISOFT is an architectural CAD and building information modeling software for architects, interior designers...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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Pricing

Starting from
$

5.95

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  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based
Starting from

Free

  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

4.0

5

4

3

2

1

35

33

9

1

7

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
84%
would recommend this app

5

4

3

2

1

90

57

18

1

0

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
98%
would recommend this app

Pros

An inexpensive but fantastic software for both network diagrams and any other business and other needs.
There are lots of templates to start with, which makes it a lot easier to get started with this software. I like the integration with popular tools such as Trello and Jira.
Your projects are also all saved online, you can access your software and files from any computer with an internet connection.

Pros

I have been with ArchiCAD since V4 and watched it grow into a great piece of software for our industry. It is used nearly every day and is a great asset in our office.
ArchiCAD has many great qualities, like their great customer service and mobile access capabilities. It is important for our workflow and it has done wonderfully.
This software is pretty easy to use right away and very powerful. The 3D design ability is great as well.

Cons

A program that is incredibly complicated to understand. They attempt to simplify the architecture process but it is miserably complicated and lacks an intuitive interface.
Further, it constantly just stops and closes itself - and dumps all of your work during that session, even if you have been saving.
Weak collaboration features. It is very expensive you asked me.

Cons

That said, with limited or no support between versions of the same package from the industry standard, coordination can still be a pain.
The inability to create "blocks" is utterly ridiculous and maddening. There are 20 ways to access every objects setting and it will confuse you to no end for the first year.
Poor and complicated tools, takes longer than the competition.
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review15 days ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review7 days ago

Key features

  • Total features78
  • 2D Drawing
  • 3D Imaging
  • API
  • Appointment Scheduling
  • Architectural Symbol Library
  • Automatic Adjustments
  • Automatic Backup
  • Automatic Formatting
  • BIM Modeling
  • Bills of Material
  • Brainstorming
  • CAD Tools
  • Charting
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Comparison View
  • Contact Management
  • Crime Scene Management
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Linking
  • Data Visualization
  • Design Management
  • Design Templates
  • Desktop Interface
  • Diagramming
  • Dispatch Management
  • Document Management
  • Drafting
  • Drag & Drop
  • Drag & Drop Editor
  • Employee Photos
  • Evidence Management
  • File Sharing
  • Floor Plans & Maps
  • Flowchart
  • For Offices
  • For Retail
  • Gantt/Timeline View
  • Goal Setting / Tracking
  • Graphical Data Presentation
  • Groundskeeping Management
  • HTML5 Technology
  • Idea Management
  • Incident Mapping
  • Interactive Elements
  • Job Scheduling
  • Labeling
  • Landscape Design
  • Milestone Tracking
  • Mind Maps
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Interface
  • Mockup Creation
  • Modeling & Simulation
  • Network Diagram
  • Occupancy Management
  • Offline Access
  • One Line Diagram
  • Org Chart Creation
  • Organizational Charting
  • Parts Management
  • Planogramming
  • Presentation Tools
  • Process Modeling & Designing
  • Project Management
  • Project Workflow
  • Prototype Creation
  • Publishing / Sharing
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Reusable Designs
  • Revision History
  • Roadmapping
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Scenario Planning
  • Scheduling
  • Scorecards
  • Screen Capture
  • Shelf Planning
  • Smart Chart Legend
  • Space Reservation
  • Strategic Planning
  • Symbol Library
  • Task Management
  • Template Management
  • Templates
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Version Control
  • Wireframe Creation
  • Workflow Management
  • Total features20
  • 2D Drawing
  • 3D Imaging
  • API
  • Appointment Scheduling
  • Architectural Symbol Library
  • Automatic Adjustments
  • Automatic Backup
  • Automatic Formatting
  • BIM Modeling
  • Bills of Material
  • Brainstorming
  • CAD Tools
  • Charting
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Comparison View
  • Contact Management
  • Crime Scene Management
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Linking
  • Data Visualization
  • Design Management
  • Design Templates
  • Desktop Interface
  • Diagramming
  • Dispatch Management
  • Document Management
  • Drafting
  • Drag & Drop
  • Drag & Drop Editor
  • Employee Photos
  • Evidence Management
  • File Sharing
  • Floor Plans & Maps
  • Flowchart
  • For Offices
  • For Retail
  • Gantt/Timeline View
  • Goal Setting / Tracking
  • Graphical Data Presentation
  • Groundskeeping Management
  • HTML5 Technology
  • Idea Management
  • Incident Mapping
  • Interactive Elements
  • Job Scheduling
  • Labeling
  • Landscape Design
  • Milestone Tracking
  • Mind Maps
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Interface
  • Mockup Creation
  • Modeling & Simulation
  • Network Diagram
  • Occupancy Management
  • Offline Access
  • One Line Diagram
  • Org Chart Creation
  • Organizational Charting
  • Parts Management
  • Planogramming
  • Presentation Tools
  • Process Modeling & Designing
  • Project Management
  • Project Workflow
  • Prototype Creation
  • Publishing / Sharing
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Reusable Designs
  • Revision History
  • Roadmapping
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Scenario Planning
  • Scheduling
  • Scorecards
  • Screen Capture
  • Shelf Planning
  • Smart Chart Legend
  • Space Reservation
  • Strategic Planning
  • Symbol Library
  • Task Management
  • Template Management
  • Templates
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Version Control
  • Wireframe Creation
  • Workflow Management

Integrations

  • Total integrations12
  • Box
  • Dropbox Business
  • GitHub
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • Jira
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft OneDrive
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • SharePoint
  • Slack
  • Trello
  • Twitter
  • Zapier
  • Zendesk
  • Total integrations2
  • Box
  • Dropbox Business
  • GitHub
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • Jira
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft OneDrive
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • SharePoint
  • Slack
  • Trello
  • Twitter
  • Zapier
  • Zendesk