Thank you Ashik for your prompt and clear advice. I need to think about this overnight as there are three possibilities:
1. I drag out of storage a small pc which I can re-use to load and work with this piece of software in an older version of Windows (I have to check what version that is!);
2. I do what you have suggested here by creating a parallel operating system in my MacBook Air, but that involves buying Windows 7;
3. I forget about the SmartDraw application and just get the refund to which I am entitled.
Will contact you again tomorrow if that's ok.
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Thank you again Ashik. This is very useful. Each of these three systems has strengths and weaknesses. SmartDraw seems extremely user-friendly, but its closest rival of the three you mentioned (which seems to me to be "conceptdraw") may be the best option for me. Will reflect overnight and let you know what I'm doing, just to keep you informed.
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