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Likelihood to Recommend

Lucidchart

Lucidchart is particularly well suited for situations when you want to visualize data quickly. If your information is already well-organized, it is quicker and easier to use Lucidchart than to create infographics in a graphic design program that’s not tailored for easy chart-making. I don’t recommend using Lucidchart in situations where you want to display information graphics that are flashy, sleek, and modern.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Visio

Ease of use, it has many stencils supporting system architecture and IDEF system behavior diagrams. I have also utilized it as a system conops design tool. Excellent flexibility. Powerful program for drawing plans and structural charts, is easy to use and contains a wide range of design tools that facilitates the development of flow charts for users with little experience
Richard Perroset | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Lucidchart

  • Allows individuals to further realize engineering issues and collaborate, globally in real time, in order to resolve the issues.
  • Allows individuals and teams to define a workflow or process to use for a platform or action. For instance, before selecting an HRIS platform, we used Lucidchart to map out all HRIS processes which made selecting a platform ridiculously simple.
  • Lucidchart also allows anyone to easily publish their output so that users, both internally and externally, can view their ideas without needing a license, login or any complicated understanding.
  • The mobile aspects of Lucidchart are also fantastic as an individual can create a concept or design and present it to individuals right from their pocket.
Nathan McBride | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Visio

  • The templates for basic flowcharting are simple to use and cover most of the basic functions and touch points in a diagram.
  • The variety of included icons and connectors means it's very easy to create floor plans and/or network diagrams.
  • The ease at which you can customise connectors with different colours/thickness makes it very effective in overall presentation of a diagram.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Lucidchart

  • The process for browsing and managing uploaded user images seems a little off. For example, I frequently will use screen captures as graphical elements of a document. While LucidChart fully supports doing so, it might be helpful to have a more powerful interface when reviewing/browsing/selecting files that are serving duty as custom images.
  • I create fairly involved sitemaps and love the sitemaps tools which let you type your hierarchy into the diagram in a popup and see that hierarchy anytime you click on a shape. However, the popup is small, and when I click on a shape in my wireframe, the popup doesn't jump to and highlight the item I've selected in the hierarchy. This makes it challenging to find the item I'm trying to work with in the popup hierarchy.
  • The cost is a big deal, initially, Lucidchart was freemium and was free for us to use the team license which we made available to our users at the university. Without warning, they changed their license structure and began charging for this. Now if our users want to have the same functionality they have to purchase a license or request for an education discount which is a tedious process. The price is a little on the high side, especially if you want to add more members to your Lucidcart team.
  • Sometimes it takes time to load the documents, and depending on the complexity of the document that is being developed, it hangs up (you must have a good internet connection) if you do not have a connection, you can not use this software.
  • Sometimes it can be frustrating to format shapes and resize them at times. While the software is fairly user friendly I have definitely gotten frustrated at times trying to resize images and have had issues when I was trying to connect certain processes to another and the program picks the wrong shape to connect to. I also wish it was a bit easier to print out these charts, but I don't think it's very fair to blame the software on that since everyone's charts are going to vary by width/size so it's up to the user to format it for printing.
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Microsoft Visio

  • The shapes library can be a little daunting if you're unfamiliar. Unless you know what you're looking for and where to find it, you can spend a lot of time looking for a particular shape or icon. But once you find it, you can add it to your shapes menu for easy access.
  • You can also spend a lot of time selecting your defaults for shapes, arrows, font size, etc. But like the shapes library, once you get it down, it's locked in.
  • Be prepared to spend a few hours playing with Visio before figuring out all the nuances. But if you're a beginner and need to create a process flow or diagram, you can do it very quickly without a lot of effort or training. The fun stuff takes a little longer to master.
Richard Crane | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Lucidchart

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Microsoft Visio

Microsoft Visio 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I LOVE Visio for project workflow documentation. Customers come to us to develop workflows for them and integrate systems. Visio makes it easy to understand and document customer needs as well as highlight web service touchpoints and integration areas.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Lucidchart

Lucidchart 8.1
Based on 3 answers
The software is incredibly easy to use and can be used on both a personal and business scale. It really can help you map out processes in a business or help you begin to formulate ideas for personal or educational use. Having the free version is great since you can test out some limited functionality before committing to purchasing the full version.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Visio

Microsoft Visio 7.5
Based on 2 answers
Some things that I think should be easy to do are not, at least not for a beginner user. I'm sure it's easy once you get the hang of it but the two main issues I have with Visio are the connecting of different states and searching for graphics/icons after you have chosen a starting template.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Lucidchart

Lucidchart 8.5
Based on 11 answers
The team is always available to answer questions on Instagram or through their live chat, and we get calls from them about once a year asking if we're happy with stuff or want to upgrade our service. Overall, they have been really professional, and I can see that they really enjoy developing their software and helping companies with diagram creation services.
David Cassel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Visio

Microsoft Visio 7.7
Based on 15 answers
Overall, I feel that Microsoft's support is weak. They are now such a behemoth that their model of putting documentation online for their users to sift through is totally outgrown. Given the amount of money you pay for these licenses, Microsoft should provide easy one-on-one support for their products via email or chat. The idea of paying their rates for support incidents is ridiculous. If you have an enormous amount of time on your hands, use their support websites and you will eventually find a solution most of the time.
John Mota | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Lucidchart

Lucidchart is designed to do one thing in my opinion, design charts of connected shapes. Other apps can do the same but are often tied to a desktop app and bloated with other illustration features I do not need. I like that is Lucidchart is limited in features to those specific to the needs of this task and allows for easy sharing of my documents with others.
Albert Ellenich | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Visio

Other products that we have tried (like Google Drawings and LucidChart) did not offer the same flexibility and ease of use that we have found in Microsoft Visio. While they may offer better collaborative features, they were lacking in some of the basic interface and shape features that Visio makes easy.
David Currier | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Lucidchart

  • We run Lucidchart for a fraction of what it would cost to deploy Visio, allowing us to open up its tools to more employees.
  • The low learning curve means less time spent teaching and more time spent recording data.
  • Its various functions have made it a mainstay in multiple departments outside of IT.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Visio

  • Microsoft Visio helps improve communication which ensures increased alignment. This helps reduce costly rework on projects.
  • Microsoft Visio is expensive to license the whole organization, so it takes some time to ensure your diagram is in a good format for publishing and there are only so many people who can edit the Visio files.
Bryan Goodyear, PMP, CSM | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Microsoft Visio

Pricing Details

Lucidchart

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Lucidchart Editions & Modules

Edition
Basic4.951
Pro8.951
TeamVaries1
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details
The Team Pricing increases depending on the number of users on the account.

Microsoft Visio

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Microsoft Visio Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

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