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SmartDraw vs MicroStation 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...

MicroStation is a 3D architecture software that helps businesses in the oil and gas, construction, mining, manufacturing,...

  • 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

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

250

/momonth
  • 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

61

64

16

2

0

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
91%
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

Overall it's a great software for professionals and not so much for beginners since it provides features and functionalities which is the best.
It is so useful and helpful. We can get our drawing quickly I believe that Bentley's R&D is one of the best learning software in our company.
I love the ability to create an extremely complex and intricate design by utilizing microstation software.

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

There are no prompts which explain what you are doing wrong, instead the program just crashes, leaving the user to wonder what he has to do to make the program work.
Administration can seem confusing as there are so many different options.
It has been a struggle as of late but from past experience i believe the bugs will all be worked out.
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review12 days ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last reviewa month ago

Key features

  • Total features78
  • 2D Drawing
  • 3D Imaging
  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Animation
  • Annotations
  • Appointment Scheduling
  • Architectural Symbol Library
  • Automatic Adjustments
  • Automatic Formatting
  • BIM Modeling
  • Bill of Materials Management
  • Brainstorming
  • CAD Tools
  • Charting
  • Chemical Management
  • Civil
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Comparison View
  • Component Library
  • Content Library
  • Crime Scene Management
  • Custom Development
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Linking
  • Data Visualization
  • Design Analysis
  • Design Management
  • Design Templates
  • Desktop Interface
  • Diagramming
  • Dispatch Management
  • Document Management
  • Drafting
  • Drag & Drop
  • Drag & Drop Editor
  • Electrical
  • Employee Photos
  • Evidence Management
  • File Sharing
  • Floor Plans & Maps
  • Flowchart
  • For 3D Printing
  • For Architects
  • For Manufacturers
  • For Offices
  • For Retail
  • Gantt/Timeline View
  • Goal Setting / Tracking
  • Graphical Data Presentation
  • Groundskeeping Management
  • HTML5 Technology
  • Idea Management
  • Image Editing
  • Incident Mapping
  • Interactive Content
  • Interactive Elements
  • Job Scheduling
  • Landscape Design
  • Manufacturing Design Data
  • Mechanical
  • Milestone Tracking
  • Mind Maps
  • 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 Templates
  • Prototype Creation
  • Publishing / Sharing
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Reference Management
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Reusable Designs
  • Revision History
  • Roadmapping
  • 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
  • Virtual Tour
  • Wireframe Creation
  • Workflow Management
  • Total features39
  • 2D Drawing
  • 3D Imaging
  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Animation
  • Annotations
  • Appointment Scheduling
  • Architectural Symbol Library
  • Automatic Adjustments
  • Automatic Formatting
  • BIM Modeling
  • Bill of Materials Management
  • Brainstorming
  • CAD Tools
  • Charting
  • Chemical Management
  • Civil
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Comparison View
  • Component Library
  • Content Library
  • Crime Scene Management
  • Custom Development
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Linking
  • Data Visualization
  • Design Analysis
  • Design Management
  • Design Templates
  • Desktop Interface
  • Diagramming
  • Dispatch Management
  • Document Management
  • Drafting
  • Drag & Drop
  • Drag & Drop Editor
  • Electrical
  • Employee Photos
  • Evidence Management
  • File Sharing
  • Floor Plans & Maps
  • Flowchart
  • For 3D Printing
  • For Architects
  • For Manufacturers
  • For Offices
  • For Retail
  • Gantt/Timeline View
  • Goal Setting / Tracking
  • Graphical Data Presentation
  • Groundskeeping Management
  • HTML5 Technology
  • Idea Management
  • Image Editing
  • Incident Mapping
  • Interactive Content
  • Interactive Elements
  • Job Scheduling
  • Landscape Design
  • Manufacturing Design Data
  • Mechanical
  • Milestone Tracking
  • Mind Maps
  • 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 Templates
  • Prototype Creation
  • Publishing / Sharing
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Reference Management
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Reusable Designs
  • Revision History
  • Roadmapping
  • 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
  • Virtual Tour
  • 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 integrationsN/A
  • 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