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Microsoft offers Visio, a diagramming tool for building flowcharts, diagrams (e.g. network diagrams), org charts and floor plans, available online as a subscription and also in enterprise level packages (e.g. Visio Professional).https://dudodiprj2sv7.cloudfront.net/product-logos/eH/X7/W1N6KC1XIRET.JPEGUse Microsoft Visio to enhance your drawingsMicrosoft Visio is a very cool tool. It makes creating diagrams and charts so much easier. Only a few people in our organization use Microsoft Visio. It is mainly used for creating organizational charts. We also use it to create diagrams for our IT department. It is quite the time saver.,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.,9,I have to create and update organizational charts. Using Visio is so much easier to do this in. It greatly reduces my time. Network and server diagrams help me document how our systems are connected.,,Adobe Acrobat DC, Adobe LiveCycle Enterprise Suite 4Visio: Familiar and EfficientMicrosoft Visio is used across my organization for documenting processes. Specifically in my audit department, Visio is used to document workflows and processes of clients. Using Visio helps us to communicate our understanding of processes to our clients in a visual manner, and guides narrative reporting. Visio provides clarity and the ability to parse out many details, from which team is completing a process step, to controls identified in the process, to specific notes and details about certain steps.,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.,8,Due to its ease of use and familiarity, Visio is very efficient to work with. Visio gives us a professional appearance to clients. Visio helps us meet standards for reporting to executives.,Snagit, WebEx Meetings, JabberMS Visio, a great all around tool to add to the MS Office Suite!Microsoft Visio is deployed on an as needed basis at an Illinois community college campus. Visio is deployed to users on an as needed basis, and is not part of a normal deployment of MS Office suite of programs. Visio is a versatile in many ways and allows us to deploy it as to fill software gaps that would normally require many more specific programs with a much higher learning curve, and price.,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.,7,As a MS Enterprise licensing user, the cost of Visio is in our master licensing package, so the OOI is very high. Should we have to look elsewhere for programs which have similar functions, we lose staff time in research. Licensing other programs would also cost the college money. Ease of use and familiarity of the interface, because it is a MS program, is definitely a great ROI for our college, as training times are kept to a minimum. Users are productive after a short period with Visio.,Microsoft Visio- a must-have tool for any technology userAs an Audio-Video Design Firm, we use a tool like Visio on a regular basis (used it today, actually). Unlike AutoCAD (which we also use) we use Visio to do things like pre-sales designs for clients, network drawings for IT managers in our client companies, and any case where we want to embed an image in a drawing to make it easier to get a point across. We also use it for "quick and dirty" drawings for meetings and discussions to capture the contents of our whiteboard designs. 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.,9,Visio is very easy to find ROI- it pays for itself almost immediately. Visio allows us to quickly and professionally create pre-sales documents that can be used to present complex ideas in a clear and coherent fashion.,AutoCADUsing MS Visio 2016It is being used by a department for the documentation of services, processes and diagrams of technology services.,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.,8,Better information in the diagrams and more detail of the components. Easy to export and share in a reading format, this allows contribution to the documentation processes.,Bizagi Digital Business Platform and Gliffy,draw.io, Bizagi Digital Business Platform
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September 27, 2018

Review: "Use Microsoft Visio to enhance your drawings"

Score 9 out of 10
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Microsoft Visio is a very cool tool. It makes creating diagrams and charts so much easier. Only a few people in our organization use Microsoft Visio. It is mainly used for creating organizational charts. We also use it to create diagrams for our IT department. It is quite the time saver.
  • 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.
Microsoft Visio is very well suited for creating flowcharts. It also excels with organizational charts. There are dynamic connectors and dotted line connectors that show who reports to who. Microsoft Visio also is great for IT diagrams. Server diagrams, Network diagrams, all the shapes are there to make a great representation of your network!
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December 06, 2018

Microsoft Visio Review: "Visio: Familiar and Efficient"

Score 8 out of 10
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Microsoft Visio is used across my organization for documenting processes. Specifically in my audit department, Visio is used to document workflows and processes of clients. Using Visio helps us to communicate our understanding of processes to our clients in a visual manner, and guides narrative reporting. Visio provides clarity and the ability to parse out many details, from which team is completing a process step, to controls identified in the process, to specific notes and details about certain steps.
  • 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.
Visio is a very visual program, and is therefore helpful in situations that require summarizing a large amount of information, like a complicated process. Visio would be much less beneficial in a situation that requires documenting many small details, as they would clutter the aspect of simplicity that Visio otherwise provides. Visio is, however, very well suited for supplementing documentation with very minute details by providing a higher-level view of information.
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November 30, 2018

Microsoft Visio Review: "MS Visio, a great all around tool to add to the MS Office Suite!"

Score 7 out of 10
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Microsoft Visio is deployed on an as needed basis at an Illinois community college campus. Visio is deployed to users on an as needed basis, and is not part of a normal deployment of MS Office suite of programs. Visio is a versatile in many ways and allows us to deploy it as to fill software gaps that would normally require many more specific programs with a much higher learning curve, and price.
  • 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.

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November 28, 2018

Review: "Microsoft Visio- a must-have tool for any technology user"

Score 9 out of 10
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As an Audio-Video Design Firm, we use a tool like Visio on a regular basis (used it today, actually). Unlike AutoCAD (which we also use) we use Visio to do things like pre-sales designs for clients, network drawings for IT managers in our client companies, and any case where we want to embed an image in a drawing to make it easier to get a point across. We also use it for "quick and dirty" drawings for meetings and discussions to capture the contents of our whiteboard designs.

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.
Microsoft Visio is (in my opinion) a "must have" tool for a technology company or pretty much any IT department. It allows any technical user to turn a whiteboard drawing into a professional rendering that can be used to document critical information as well as to present important information in a clear and concise fashion- all without "breaking the bank".
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November 28, 2018

Microsoft Visio Review: "Using MS Visio 2016"

Score 8 out of 10
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It is being used by a department for the documentation of services, processes and diagrams of technology services.
  • 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.
Technical drawings and diagrams become easy because of the rule checking that we can automatically create with data legends.

Has not been made compatible with iPads, Mac computers or Android tablets.
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October 01, 2018

Microsoft Visio Review: "Visio for Process and System modelling"

Score 9 out of 10
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Business process and System flow documentation. Visio is used in both IT/business operations and across the organization.
  • 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
Simple to medium complex diagrams are well suited in Visio. Complex diagrams with multiple hand offs would require a better solution.
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About Microsoft Visio

Microsoft offers Visio, a diagramming tool for building flowcharts, diagrams (e.g. network diagrams), org charts and floor plans, available online as a subscription and also in enterprise level packages (e.g. Visio Professional).
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