SmartDraw, a project chart software for translators


If you have only one translation at a time, it is ok; however, life is not always that easy on us (unfortunately). When we have more than one translation project, each has its own deadline. Even if you can make a schedule simply with pen and paper, it is better to have it on computer and get notifications. Considering we do most of the translation on our computers, SmartDraw enables us to see our schedule on our screens. Here is a brief explanation of the software: 


A Gantt chart (commonly known as project chart) is used extensively by project managers and other people involved in scheduling. While it is similar to a timeline in that it deals with time and events, the format and purpose of a Gantt chart is very different. The Gantt chart is a table with one task for each row and time in the columns. The unit of time chosen depends on the length and detail of the product, but some common units are weeks, quarters, months, and years. Usually there is a column at the left listing the tasks, then columns for start date, end date, and duration, followed by the columns for time. Each task has a bar extending across the time columns, representing the duration of the task. Milestones and critical path lines may also be used to add further detail to the chart. Milestones are important checkpoints or deadlines represented by small symbols in the time columns. Critical path lines connect task bars to indicate a dependence of one task upon another’s completion or commencement.

  • Automatic Formatting
    Click simple commands and SmartDraw builds your Gantt chart for you, automatically. Add or remove tasks, change start or end dates, and SmartDraw realigns and arranges all the elements so that everything looks great.
  • Quick-Start Templates
    Dozens of professionally-designed Gantt chart examples for common projects make you instantly productive. Simply choose the template that is most similar to your project, and customize it to suit your needs.
  • Microsoft Project® Compatible
    Need to share your Gantt chart with Project users? No problem. Export your chart to a Microsoft Project file with a single click.
  • Free Support
    Got a question? Call or email us. SmartDraw experts are standing by ready to help, for free
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