Overview

SmartDraw's the antidote for boring business graphics — learn how to use it now!

Diagrams, organizational charts, flowcharts, even floor plans are all types of business graphics, and only one tool does 'em all — SmartDraw. Learn how to use it to create graphics that can help you sell, manage, inform, motivate, and more. You don't need artistic talent, just this handy guide and SmartDraw. (There's a trial ...

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SmartDraw For Dummies

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Overview

SmartDraw's the antidote for boring business graphics — learn how to use it now!

Diagrams, organizational charts, flowcharts, even floor plans are all types of business graphics, and only one tool does 'em all — SmartDraw. Learn how to use it to create graphics that can help you sell, manage, inform, motivate, and more. You don't need artistic talent, just this handy guide and SmartDraw. (There's a trial version on the CD!)

  • Start smart — learn to set up the program, navigate its interface, and work with SmartDraw templates
  • Add some spice — dress up your graphics with color, effects, and themes

  • Get down to business — use SmartDraw templates to create org charts, flowcharts, mind maps, Live Maps, and more

  • Enhance Office files — learn to integrate your graphics into Microsoft Office applications and animate them for cool PowerPoint presentations

  • Take it online — convert SmartDraw diagrams for Web pages

Open the book and find:

  • How to make the most of color and images
  • How to create a Live Map using Google

  • Different kinds of business graphics

  • How to turn SmartDraw shapes into a unique drawing

  • Why layers are necessary to create a good floor plan

  • What a mind map is and how to use one

  • How to use SmartDraw graphics in Word and PowerPoint®

  • Guidelines to help you create effective graphics

Bonus CD Includes

Fully functional, 30-day trial version of SmartDraw

Reference materials, including the Encyclopedia of Business Graphics PDF

Working Smarter PDFs to help you get more value out of SmartDraw

See the CD appendix for details and complete system requirements.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470524886
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/29/2009
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 1,246,399
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Daniel Hoffmann is a software industry veteran and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in the design, development, and marketing of innovative and industry leading products. He currently serves as the Vice President of Marketing at SmartDraw.com. Prior to SmartDraw, Dan held various positions at Microsoft (including original member of the PowerPoint for Windows and Word for Windows 95 teams), HP, and was CEO of Namezero.com. He is also the holder of several patents in software and Internet technology.

Doug Lowe has been writing computer books since 1981, including nearly 40 For Dummies books, among them PowerPoint 2007 For Dummies and Word 2007 All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies. He lives in sunny Fresno, California, where the motto is “Fres-YES!,” (unfortunately, that’s true) with his wife, the youngest of his three daughters, and a couple of dogs (a goofylooking six-month-old Shar-Pei/Black Lab mix named Lucy and a yellow lab named Odie). He’s one of those obsessive-compulsive decorating nuts who creates computer-controlled Halloween decorations that rival Disney’s Haunted Mansion.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Getting Started with SmartDraw.

Chapter 1: Welcome to SmartDraw.

Chapter 2: Creating a Business Graphic with SmartDraw.

Chapter 3: Drawing Shapes and Lines.

Chapter 4: Working with Text.

Chapter 5: Printing Your Drawings.

Part II: Embellishing Your Graphics.

Chapter 6: Using Themes, Styles, and Effects.

Chapter 7: Working with Tables.

Chapter 8: Inserting Images in Your Drawings.

Chapter 9: Working with Layers.

Part III: Creating Business Graphics.

Chapter 10: Creating Charts.

Chapter 11: Fashioning Flowcharts.

Chapter 12: Crafting Organization Charts.

Chapter 13: Building Floor Plans.

Chapter 14: Making Mind Maps.

Chapter 15: Working with Live Maps.

Part IV: Using SmartDraw with Microsoft Office and the Web.

Chapter 16: Exporting SmartDraw Graphics.

Chapter 17: Animating Business Graphics in PowerPoint 2007.

Chapter 18: Taking Your Graphics to the Web.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 19: Ten SmartDraw Commandments.

Chapter 20: Ten Odd and Unusual SmartDraw Templates.

Chapter 21: Ten Tips for Creating Great Graphics.

Chapter 22: Ten Things You Didn’t Think to Use SmartDraw For.

Appendix: About the CD.

Index.

End-User License Agreement.

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