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- Work together on Visio flowcharts to include insights from all stakeholders.
- With Office 365*, multiple team members can work on diagrams at the same time.
- Connect your flowcharts and diagrams to real-time data.
- Applied shape formatting automatically updates your flowcharts to reflect changes in the underlying data, either in Visio or through Office 365*.
- Its inability to delve deeply into micro information successfully.
- It is a paid software which comes after paying a Microsoft licensing fee.
- The cost is high and the integration of the stencil library is unnecessarily fragmented.
- The more you use it, the faster and more effective you will get.
I don't see it being the easiest when working on floor plans because importing the plans doesn't work out too well and requires you to make pointers for connections if you brought in one big picture rather than individualized pieces.
- Visio is very easy to use for people of all skill levels
- The ability to build and present complicated diagrams in a simplified format
- Cost effective with little to no comparative competition in this space
- More options for shapes and colours
- Collaboration could be easier
- Better FAQ and training documents would be better
Microsoft Visio is the perfect tool for those looking to create advanced diagrams and layouts using pre-built templates.
- I like the built-in capabilities which make it easier to connect diagrams to data sources and display data graphically.
- I like the different templates and layouts you can leverage within Visio from basic to advanced.
- Visio is very user-friendly, making it easy to use and collaborate with other users around shared diagrams etc.
- While Visio is easy to use overall, it does have some quirks and can be a little limiting in what you can do within the tool itself and collaboration can sometimes be limited as a result.
- BPMN for creating process work flows, Visio does a great job at integrating this notation.
- The availability of many different shapes that can be utilized to create different types of diagrams.
- Easy to use, user-friendly.
- I have nothing to suggest at this time.
- Graphical representation of processes through inserting a picture is one of the best things I experienced in Visio.
- Very easy to work with the models given.
- Visio gives templates in every aspect that a business analyst or a project manager needs in terms of process flow drawings or projects plannings.
- The only difficulty I face when I'm using this is its size layout. It is difficult to get everything we put into a single A4 size layout.
- It gives you the ability to design every business analyzing diagram like process flow diagrams, workflows, activity, sequence, etc.
- It helps the project managers to design project management documents like grant charts, etc.
- Diagrams can be designed so that they are readable and pleasant. Can insert pictures instead of rectangles shapes to represent processes.
- The only issue I find in working with Visio is the size layouts. It's very hard sometimes to design processes so that it fits the size of an A4.
- There are a lot of templates that are built into the shipping version but there are also a lot more available online.
- Easy to export into a PDF or other type of document.
- There are a lot of various icons that you can use instead of just the simple flow-chart look.
- Connecting/wiring the different blocks is not intuitive and can be frustrating.
- The connections between blocks are auto-routed and it's really difficult to change them to look the way you want.
- Searching for all the various icons is not readily available at all times. It seems like it's grouped by which project type you choose.
- Process flows
- Business analysis
- Project planning
- Easier to develop multi department flows, when you're outlining the flow, currently if you need to shift where swimlanes are located it completely alters your diagram (when boxes are connected with arrows) and you have to basically restart it.
- This is the most nit picky thing ever, BUT, while working through a process flow if you realize you need to change the basic standard flow shapes to another shape you have to go back and redo the whole thing. If there was a way to change the shape by right clicking on the box instead to instant switch instead of copy/paste/realign/reconnect to switch out the shape I would personally be forever grateful. I once did a workflow in all start/end process circles, so dumb, but I had to go back through and rewrite the whole thing into the process boxes. It was a super large workflow. It was such a pain in the ass.
- I didn't realize that Visio could be used for Gantt charts and project management until this review. To make those features more user-friendly or as a separate tab would allow users to track business process flows AND if kicking off a project - link the project timeline to certain steps.
Project management, business documentation, process flows. Great for kick off meetings to document customer expectations or technical projects to pinpoint integration points/sub processes.
- Visio is a highly flexible design and documentation platform that enables clear representation of systems and solutions
- Visio is the digital version of a whiteboard that can be used to solidify an idea into a design
- The ability to export a design to a PDF allows easy sharing with others that do not use Visio
- Visio falls behind in the real-time collaboration department
- I have always wished that Visio more easily enabled dynamic complex shapes - for example, a simple shape with menu of choices that would automatically expand/contract as items are added/deleted
- I love that Visio works for any level of user. I can create simplistic, high-level diagrams very quickly, or take my time and create more complex processes and diagrams using Visio's large shapes library. And if the icon or image I need isn't available, I can paste or import it into my diagram.
- It gives me control to go outside what we'd consider best practices to create diagrams that have specific meaning to stakeholders. For example, some may like a particular color scheme, which I really don't care about, but if they want decisions to be yellow, start to be green, and end to be red, I can easily accommodate those requests.
- I also love (love!) that it is so easy to use with SharePoint. I can virtually collaborate with my team to refine process flows and diagrams, and go back through my version control to see which changes have been made and by whom.
- 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.
- For users who have been using it since the early versions, the changes between the years have been incremental and easy to pick up. It's an easy learning curve for longtime users.
- A huge amount of different diagram options for every conceivable possibility. There isn't another tool with this much diagram versatility while maintaining a professional feel.
- It's often bunched in with Office 365 Professional meaning that companies don't have to shell out too much.
- It is not very user-friendly for first-time users, such as myself back in 2016. If you haven't had training in the area you will find producing professional diagrams difficult with Visio.
- There are open source alternatives that are catching up with Visio's functionality for free. It may not be long until forking out for Visio may not be worth it.
- Switching between open source software and Visio can cause compatibility issues, and diagrams may be ruined in the conversion.
- Visio contains a very large collection of objects that you can add to your drawing. They are regrouped in themes which makes it more easy to select. It also allows for some standards in the drawings created.
- Office integration is really awesome. You can integrate a Visio drawing in a Word document and people without Visio can still see it. Also, the users of Visio can edit the drawing from within Word which makes it very convenient.
- Visio allows us to add new anchors to objects (to attach arrows and lines). This is really convenient as sometimes the default position of anchors on an object doesn't fit your needs.
- If you can't find the object that fits your need, you can import pictures and put anchors on them. This helps you achieve the desired effect.
- Often, I have the feeling that I'm using overly complex ways of doing some things that are basic. The tool is really easy to use and loaded with options so you can easily get lost in it. Looking for some training on the tool is probably a good idea if you want to use it fully.
- When you are moving objects around, very often, your connectors will also move and won't arrange nicely.
- For example, if three connectors leave an object to go to three different objects, I would like to see these three connectors joined (or overlapped) for as long as possible on the graph. Or if you manually change the path of a connector to go under an object, as soon as you move one of the two objects linked with that connector, this will usually revert the path of the connector to the original one. For people with OCD, this is triggering.
- Flow Charts - It is very easy to create flow charts with Visio.
- Network Diagrams - This is where I started my Visio experience. Drawing servers and switches. Visio has all the shapes built right into it so you can just drag and drop.
- Maps - You can create building plans with Visio and layout how you want your rooms to look. I used this to design my current house floor plan.
- Shapes - There are always more shapes that could be added. Visio has a lot but never all of them.
- Visio Viewer - Occasionally the Visio Viewer doesn't work. We use the viewer for all the rest of our users to view the Visio files but the most recent version of Visio viewer is 2013.
- Visio is built just like any other Microsoft Office program, so anyone familiar with Office will find it relatively easy to use.
- The automatic spacing of items on a page makes a Visio project look sleek and professional with little effort.
- The pre-loaded shapes and symbols in Visio are consistent with what is being taught in business tools for appropriately flowing processes, so it takes the guesswork out of representing processes correctly.
- Spacing things on your own can be difficult. It took me a number of google searches to figure out how to freely change the size of a swim lane, or that holding the shift key while using the arrow keys to move a shape will move it at a smaller scale. Knowing tips like these upfront would be helpful.
- Creating master shapes would be helpful; when a shape is too big for a diagram, resizing it and then making sure all of the other instances are the same shape can be a pain.
- A wider selection of templates would be nice.
- Ease of Use
- Choice of Flowchart, wiring diagrams and floor plans
- Quick to deploy to users on our campus with MS Office enterprise based licensing
- More shape features built into the program, so less third party downloads would be necessary
- Quicker, easier navigation of the workspace (there is not an easy way to drag around the image to get it to the desired location on the document). Maybe add an Adobe-like to navigate the document
- It would be very beneficial to save multiple individual preference and layout options for each typw of document loaded.
Uses depend on the individual user, and are known to be, but not limited to: flow charts, wiring schematics/diagrams, floor plans of offices, common areas and classrooms. In the application at our campus, each user has a specific need for Visio, and Visio is not deployed with the normal MS Office suite of programs.
Many members of the campus leadership team, and their assistants use Visio for flow-charting of tasks and duties. The user interface is similar to all other MS products, so the learning curve is minimal.
Technology departments use Visio for wiring and schematic diagrams of network and classroom wiring. Most of our external contractors take our rough Visio documents and transfer them to AutoCAD, which has a much higher learning curve.
One of our campus staff uses Visio regularly to play furniture checkers with offices, conference center rooms, and common areas. It is nice to have the functionality of creating to scale rooms layouts prior to moving furnishings three or four times.
Visio provides us with a powerful tool that also looks professional at a cost and ease of use factor that is very attractive to our company.
- Ease of use: Visio is very intuitive, and as a Microsoft product is very comfortable for most technical users to pick up.
- Wide-spread use by IT Professionals: While not as powerful as other tools in some areas, Visio is well-known as a standard for the documentation of equipment in data centers for IT deployments.
- Availability of templates: There are literally thousands of pre-made Visio templates available, which allows for faster and more accurate drawings.
- Cost: Visio is very cost-effective, costing hundreds of dollars versus thousands, which allows for more users and greater flexibility.
- Hardware requirements: VIsio will run decently on just about any new or recent hardware, even most laptops or portable "surface-esque" devices.
- Unlike tools like AutoCAD, Visio is not well-suited to the creation or modification of large-scale construction documents.
- Visio has many "quirks" that can cause frustration for even experienced users, likely due to its typical use being for less complex scenarios.
- It is a good way to create organization charts. It doesn't really restrict you on where items are placed. It is easy to copy and paste and move things around.
- Sometimes I get a little frustrated with having to click on the boxes to change my cursor to what I would like to do.
- Shapes can be replaced.
- Creates bumps in a connector while crossing another connector line.
- Text can be entered directly inside the shapes.
- Clipart gallery is big.
- Allows to design different environments in an easy and natural way from structures, offices, houses, technology, logistics, etc.
- It is important to be able to handle versions of the projects; changes are often made and it is difficult to identify the differences.
- I have experienced that when a project is very large, the program gets slow at times.
- It helps us understand how business processes are integrated across departments.
- It helps IT understand how the system is designed to support the business process and also to understand the flow of events.
- It is also being used as a tool in training users
- Process flow documentation to explain the steps involved in getting a sale completed, or getting a customer service issue triaged.
- Training materials to visually present the process and system flows
- Status reporting, project management and technical architecture diagrams are done in Visio
- Complex flows drawn using Visio are not legible on presentations and hard to follow
- Some controls are hard to find although there is search capability available
- Visio crashes often, especially the 365 version
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