Visio: Familiar and Efficient
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 06, 2018

Visio: Familiar and Efficient

Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft Visio

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.
  • 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.
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.