EdrawMax 12.6

Create diagrams, flowcharts, floor plans and mind maps
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EdrawMax is intended for designing multiple types of diagrams. In this respect, the tool supports a long list of diagram types, such as flowcharts, floor plans, mind maps, organization charts, analysis canvas, database models, cards and forms. Thus, this program comes in handy for a wide range of professionals, such as engineers, software developers, marketers, managers, educators, students and consultants.

EdrawMax has a modern interface, with ribbons just like Microsoft Office tools, which many users seem to like. However, it is fair to say that for others, this layout feels rather confusing. Luckily, you do not need to start from scratch, as the best asset of this product is its extensive library of built-in templates. Likewise, the available collection of pre-built symbols is simply astonishing. If you have any questions, it is excellent that you can get assistance from various sources, such as the dynamic help, the tutorial and the list of FAQ.

EdrawMax can exchange files with other similar programs. In this sense, it can import Visio files (SVG). Similarly, your work can be not only saved in the native format (EDDX) but also exported to document formats (HTML, PDF, DOCX, XLSX and PPTX) or picture formats (BMP, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, SVG, PS and EPS). It is also good that you can store and share your projects on the cloud.

Building a diagram with EdrawMax is generally easy. However, you may have some difficulty to connect symbols, as the lines may disconnect by themselves. Moreover, it is shame that some symbols are out of scale, and what is worse, rescaling them is not an easy task either.

All in all, EdrawMax can be the tool you are looking for to draw your diagram. It is suited for many types of professionals and comes with lots of documentation to make your learning curve flatter. Besides Windows, it can run on other platforms, like macOS and Linux. The product is sold under three different categories (Individual, Business, and Academic/Non-Profit), which are further divided into three types of licenses (Subscription, Perpetual and Lifetime). Fortunately, there is also a trial version, which has some limitations, particularly in available templates.

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Pros

  • Supports creating various types of diagrams
  • Suited for many types of professionals
  • Extensive library of built-in templates
  • Astonishing collection of pre-built symbols
  • Supports cloud storing
  • Compatible with many file formats
  • Plenty of help documentation

Cons

  • Connecting lines disconnect by themselves
  • Some out-of-scale symbols

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