EDraw Max is a vector-based diagramming software program that comes with pre-drawn libraries and over 500 vector symbols, simplifying creation of cause and effect diagrams.
The program installs and works similar to the MS-Office 2007 programs. Once a template is open, you may select a ready-made template, and just fill in the labels and the text. Alternatively, open the drawing area by clicking on “New diagram," select the required shape for the effect, each cause and sub causes, and add text to these shapes. Next, draw the connecting lines between shapes.
EDraw Max is paid software, costing $29.95 for a single user license that allows installation in two computers. The product comes with lifetime upgrades guaranteed.
Feature-wise EDraw Max offers nothing much than what MS-Word or MS-Excel provides, but users would find using this application much simpler and easier. SmarDraw beats EDraw easily in functionality, features, themes, and even ease of use, but EDraw is lighter and faster. If creating fishbone diagrams and undertaking a root cause analysis is the main goal, SmartDraw throws up too much clutter and unneeded options compared to E-Draw Max.