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Visio review by Yaolin Z.
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"Easy to use intuitive software for creating beautiful flow charts"

What do you like best?

I find the software very intuitive and easy to experiment with. They provide an assortment of templates, but it is very easy to create a new flow chart from scratch, by drawing a starting shape and using connector lines. If you are already familiar with designing powerpoint diagrams, the concept is similar, except with Visio, it is much more effortless to align objects, and the software will automatically expand your figure onto another page if necessary.

What do you dislike?

The product defaults to blue shaded boxes which are difficult to read and not very printer-friendly. I have to manually fix it every time. The other limitation is that when you want to save Visio or transfer your image into a different program (i.e., going into a powerpoint presentation), the image doesn't always transfer in exactly the way because it may appear slightly differently. I also wish there were more icons available, so I could use them as objects in presentations. There is a way to modify them, but there is a rather limited selection, since the diagrams were intended to be used for business or work purposes (not as a general database of copyright free clip art).

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would highly recommend using Visio if you like to create interesting flow charts and plan to do so on a regular basis.

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I was a bit of a skeptic when my vice-chair highly recommended Visio for designing algorithms and flow-charts. I initially used it reluctantly, but I was able to figure out how to make fairly appealing flow charts within minutes. This makes for much more interesting presentations and hand-outs. Most people who have seen my Visio flowcharts have been impressed. The completed flow charts would take significantly longer to create in powerpoint or other software programs.

What is Visio?

Whether you want to quickly capture a flowchart that you brainstormed on a whiteboard, or map an IT network or build an organizational chart, Visio makes it simple to do so.

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Visio review by Richard M.
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"Nothing like Visio "

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Visio review by Raquel L.
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"Me encanta la cara"

What do you like best?

En mi trabajo como auditor, el uso de este dispositivo es esencial porque le permite pintar un método a través de las metodologías de los diagramas. Funciona como una apelación en el desarrollo de diagramas eléctricos. Proporciona muchas opciones disponibles para crear diagramas personalizados rápidamente. Arrastre y las características de Draw se entregan con ganancia Las capacidades de arrastrar y soltar hacen que los archivos sean fáciles de crear y reemplazar. Herramienta fácil de aplicar, requiere escolaridad mínima.

What do you dislike?

Algunas veces, las herramientas especiales intentan y hacen cosas robóticas para usted, que generalmente no funcionan bien y finalmente terminan tardando más en corregirse. El sistema de agregar y conectar las trazas a los contenedores puede ser desconcertante porque hay distintas formas de líneas. usarlo constantemente, sin embargo, hubiera sido útil si otros hubieran iniciado sesión correctamente de vez en cuando. Realmente me gustaría tener más control sobre el vector de las formas. Sin embargo, a pesar de esto, el funcionamiento de este software es perfecto y lo mejor para el departamento de procesos de TI en una empresa comercial.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Guarde el trabajo de forma intermitente y manténgase actualizado con la moderna biblioteca de símbolos y actualice si es necesario. Si necesita dibujar de forma encantadora y fluida para estudiar los diagramas de flujo, esa es su aplicación, en caso de que necesite una funcionalidad más complicada, necesitará tiempo adicional para administrarla con el máximo rendimiento general, pero apuesto a que, aunque la manipule adecuadamente, puede ser seguro. poderoso. Los ingenieros de sistemas de negocios crean casos de uso Somos capaces de organizar todas nuestras obligaciones en el trabajo y arruinarlo en un formato fácil, lo que hace que sea menos difícil capacitarse y capacitar nuevas contrataciones

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Hemos resuelto dentro de la protección de lo que es nuestra gran máquina de control la presentación de la evaluación motivada de las no conformidades con mayor orden, limpieza y estética, sin la necesidad de reordenar compras adicionales de programas de software que se traduzcan en ahorros financieros para el negocio. Enterprise Proporciona visuales de aspecto profesional que se pueden crear y utilizar en minutos. Se convirtió en un diagrama flotante. Diagramas de flujo de la técnica simplificada Ideal para comunicar ciertos procedimientos.

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Visio review by Vanessa T.
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"I love Viso "

What do you like best?

is the best diagram software, i used it for all my projects to diagram workflows, vmware connections, i used all the stencils that are create it for visio, it almost have everything for every brand. and also it helps me to make my presentations easy, for the user of our internal LAN and our software, i also used it to teach the workflows, the other thing i like the most is that integrates. Office experience allows you to perform common flow charts with ease. Add comments and share diagrams easily with anyone across your organization.

What do you dislike?

i really love it, maybe recommend do the flows a little more self-manage as other online software do

Recommendations to others considering the product

You have to tried it, Office experience allows you to perform common flow charts with easy, share diagrams easily with anyone across your organization.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

for the projects is problem solving, because you can present to your client a visual diagram of anything you have in mind. Office experience allows you to perform common flow charts with ease. Add comments and share diagrams easily with anyone across your organization.

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Visio review by Racey C.
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"Visio. A classic and still the "go to" diagram/mapping software"

What do you like best?

Visio is classic. Pretty much everyone has heard of it and it's used by countless people for a good reason. Visio is amazing at what it does. You can keep it simple and use it to just make some basic diagrams, or your can get fairly complex and tag a ton of metadata into your objects. I really built out Visio is much more than just a visual representation, it's a quite robust form of documentation when used to it's full extent.

But! If all you want to do is make a pretty picture, Visio has you covered.

What do you dislike?

The only thing I can point to right away is that you will find yourself having to go to third parties for additional drawings of products. Generic stencils are most of what's included and if you want something that is actually what you have in place you'll very likely need additional stencils created by other vendors.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Documentation and visualization of an increasingly interwoven environment.

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Visio review by Ava H.
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"Easy to work with and easy on eye"

What do you like best?

As an electrical engineer I do a lot of documentation, My biggest struggle is always picture of my designed circuit. I have tried exporting them from my designing software but they always end up looking strange and incoherent when using in text document. Using Visio has solved this problem for me. You can use Visio For any type of diagramming need. After drawing your circuits you can also include your block diagrams with the same software.

What do you dislike?

The library for circuit symbols were not included, I have to find a library online,which is not complete. Therefore sometime I have to put a lot of time making library components. Considering other libraries beside electrical engineering, Visio is almost complete.

Another problem is that for exporting pictures, you have to try a few time with the exporting option to make sure you have a clear image. Some times when making picture ready for a journal I have to re-export the pictures with very large sizes to make sure the quality of my picture is good enough for the strict requirements of a journal.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Electrical engineers always struggle with founding a tool to draw schematics for their documentation, forget printing the schematics from your simulation software. Use Visio to draw them and you have a clear picture and fonts matching your word document. can

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Drawing circuits for documentation.

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Visio review by Bob K.
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"Network and flow diagrams"

What do you like best?

Large number of manufacturer specific templates, easy to use when developing basic network diagrams and brainstorming. Very popular with IT staff so often times they can provide initial diagrams at early stage of project.

What do you dislike?

Some limitations when exporting to autocad as well as when scaling drawing size up or down. Have not seen much improvement from Microsoft on this product. Monthly cost when adding to office365 accounts seems a little overpriced compared to cost of some other programs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

try the trail or online version first to make sure it will perform the tasks required, there are lots of other programs available but this has been the preferred diagramming app when dealing with IT staff/clients.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Quick and easy flow diagrams for internal and customer projects. Using the stencils where the device is realistically represented often times helps clients better understand the size of equipment and how it will logically be placed in a rack.

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Visio review by Shawn S.
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Broadcast Media
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"Visio You, Visio Me"

What do you like best?

Ok, if you need to VISUALLY define the way something is going to flow and you are not wanting to use your cocktail napkin in a meeting... Then here you go! Then again, maybe the dry erase board with the half usable markers is more your speed! God love ya! Enjoy!

What do you dislike?

Ok, the NEW version of Office, either you dig it or you don't Its' pretty simple. I say that because I have been on office 2007 for a Looooooooong time. And just upgraded. Yeah. Bit of a difference there. The functionality is there, but wow a big jump for me.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try before you buy!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

If you are looking to CROSS collaborate with others in a whole new way. Then with the even newer version of office 365, you probably cannot ask for more. But for instant file updates and sharing of overall design flows. You really cannot beat it!

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Visio review by Hamilton R.
Coordinador de Procesos
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"It's Visio the better choice for my company?"

What do you like best?

Visio allows you to create a lot of diagram types, for example: process diagrams, business, factory, office and more if you get creative. For me, it's the perfect BPM to start if you got no experience in the field of process ingeneering or in the process diagram world. Let's be honest, is a process modeler with Microsoft support and that counts a lot at the end.

What do you dislike?

Page sizes, as you got a top and a bottom per sheet, this botters me a lot because the most of our process diagrams are a little more bigger than an A4 o A3 paper sheet sizes, so this is a annoying situation that I always have to consider when I'm diagraming.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are getting troubles with your business process in your company, try it!! It would help you to identify critical points of improvement through your process diagrams, but when you get more and more expertise in process engineering, maybe you'll need another software in the future, this is because you will go from plain process diagrams to apps for your company. At the end of this review, I invite you to ask yourself if Visio is ther better choice for you.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

All of our business process are diagrammed on Visio, this solution has given to our company the organization for our process documentation, so we keep them structured, esquematizated and in a portrait so anyone can see them.

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Visio review by J. Douglas W.
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Information Technology and Services
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"Great product for a good price"

What do you like best?

Thousands of shapes and versatile templates make for a flexible work environment, allowing me to create just about anything my boss or co-workers need. Installs and activates easily. Love the new SkyDrive integration. Once you are used to Visio, the features and capabilities become second-nature... so easy and self-explanatory. Templates for Maps and Floor Plans are nice, too.

What do you dislike?

The price can be steep if purchasing it for personal use, but it is a must have for the workplace. It can have a somewhat steep learning curve for new users or someone unfamiliar with Microsoft software. Visio for Mac or Linux does not exist; it only works on Windows operating systems unless you use 3rd party tools or workarounds.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is the standard for diagramming and vector graphics applications. If you need to create any type of flowchart, this is the tool for you. Don't bother looking anywhere else.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Network diagrams, decision trees, org charts, and seating charts... these have all been made more neatly and professionally by Visio. On a personal level, I have used Visio for genealogical research and family trees.

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Visio review by Angel J.
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Internet
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"A very good program"

What do you like best?

It is a very easy to use program and its content serves from school tasks to bodily business plans, the creation of concept maps is an easy tool and can be used by any type of person, it really is a very good program that I would recommend

What do you dislike?

It is usually a very basic and simple program, in spite of fulfilling the functions of diagramming, I feel that something else is missing to be a potential competitor in the market, it needs something more professional and exclusive to be a strong competition

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use the program without fear, it is a very easy tool to use and it meets all the requirements, it really is a program that serves what was created

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As I mentioned before, this program is useful for many things and many sectors, from solving school tasks to executive presentations of some company, it is really a program that helps a lot when it comes to making diagrams, mental maps, among other things.

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Visio review by Steve H.
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Information Technology and Services
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"Powerful Diagram tool Visio"

What do you like best?

Pre-defined set of stencils which are widely utilised. Creating new workflow diagram is very easy. As a developer creating new control was also very good experiences. As a business analysts, i have developed very user friendly workflow for my documentation.

What do you dislike?

Need to be economical as it requires you take license separately even if you have office installed. Alignment of the placed objects is not simple, it can change order of all other exiting diagrams placed on the page already.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is very nice product from Microsoft and already much popular. I would just keep on using this forever.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating workflow diagrams for user friendly and beautiful documentation. Additionally we are creating visio models to extract the final data flow through the xml.

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Visio review by Eli M.
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"Somewhat annoying since Microsoft acquired VISIO"

What do you like best?

VIsio is a very good tool for 2 dimensional illustrations, flow diagrams, logic illustrations, simple schematic type drawings and more. It is generally quick and easy to use. Despite the drawback of a Microsoft owned product, Visio is probably the best tool of its kind today.

What do you dislike?

Since Microsoft acquired Visio, they have made it much more sluggish and heavy, and made a number of annoying features the default behavior, such as automatic snap to path and snap to object, and connectors that try to predict what you want to do, instead of simply working in the way you would like them to...Microsoft took a great tool that was easy to use, and made it unnecessarily complicated and heavy.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

product operational logic diagrams, networking diagrams, process flow diagrams

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Visio review by Aleksandra M.
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Hospital & Health Care
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"Easy to use saves time"

What do you like best?

It is very intuitive to navigate; you can only use the symbols similar to Paint or you can use the templates or even create complex links; depends on your goals and free time you want to spend on it.

What do you dislike?

Does take some time to get used to the meaning of each shape. Could be nicer it it was a little more intuitive and gave you suggestions as you work.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a nice addition t your office productivity tools. It is worth buying it. Will save you time and will help you achieve a professional look for your presentation with little time and effort.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Visualizations of the current state of a process and the potential for improvements; also good to visualize data flow and other issues.

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Visio review by Peter G.
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"An almost do it all tool"

What do you like best?

Visio has come on by leaps and bounds and the more templates that get added the better it gets. We use it for screen mock-ups, business process diagrams, software flow, floor plans, org charts. The list just goes on and on. It is also easy to cut and paste or embed the diagrams into word documents or slide shows.

What do you dislike?

There used to be a facility (15years ago?!) to scan a network and generate a network topology diagram based on what Visio found. This was removed a long time ago but I still miss it. It used to save hours creating network diagrams for small offices.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Process design - brings clarity and helps communicate ideas (both internally and with clients)

Software design - helps prevent rework by getting the thinking right first time.

Layout Plans - use the ability to produce vector graphics to create diagrams that can interface with our hot-desking software providing real time updates of availability and status.

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Visio review by Edwin M.
Tecnico en telecomunicaciones
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" Visio Powerful diagram developer"

What do you like best?

This software developed by Microsoft is excellent, it is more than a simple design tool, it is like magic, with it you can capture a whole process and do it in a very professional way, since it has pre-designed figures and a great variety of topics.

Visio is so powerful that with this software you can create flow diagrams, construction plans, floor plans, data flow diagrams, flow charts, process flow diagrams, business process modeling, 3D maps, lane diagrams and much more. So basically it allows to simplify and communicate complex information with linked data diagrams created with a few steps and in a short time.

VISIO also presents a fairly large range of figures, themes and is equipped with industry standardization systems, Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) 2.0 and (IEEE), allowing each design is based on reality; , Including compliance with the Unified Modeling Language (UML) 2.4

What do you dislike?

Mainly that the software is not included in the microsoft office package, so it's a bit tedious to get it

Recommendations to others considering the product

VISIO being a tool for all kinds of work, it would be excellent with an aesthetically more friendly and colorful interface

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In my work we handle quite complex telecommunications systems, so the use of plans is necessary, VISIO is very useful since it allows us to create the flow diagrams, travel plans of the services and electronic architecture plans of the equipment, all this in a very friendly and understandable way with a high level of detail.

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Visio review by T. Blane M.
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"Great tool for Documenting Business "

What do you like best?

I like the stencils that allow you to create a business document for just about any business system or process. There are some very nice integration capabilities that are helpful in cutting down maintenance. I really like the org chart tool that uses the Outlook/Exchange directory to build organizational charts. You just pick someone and the levels you want to include and then the chart is created. I have the PRO version, which also allows you to link diagrams to Excel data files. I used this to update system diagrams with a table of data about the server, such as domain, name, function, etc. and avoid updating all of the detail in the diagram. I also like that I can set my page size to anything I need for large diagrams and plotter size paper.

What do you dislike?

It is not very commonly used, so I need to create a PDF to share files.

Recommendations to others considering the product

While it is good for precisions. I don't find it useful in collaborations, because it is not that common. If it was a part of the Office suite, it would be more.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Linking data to diagrams is a nice solution especially for complicated diagrams with lots of detailed information that is better edited in a different file type, such as Excel.

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Visio review by Geoffrey J.
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"Unbeatable network design and documentation tool"

What do you like best?

I use Visio for mapping our network, server, and WAN infrastructure to obtain an easy to understand visual representation that we can refer to, as well as hand out to vendors when planning upgrades.

What do you dislike?

There can be a slight learning curve to understand some of the expert functionality available.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you currently do not have a diagram utility, or refer to hand drawn maps, I would highly recommend Visio.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Visio to create documentation, disaster recovery maps, and more. It has helped us to minimize extra work of needing to investigate to see how our network is configured whenever we need to make a change.

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Visio review by Jackie W.
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"Easy to use with wide range of feautres"

What do you like best?

I like that it is not too hard to use and it offers a wide range of features. I can easily and efficiently crate flowcharts, information architecture and diagrams. I like that I can import and create stencils and that it offers tutorials to help me become familiar with some of the main or most used features in the program.

What do you dislike?

I would prefer if I could set the page areas, like in some of Microsoft's other programs, so that I can design or layout my flow charts from that starting point rather have to resize and move things around again and again. It would be nice if there was an option for a quick build template type of design.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Double check the licensing options for you or your Team/Business needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Visio allows me to create flows that document and simplify complex information and share that with my team. It is beneficial because it allows the opportunity to create simple and appealing diagrams and charts that are user friendly.

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Visio review by Braian Danielle C.
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"Visio is an easy way to transmit information through the use of diagrams and flowcharts. "

What do you like best?

In my work as an auditor, the use of this tool is fundamental because it allows you to paint a process through the methodologies of diagrams. Relieving processes through this software has become one of the most important activities of a company, especially because it is very easy to use, its applications are universal (everyone knows and understands what their functions and definitions are), besides this tool It works as an organizer of key processes in a business unit. In addition, after the latest updates have added templates and additional design tools that allow you to innovate in the construction of the flow diagrams.

What do you dislike?

I believe that this tool should contemplate a module of online collaborative work. However, despite this, the operation of this software is perfect and ideal for the process department (IT) in a company.

Recommendations to others considering the product

They could consider doing an application of editing and / or creation of processes and flow diagrams in a collaborative way, that is, several users connected at the same time working in the same file as a common project.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In my daily work, using this tool allows me to have a strategic vision about the processes of my organization, therefore, to identify opportunities for improvement.

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Visio review by Heather L.
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"Wonderful Application"

What do you like best?

I like that it allows for a lot of customizations such as the different backgrounds and designs for the flow charts. I use both of the floor plan and the flow chart functions. I also like that it is intuitive when it comes to connection points (floor plans) as well as connection lines (flow charts).

What do you dislike?

I dislike that it is not set to standard page size defaults and resizing the items can be very clunky - especially on the flow charts. We use these a lot and it can be tedious when trying to resize to the page. The user has to know ahead of time to set the page set up before working and even then, because you don't necessarily know the finished size of your flow chart (or even floor plan when doing it to scale) you usually still have to resize it. I do like that we can do large scale printouts, especially for floor plans, but I don't think that should be the default as most companies would tend to use this for flow charts or process maps.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have to create flow charts or floor plans, definitely check out Visio. It's very user friendly and intuitive (basically just point, click and drag). It has all of the usual standard MS Office features such as the Ribbon which make it easy for the user. I would just highly suggest setting the page dimensions first before getting started to make it much easier when you are finished. Also, it would be good to have good PDF software so that you can send your finished projects to people who may not have Visio on their machines.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use this software a lot for flow charts. We do all of our organizational diagrams as well as for process mapping using Visio and have found it to be MUCH more user friendly than Word or even Publisher or PowerPoint.

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Visio review by Adrian L.
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"Good diagram maker but it doesn't have enough clip art"

What do you like best?

I like the drag and drop of objects and connecting the objects, and it automatically flowing the lines. This is great for making quick diagrams.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that it doesn't have enough clip art objects. Often I search for something and it isn't there and I can't use it in the diagram.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You can drag files into it if you save them from Illustratror as WMF format, and it stays as vector.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Visio to create diagrams and flowcharts. It is quicker than using Adobe Illustrator and it has built-in clip art, so it saves me time.

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Visio review by David S.
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"Un buen comienzo, un mal final"

What do you like best?

Es una buena herramienta para realizar diagramas de flujo para las empresas o personas encargadas de grandes proyectos. Por el desembolso que hay que realizar para comprar la aplicación hay alternativas mejores a un menor coste

What do you dislike?

EL precio es muy elevado para los servicios que proporciona a día de hoy. En un primer momento fue una aplicación que ofrecía un servicio en el campo de la Ingeniería y Arquitectura que cubría el coste que había que realizar. A día de hoy, a no ser que quieras realizar diagramas de flujo o UML Visio no es tú programa

Recommendations to others considering the product

Lo recomendaría para la realización de diagramas de flujo o UML, pero por el coste que conlleva y los servicios que ofrece, considero que existen alternativas gratuitas que ofrecen un rendimiento similar

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Visio es una aplicación muy válida para la creación de diagramas de flujo o UML. Pero no es mejor que otras alternativas existentes y gratuitas para este tipo de funciones. Como por ejemplo: ArgoUML

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Visio review by Amr A.
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"Highly recommended"

What do you like best?

It's one of the most powerful software for diagramming. You can use the ready templates for literally everything in Engineering and you can even create your own shape and save it as template to use it later on.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the connections between lines are not perfect which lower the resolution. I do recommend to increase the resolution of the grid to overcome this issue.

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If you master the way to use it, you will find it the most efficient way to literally create any figure or block diagram.

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I'm creating all the block diagrams needed for my reports and papers. The high resolution figures I got from it are amazing and compatible with Latex so I can use the output directly in my .tex document

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"Powerful tool but hard to use"

What do you like best?

I like how you can divide your project in modules, connect them and find in all of them at the same time, How you can connect and move the modules keeping the integrity of the whole diagram. It has a lot of tools and configurations to use depending on your needs.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that sometimes is really hard to find the options you really need and that there's situations when you try to go back and you just close the whole thing making you lose your progress...

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need to draw beautiful and easy to read flowcharts this is your app, if you need a more complex functionality you'll need more time to manage it at full performance, but I bet that when you manage it properly it can be really powerful.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it to design flowcharts to describe the circuits of execution of the panels that I also design. So I can provide it to my boss and co-workers so they know how to interact with my tools and to know where an issue can be if something goes wrong.

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"Easy to use and user friendly"

What do you like best?

I love this software! Visio allows me to quickly and accurately make flow charts and database diagrams. It is easy to use and inexpensive. I have made flow charts and org charts in MS Word and finds it difficult. Visio is so much easier to use and really caters to my needs.

What do you dislike?

There is nothing i dislike about this software. I have never encountered any issues, technical or otherwise during its use.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would highly recommend this product. I use it regularly and find that it is very user friendly. Compared to some of the other software I use this product is relatively inexpensive costing about $168 for the standard version and $247 for the professional version.

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I typically use this software to create flow charts and database diagrams. I have used it for several years in multiple jobs. Its really a great piece of software for anyone trying to create org charts and flow diagrams.

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Visio review by Phil M.
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Hospital & Health Care
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"Decent software for making network diagrams"

What do you like best?

There are plenty of objects and templates available for making network diagrams.

What do you dislike?

There aren't really any useful links to live data. It would be great if it linked to live network data to make live network diagrams.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need live network diagrams, you should consider another product as this isn't really able to do it.

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We use Visio to plan out network structures. We've benefited from quickly being able to make diagrams, and rearrange/relink objects. It also prints out on large format paper very well, so we can make wall posters.

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Visio review by Matt R.
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"One of the best Microsoft products."

What do you like best?

Visio offers so much and isn't complicated to use. It helps us create network diagrams, floor plans or general diagrams with much ease and always leaves you with a great final product. The built in tools and templates makes it easier with work flow, helping you to create great diagrams far quicker.

What do you dislike?

When creating larger diagrams it can be slower to use and faster computer is required. Sometimes different tools try to do things automatically for you, which doesn't always work well and ends up taking longer to correct. It can be costly, especially if you need it for several users as it isn't part of the standard Office package.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Visio is great product for diagrams, even basic diagrams. Though it offers a lot and can seem overwhelming, it can still be great for small to medium charts, floor plans and diagrams etc. It's easy to use, has a load of built in icons and shapes and will help you create better looking diagrams in no time. You can also import vendor icons and other resources to make the diagram more accurate.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We heavily rely on Visio for all our network and site diagrams. 90% of our paper work has been created with Visio and the ability to export in different formats, helps us share and distribute accordingly.

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Visio review by aubrey c.
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"Visio for Process Flows"

What do you like best?

Visio is an easy and intuitive application to use to create Process, Screen, Decision and other Flows.

There are several libraries to use to locate the needed symbols and the diagrams can be saved in multiple formats to be shared with others.

Also like the linking ability that allows multiply diagrams to be linked together that make presenting easier to the Business Units.

What do you dislike?

There isn't anything that I really dislike, other than not having the ability to access from other computers or laptops. But this is not a really bad issue.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating documentation that allows the Business Units to be able to visualize the process as has been gathered and to see where changes can be made if needed.

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"Visio Makes Creating Organized Flowcharts Easy as Pie"

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I absolutely love how easy and intuitive Visio was to pick up and learn! At first I was nervous to use it since I had never opened or used the program before, but within minutes I was creating flowcharts that looked professional. I find it easy to add in screenshots, or content blocks, change their shape, color code and coordinate them and then connect them using the connector tool. It truly is a tool that anyone can learn with little to no training at all.

What do you dislike?

The only issue i have with the program and dislike about it is that the connector tool can be funky sometimes and not connect to the items you want to connect it too. Otherwise i've found no other issues i dislike about the program.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would highly recommend Visio to any project manager, project coordinator or team that needs to build any type of family tree, flowcharts, decision diagrams or playbooks on a regular basis. It's easy to use and very intuitive for any first-time user.

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We've solved several issues in my organization using this tool, including building a flowchart to help my team and the compliance team i work with to map out a selector tool that helps you figure out what banking product a customer needs. We've also used it to help us map out the onboarding and organization of a digital asset management tool, and what all the files needed were, and where they would live on this new tool. In both cases, we were able to take a very difficult process, and sum it up in a hand and easy to follow flowchart using Visio.

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Visio review by Dan B.
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"A powerful flowcharting tool"

What do you like best?

- Easy to use yet powerful software. Drag/Drop and connect object is straightforward.

- Template library is included

- Integration with MS Office

- Good import and export capabilities

All in all it's a tool that can create pro looking flowcharts fast and with minimal learning curve.

What do you dislike?

Latest version is pricey and not part of the basic office 365

It may be a limitation for some that it is a Windows only application.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are other, some free, flow charting tools but nothing as good and easy to use as Visio. Worth giving it a try if you are looking for a flow diagram software.

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Draw a diagram of ideas or software structure quickly and easily. Comes with all the needed decision/flow shapes in it's template library.

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Visio review by Christopher C.
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"Very easy to use with packed options"

What do you like best?

The best part of visio is how easy it is to use. It's also a very light application that does not require too much memory usage. You can also export in PDF for example, and the printing of the process maps are seamless. No need for multiple reconfoguration to fit within the page. I also love the fact that the layout is like the other Microsoft office apps; common interface that you can jump on right away.

What do you dislike?

Beware, there is no Visio viewer. Thus, you cannot view the file even in a web browser if you do not have Vision on your computer. Other than that, a really good product.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make it part of the regular office suite!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Visio provides a simple way to create process maps with ease of use for any future modifications.

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Visio review by Brigitte Y.
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"Microsoft Visio an Effective Diagramming Tool for a Variety of Purposes"

What do you like best?

Sometimes either after listening to a plan you or your team will need to see a process unfold. That’s where a good diagramming tool can help. Microsoft Visio has been a market leader in this area. Users can choose from a number of templates and incorporate several different shapes. In 2016 Microsoft came out with Office Visio Stencil which has 300 icons that include servers, server roles, applications to help further illustrate a business needs. Visio is a tool that helps small and large businesses. Executives and human resource departments can use it to create organizational charts and floor plans. Project managers can create timelines for the completion of a project. Design team can use it to explain and make prototypes. Departmental teams and individuals can use it for mind mapping. However, I feel that Engineers, IT and architects can benefit from it the most because of the flowcharts, networking, and wireframe templates.

What do you dislike?

While I enjoyed the product, I wouldn’t say it had many downfalls from my experience but many of the activities done in this program could be done in PowerPoint. The only difference is that you have a lot more room and more tools to help you create.

Recommendations to others considering the product

My recommendation when using this product is to not pile too much in the chart, for example don’t go overboard with the shapes. Try to incorporate the most relevant steps in the chart. Start with an outline and then draw out the process on paper with your team before putting it into the computer. This way you can really think about which steps or processes are really significant.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used it to create a sitemap for the Energy Smart Florida website at Florida Power and Light. It was more like a flow diagram. It was a reference to see what documents were missing and to maintain the flow of going from one webpage to the next. Overall, the map was a resource that I posted at my desk and referred to daily to see what content I needed to gather, write and follow up with graphic designers, web designers and IT.

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"Very easy to use"

What do you like best?

I have used Visio Professional and SmartSketch at work. No doubt Visio Professional is more user friendly and efficient. The sketches look very professional and elegant. As a process engineer, I have to draw process flow diagrams and other sketches for my project. Life is so much easier with Visio.

What do you dislike?

I don't like Visio Standard, which lacks all the engineering symbols. Visio Professional is the version I will recommend. There is nothing else I don't like about Visio. Compared to all the other software, Visio is very user friendly and efficient.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Highly recommended for process engineers.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I usually draw process flow diagrams, material selection diagrams, and other sketches for my projects. Visio is by far the most user friendly software for process engineering work.

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"Technical but needs some user-friendly work"

What do you like best?

I like how custom it can be. Visio has the capability to be specific by using actual equipment and engineering symbols or vague by using plain shapes. This is great because we can modify diagrams to the audience whether they are technical or big picture viewers.

What do you dislike?

I dislike how frustrating the connections can be between two or more items. Sometimes the snap on feature will not connect at the correct point and will automatically connect elsewhere on the object. Or the path the connection uses from one object to the next is not as flexible as it should. Lines will hide behind or in front of pictures or objects and will not let the user customize the 90deg angles and lengths of the connection lines.

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What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Visio to visualize networks and layouts of control systems for our customers to better understand our work and what we are doing for them. This also helps new engineers with troubleshooting.

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"Flowchart and Diagram creating tool"

What do you like best?

The single best thing about Microsoft Visio has to be the large amount of templates that are included with it, covering almost any topic you may need from simple flowcharts to complex electrical diagrams.

It is easy to use (but does require a little learning at first - I'd recommend Lynda,com for that).

Other notable features are:

- the good integration with other Office products

- the ability to import/export from many other formats, including autocad

- many print options for exact control of the output (printer)

- works relatively fast of a moderate spec PC

- free viewer is available for users who do not have the full program

What do you dislike?

- price a bit high

- there are free alternative such as Libreoffice Draw (not as powerful)

- no android version (as available for Word, Excel and Powerpoint)

- some learning curve

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need a chart/diagram tool solution which is more powerful than the free options, Visio might be worth a try

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Any type of diagram can be crated using Visio. Good chance you will find the template you are looking for in their extensive library.

I'm using it for security plans diagrams (camera locations, alarms, sensors etc.)

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Visio review by Kali M.
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"Visio - Great program for mapping out flows"

What do you like best?

I've mostly used visio to map out the flow of a customer's order through departments. I liked that you were able to easily customize the flows that you make by utilizing different shapes and arrows. This made it clearer to see what you were trying to get across. Additionally, I liked that the different flowchart shapes were labelled with additional custom shapes for making a flow as unique as you need it to be. The flow lanes made following the pathing and understanding the big picture much easier. The program is also very user friendly. I was able to pick up how to use it without any formal training. I think that my favorite feature was the connectors. The arrows that you were able to place between different flowchart shapes. They clearly defined the route that you wanted to take, and you can even update them to have yes/no paths (or whatever specifictions you want) so that you can account for everything.

What do you dislike?

One thing that I found kind of irritating was when I was trying to transfer information from one flowchart to a separate flowchart (in a new tab/worksheet). You could copy any selection(s) in the flowchart by clicking and dragging your mouse to select a large area or left clicking while holding the CTRL button. Putting identical shapes and flows on a different tab/worksheet was easy, but if you added more shapes than could fit on the original page size, the page size did not increase to fit.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Program is simple to use, especially if you have used other microsoft office programs. Visio is very customizable and has features that are able to help you acheive pretty much anything you are wanting to.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've mostly used visio to map out the flow of a customer's order through departments. It has been extremely useful to map out department processes and from there find out ways to streamline them. Being able to break tasks down to their basic steps and have a detailed view of what needs to happen made it much easier to work on streamlining a process. I think the swimlanes helped the most as we have several different programs that we use. Being able to clearly see which steps were needed in each program was wonderful.

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Visio review by Morgan G.
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"Visio Review"

What do you like best?

The best thing about the Visio program is that it provides a lot of pre-made elements out of the box. This lets you create a diagram or layout extremely quickly if you know what you're doing. My IT guy who, has never used the program, layed out our entire office layout in a day.

What do you dislike?

I feel like there's a lack of tutorials and explanations for Visio. I found this quite odd considering it's a somewhat popular microsoft product. I watch a ton of videos on YouTube to learn and I felt like content is just lacking for this program.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've used Visio to create many layouts. Some of these include, office layouts, network infrastructre, datacenter layout, timeframes, various maps, etc. I use it the most for employee maps on the office floor. That way we know where every employee is sitting, with their phone ext, pc #, and desk number.