Full Integration with Google Workspace

SmartDraw integrates seamlessly with Google Workspace. You and your team can provision users, save files on Google Drive, plus create and collaborate on visuals entirely inside Google Drive:

  • Provision users with SSO and Google Workspace
  • Create new SmartDraw diagrams directly from Google Drive using the SmartDraw Add-On for Google Workspace
  • Save diagrams to Google Drive and your existing shared folders
  • As an enterprise admin, you can even make Google Drive the default or the only saving option for your entire team
  • Open, edit and revise diagrams directly from Google Drive by double-clicking convenient thumbnail previews
  • Easily add diagrams to your Google Docs and Sheets

You'll get all the power of SmartDraw's large selection of templates and powerful automation combined with the familiarity of making reports and documents in Google.

Provision Users with SSO using Google Workspace

You can provision all your users with SSO through Google Workspace. Just set up a new SAML app in your Google Workspace admin console and download the Identity Provider Metadata to make configuring SmartDraw SSO easier.

Learn how to set up Google Workspace SSO.

Provision Users with SSO Using Google Workspace

Connect SmartDraw and Your Google Account

There are two steps to connecting SmartDraw and your Google account.

  1. Connect Your Google Drive to SmartDraw
  2. Get the SmartDraw Add-On for Google Workspace
SmartDraw with Google Drive and Google Workspace

Connect Google Drive to SmartDraw

You can connect your Google Drive to SmartDraw so anything you save in SmartDraw can be added to and accessed from your Google Drive.

  1. On the home screen or template browser, click Add Service and choose Google Drive.
  2. A new browser window will open and prompt you to login to your Google account.
  3. When prompted, agree to let your SmartDraw connect to your Google Drive by clicking Allow.
  4. You can now save any diagram to Google Drive using Save As in the File tab.
Add Google Drive

Save Diagrams to Google Drive and Team Folders

You can save any diagram you create in SmartDraw to your Google Drive in the Save As dialog. Under the Save To options select Google Drive if it's not already selected and navigate to the folder you want to save your diagram to. Choose your main drive or any shared folders for your team. You can also create a new folder if needed by clicking on the Create New Folder option.

Save Diagrams to Google Drive

Set Document Storage Preferences for Your Entire License

As an enterprise admin, you can make Google Drive the default or the only saving option for your entire team

As an administrator of a multi-seat or site license, you can change the default storage provider for your entire license or even restrict the storage provider available to your users.

This means you can easily set the default location every user saves to as Google Drive. You can even prohibit your users from saving anywhere else.

Choosing storage preferences

Make Google Drive the Default Storage Option

To do so, login to your account and navigate to the Set Document Storage Preferences area.

Set the default by clicking the radio button under Default for Google Drive.

Make Google Drive the Default Storage Option

Restrict Other Providers

If you want to prohibit saving to anything other than Google Drive, click Disallow for all the other options listed.

Once an option is disallowed, users will no longer be able to choose it for saving their documents. They can save only using your selected provider.

SmartDraw gives you peace of mind that your team will work in the secure environment of your choice.

Restrict to Google Drive

Get the SmartDraw Add-On

You can add SmartDraw as an app, so your users can create diagrams and add them to documents from inside Google Drive or any Google Workspace app like Google Docs.

  • Install the SmartDraw add-on from Google Workspace's marketplace.
  • When prompted, agree to let your Google Workspace connect with SmartDraw's external service by clicking Allow.
  • You can also install the add-on from any open Google document or sheet. Click on the Add-Ons menu and select Get add-ons. Search for SmartDraw. Click the blue "Free" button to the right of the SmartDraw entry.
Get the SmartDraw Add-On

Create New SmartDraw Diagrams Directly From Google Drive

Once SmartDraw has been added to your Google Workspace account, you can create new SmartDraw documents directly from Google Drive. Simply click on New, navigate to More and choose SmartDraw Diagrams.

Login with your normal SmartDraw credentials.

Draw your diagram or choose an existing diagram stored in your account and save it to Google Drive.

Create new SmartDraw diagrams from Google Drive

Open SmartDraw Diagrams on Google Drive

SmartDraw diagrams will appear with thumbnail previews in your Google Drive folders. To edit a file, navigate to it and double-click to bring up an app selection drop-down and choose SmartDraw Diagrams.

You can also right-click on the file, go to Open With in the modal that pops up and choose SmartDraw Diagrams.

Any changes you make to the diagram will be saved to Google Drive automatically.

Diagrams with previews in Google Drive
Open a diagram from Google Drive

Add SmartDraw Diagrams to Google Docs and More

You can enhance any boring documentation or report with some eye-catching visuals. Create diagrams and easily insert them to any document or sheet in Google Workspace using the SmartDraw Add-On. Make your reports and documentation pop with professional visuals and easy-to-understand diagrams.

In your Google Doc, go to Add-Ons, choose SmartDraw Diagrams and click on Insert Diagram.

Login with your SmartDraw credentials and create a diagram or choose an existing diagram to add to your document.

Updating Inserted Diagrams

If you need to update a diagram, launch the SmartDraw Add-On, update your document and reinsert it or if you've updated your diagram independently using SmartDraw, choose Update All Diagrams or Update Selected Diagrams under the SmartDraw Diagrams menu and the service will go find the latest the version of the inserted visuals.

Add a diagram to Google Doc
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