Microsoft Visio

Microsoft Visio

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Microsoft Visio

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A Great tool for creating process diagrams

9
June 17, 2021
We are using Visio to draw process diagrams and database information flow. The process flows can be also drawn by using Excel, Word, or …
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Excellent program for org charts

8
April 13, 2021
We utilize Microsoft Visio to create, update, and maintain organizational charts for various departments across the company.
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Microsoft Visio for Drawing Creation

8
April 08, 2021
We currently use this software in the engineering department to replace AutoCAD in all new jobs. it has flexibility and the ability to use …
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Visio: Familiar and Efficient

10
April 01, 2021
Microsoft Visio is used across my organization for documenting processes. Specifically in my audit department, Visio is used to document …
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A versatile multi-discipline tool

9
December 27, 2019
Microsoft Visio is being used across the organization. Our Network and Security teams use it for network diagrams, analysts to depict the …

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Plan 1

$5.00

Cloud
Per User Per Month

Plan 2

$15.00

Cloud
Per User Per Month

Standard

$280.00

Cloud

Entry-level set up fee?

  • No setup fee

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  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting / Integration Services

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Product Details

What is 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).

Microsoft Visio Technical Details

Deployment TypesSaaS
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationNo

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is 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).

What is Microsoft Visio's best feature?

Reviewers rate Support Rating highest, with a score of 7.5.

Who uses Microsoft Visio?

The most common users of Microsoft Visio are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees) and the Information Technology & Services industry.

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Score 9 out of 10
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  • Exporting in PDF format
  • Can utilize thousands of symbols from various categories like devices, flows, etc.
  • Simple interface
  • Able to download and apply stencils quite easily
  • There could be better integration between Visio and MS Word, especially when it comes to importing graphics from the one to the other.
  • User interface can be more user friendly for any user to use.
  • When creating connectors between objects, the glue type feature can be an option rather than the default.
Mahmoud Barakat | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 2 out of 10
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  • A lot of techniques
  • Easy to use and combine shapes
  • Office 365 - [I believe] web view is valueless, don't invest a penny in it.
  • [In my experience,] pictures cannot be cropped and groups cannot be un-grouped
  • [In my experience, there is] lagging time even with high bandwidth
  • [In my experience, the] time to deliver same drawing in web view = 3X or 4X time of older desktop versions
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Visio stencil functionality
  • Connectivity to a wide range of data sources
  • Pre-defined template
  • It requires more effort and experience to properly use connection points to connect two objects.
  • It is frustrating when connection points automatically connect to other objects. Due to this feature, manual alignment is difficult.
  • The Visio license is very expensive.
Score 9 out of 10
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  • The library of icons and elements are big enough.
  • The predefined templates for projects are useful.
  • It makes the work fast and efficient.
  • It's easy to learn.
  • Sometimes auto-arrange does not correctly align the project diagrams.
  • Licence fees are expensive.
  • If you are doing projects for clients, your clients will not be able to change the process diagram if they do not have a Visio license.
Score 8 out of 10
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  • Ready-to-use shapes
  • Easy-to-understand diagrams for both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Saves time with industry-standard shapes and templates
  • Microsoft Visio should be included in the suite of Microsoft Office products
  • Autorotation feature sometimes creates issues--it should be more flexible
  • Default shapes included can be more colorful, keeping business users in mind
  • Microsoft Visio is not very easy to use for non-technical business users
Simon Brereton | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • System drawings - drag and drop icons and simple drag and drop connectors
  • Process mapping - as with system drawing our process maps and drag and drop and easily connected and easily modified
  • Mindmaps/Brainstorming - makes simple clear maps that can easily be exported to other MS programs (word, PowerPoint etc.)
  • The main screen is very busy, even though it probably needs to be as Visio has so, so many functions.
  • It would be good to have some stock "title blocks" for tech drawings and wiring diagrams that are easily available
Score 10 out of 10
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  • 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.
Score 8 out of 10
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  • Automated linking of diagram objects based on rules.
  • Vast array of diagram objects.
  • Easiest software to use for organizational charts.
  • Remove the block for click-to-run installation when used in conjunction with Office 365.
  • Reduce pricing for the on-line version of Visio if this is going to be the wave of the future.
  • Have better definition and detail requirements for objects provided by third parties for import into Visio.
Score 6 out of 10
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  • Easy to use templates and UI.
  • Ability to work offline and one cloud support.
  • Infinite canvas and printing options makes it suitable for everyone to create and print.
  • The installer tool is clunky, rigid and uninviting.
  • The preloaded shapes and icons are limited in comparison to Lucidchart.
  • The user experience is not straightforward unless you take some basic tutorials.
Bryan Goodyear, PMP, CSM | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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  • Powerful and clean visualizations.
  • Large library of industry-recognized shapes to leverage in your visualizations.
  • Sharing your diagram is not easy; printing or publishing is unfortunately not as easy as it could be.
  • Keeping shapes aligned could be easier. You have to have a good eye for spatial design to keep complicated diagrams easy-on-the-eyes.
Score 8 out of 10
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  • Visio is integrated with other Office suite products which is nice.
  • It is user-friendly. It doesn't take long to figure out how to get up and running while also providing advanced users options to add the bells and whistles they want.
  • The variety of standard templates is large and there are lots more custom templates you can download too.
  • It is an expensive license. I believe it's $500/person.
  • Not available for Mac/Linux users
  • Can't publish to certain web applications easily.
Score 10 out of 10
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  • 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.
  • For me personally I cannot highlight anything specific that has any bearing on how I use the product. Everything is very straightforward and clearly signposted including template desgins and categories. The layout is easy to navigate and as it's part of the MS Office ecosystem means there is less to learn as I'm used to a lot of the cross product functionality.
Score 7 out of 10
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  • Visio provides a number of templates and a good selection of symbols and shapes to use.
  • The number of features and functionality is pretty robust, so you are not restricted in your ability to create with Visio how you visualize you want the results to be.
  • It is a commonly used product, so sharing with others is easy, plus since it integrates with other Microsoft products, that is helpful as well.
  • I find it not very intuitive, and that is after using it for a number of years.
  • I have difficulty formatting to a page for printing or even viewing in a presentation.
  • The ability to switch between text and textboxes and lines seems like it could be done easier. It seems like I am always in the wrong area.
  • It would be great if there was an easier way to find the correct symbol or icon you want. Often I can never find what I am looking for and need to improvise.
September 19, 2019

Microsoft Visio Review

Score 8 out of 10
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  • Very easy to use with multiple diagram tools
  • Lots of built-in options and templates and it allows you to import many more.
  • Reliable program - I've used it Visio for many years and it gets easier to use with each revision.
  • Would like to see more animated tools that could be used in workflows
  • As its a Microsoft program - cost is always an issue.
Score 9 out of 10
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  • 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.
Score 7 out of 10
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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.
Score 10 out of 10
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  • 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.