SmartArt Graphics Microsoft Office 2007

A few weeks ago a few folks sent me email asking about what the new shapes features meant for things like org charts and other diagrams.  Today we have the answer in the form of the first of two guest posts from Matthew Kotler, a lead program manager on the SmartArt team. SmartArt Graphics (previously […]

A few weeks ago a few folks sent me email asking about what the new shapes features meant for things like org charts and other diagrams.  Today we have the answer in the form of the first of two guest posts from Matthew Kotler, a lead program manager on the SmartArt team.

SmartArt Graphics (previously codenamed "IGX Graphics") addresses this need.  Since a picture is worth a thousand words, let's start there:

SmartArt Graphics are designed to make it quick and easy for everyone (not just professional designers) to take an idea and turn it into one of these graphics.  This goal translates into the following features of SmartArt Graphics:

  • Layout templates
  • A Text pane for entering information 
  • Automatic sizing and positioning of shapes and text 
  • Seamless switching between layouts