MS PowerPoint includes a feature called "SmartArt". It provides a means of automating various kinds of graphical layouts of lists. I believe it was introduced with MS Office 2007.

I'm not a Windows user, and in the flavours of Linux I have on my machines (Ubuntu and Mint) I use LibreOffice. At the moment, this feature is not available in Impress, and my hunch is that it's unlikely to show up any time soon.

So my (simple) question: is there an independent application that can do what SmartArt does (automate different graphical layouts of lists), and in particular which run on Linux?

  • By any chance, have you ever found anything? Currently looking for a solution and the closest thing I can find is graphviz, which, while hugely more flexible, doesn't provide nearly the ease-of-use of MS Office SmartArt.
    – kdb
    Commented Jul 21, 2018 at 8:17
  • @kdb No I haven't, I'm afraid. I see that there is now a comment (#16) in that enhancement request giving a couple extension suggestions, which also notes that they "aren't really full SmartArt replacements". HTH.
    – Dɑvïd
    Commented Jul 21, 2018 at 9:25
  • I tried both, and, sadly, the note is quite on point. The "smart" extension is more a proof of concept, that requires a lot of manual adjustments, and the "template collection" is just a collection of fixed-layout templates, i.e. no automatic creation from input is performed at all.
    – kdb
    Commented Jul 21, 2018 at 9:34
  • Consider using LaTeX (e.g. PDFbeamer...) perhaps with advi or hevea Commented Sep 2, 2023 at 10:42

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I'm not sure, whether or not SmartArt is included, but as some screenshots looks promising - did you ever try WPS Office?

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