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I have tried to download a software program called "SmartDraw"

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I have tried to download a software program called "SmartDraw" which provides graphic interfaces for creating and illustrating organisation charts, mind maps etc but when trying to download I am faced with the message "Does not work in DOS mode." I gather that it may be possible to use a parallel system which accommodates the Windows operating system. Is this feasible on a Macbook Air? And if so, what next?
Hope you can help.
Hi Roy and Welcome to My Name is XXXXX XXXXX I look forward to assisting you today with your question.

Unfortunately, SmartDraw is not available for Mac OS X. It is exclusively designed for Microsoft Windows OS

So you will need to install Windows on your Mac to run the SmartDraw software. To answer your question, Yes it is feasible to install Windows on your Macbook Air.

To setup Windows on your Mac, there are two ways. You can install Microsoft Windows with the help of Virtual Machine applications like Parallels or VMWare Fusion OR with Apple Bootcamp utility.

Installing windows on Mac directly by partitioning the Hard Disk and the Microsoft Windows can only access by restarting Mac OS. See the picture below about how you can access Windows and Mac

By Parallels or VMWare

If you installed Windows on your Mac using the Parallels or VMware etc then you can load Windows just by opening the application and run Windows from it. With Parallels/VMWare you can run Windows and Mac OS at the same time. So you have your Microsoft Windows and SmartDraw on one side and Mac OS X on other side. See a sample picture below;
BootCamp is from Apple and its free. But Parallels and VMWare Fusion are third party applications and they are not free.

Bootcamp -->
VMWare Fusion -->
Parallels -->

You have to buy Windows OS to install either via Parallels/VMWare or with Bootcamp. You can buy Windows OS from Microsoft,, etc. I'd recommend to buy Windows 7 since SmartDraw is not designed to work on Windows 8 according to some articles.

If you want to setup via Virtual Machine application, then buy either Parallels or VMWare. In my opinion, Parallels is better than VMWare Fusion.

If you have any questions or would like any additional information about installing Windows, please don't hesitate to ask me.

Best Regards,
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

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.

Many thanks


You're most welcome Roy. If you have an old PC, that would be great because you don't have to buy Parallels and Windows OS that will save you upto $250

Roy, Here are some alternatives or equivalents of SmartDraw for Mac


Add a bookmark of this page, so you can get back to me later or any time you want. Let me know what you think Roy.


Best Regards,


Ashik and other Mac Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

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.

Many thanks


Thank you Roy :) If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask as I'm always glad to help you.

Have a great day,
Hi there,
It's me Ashik again. It has been a few days, so I am just checking in with you to see if you still need help, and if not to say Thanks for using JustAnswer.

I want you to be happy with the service I am providing, so if we still need to work on this let me know. If you have new questions now or in the future please do not hesitate to ask them.

Thanks and Have a great day,
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Happy with the service thanks. Will probably purchase Conceptdraw and am just in process of evaluating it. Don't think I need any more help but at least I know now where to look for it when I do.

Thank you.


I'm very glad to hear that Roy. We are always here when you need help.

Take Care,