Visio

Diagramming, process modeling & data visualization

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Visio Overview

What is Visio?

Microsoft Visio is a cloud-based flowchart and diagram creation tool, designed to aid collaboration and connect real-time data with business workflows. The platform enables communication of complex information through data-linked diagrams, flowcharts, org charts, floor plans, and more. Visio offers a range of pre-built templates that can be modified and customized depending on business needs. Visio can be used for data visualization, brainstorming, UML diagram creation, org chart creation, process mapping, IT network mapping, and more. The Visio stencil functionality allows users to create commonly used shape stencils to speed up the creation of drawings and professional diagrams.

The Visio platform allows users to collaborate on diagrams and workflows in order to gather insights from all team members and stakeholders. Changes can be made by individuals and synchronized in real time, in-app commenting can be enabled in order to provide feedback, and diagrams can be shared amongst teams within the cloud using links or downloads. Flowcharts and diagrams can be connected to real-time data sources in order to create visualizations, and diagrams can be embedded into Power BI dashboards using Visio Visual.

In order to aid with brainstorming and project planning, Visio offers ready-to-use templates based around brainstorming techniques such as fishbone diagrams and SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analyses.

Visio Overview

Pricing

Starting from
US$5,00/month

Pricing options

Free Trial
One Time License
Subscription
Value for money

Visio Online Plan 1: $5/user/month (billed annually) or $6/user/month (billed monthly).
Visio Online Plan 2: $15/user/month (billed annually) or $18/user/month (billed monthly).


Visio Features

Devices
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Markets
United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, China and 5 others, India, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Mexico
Supported Languages
Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Dutch and 10 others, English, German, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish

Media

Visio flowchart creation
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Visio real-time data integration
Visio custom design
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Visio Reviews

Visio Reviews

Overall rating
4,5
/
5
Excellent
983

Very good
612

Average
88

Poor
3

Terrible
6

Value for Money
4,1
Features
4,4
Ease of Use
4,2
Customer Support
4,1
94% recommended this app
Michael K.

The tool for visual mathematicians

I love it for the purpose it was intended for. I don't think I could find anything better. Most of the time I have nothing but good things to say about this product. Just don't let yourself get in a spot where you need to write your own code to generate your charts automatically because the API and help for it would require another degree just for this product.


Andrew P.

Process Development Tool with layers

Visio has helped me take conversations and brainstorming sessions and demonstrate how they would actually work. So often there is a good intention on trying something new, but it is important to get everyone on the same page. This tool has helped do that.

I have also extensively used Visio as a training tool. I will link the diagrams to other portals and tools that we use, so that the workflow document is something of a link aggregator for all the steps involved. This has made the hand-off from training to implementation much easier.


Verified Reviewer

Visio Tech Drawing

Overall the software experience is easy to get up and going and share designs with a team or on awiki web page.


Chaya W.

Visio – professional in diagram drawing

Visio is one of the tools which is used by most of the people for drawing diagrams and charts. Because of the easiness in drawing and and professional look of the final product this application is more famous in the industry more specifically in IT industry.


Josh J.

The gold standard of diagram software

Excellent. It would be hard to perform my daily routine without it.


Michael K.
Industry: Tobacco
Company size: 501-1 000 Employees

The tool for visual mathematicians

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2020/06/13
Review Source: Capterra

I love it for the purpose it was intended for. I don't think I could find anything better. Most of the time I have nothing but good things to say about this product. Just don't let yourself get in a spot where you need to write your own code to generate your charts automatically because the API and help for it would require another degree just for this product.

Pros

It can connect to a wide range of data sources to present data in your charts. It has a wide range of abilities through the various add-ons and tools. The range of standard drawing objects is huge and you can create your own if you know what you are doing.

Cons

It sucks for trying to program against it. Every drawing object has its own properties, methods and behaviors. It is a real nightmare if you need to integrate it into an automation system. The only one I have found that might be worse is Outlook and that would depend on what you were doing.

Rating breakdown

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Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Andrew P.
Industry: Higher Education
Company size: 501-1 000 Employees

Process Development Tool with layers

Used Monthly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/07/29
Review Source: Capterra

Visio has helped me take conversations and brainstorming sessions and demonstrate how they would actually work. So often there is a good intention on trying something new, but it is important to get everyone on the same page. This tool has helped do that.

I have also extensively used Visio as a training tool. I will link the diagrams to other portals and tools that we use, so that the workflow document is something of a link aggregator for all the steps involved. This has made the hand-off from training to implementation much easier.

Pros

I like that I can use Visio to easily demonstrate workflows and process improvement ideas. There is a range of understanding for software like Visio. I do not use it to automate at my place of work, but I use it extensively for visual learners when implementing or discussing new processes, procedures, and ideas. Often I have co-workers take these designs and display them for their team as a physical reminder, others are more intuitive and I work with them to develop interactive workflows (with links, actions, etc.)

Cons

There are some elements to how you design that are not intuitive. I usually spend about 15 minutes with users who download the software to demonstrate how they can make their flows and diagrams. The organization chart is particularly more cumbersome than advertised, but even so, I have users who use it for this purpose. Online resources are sparse as well, and I often am troubleshooting when trying new methods.

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Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

Verified Reviewer
Industry: Insurance
Company size: 51-200 Employees

Visio Tech Drawing

Used Monthly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2020/09/08
Review Source: Capterra

Overall the software experience is easy to get up and going and share designs with a team or on awiki web page.

Pros

The ease of use, since it uses Microsoft conventions in the tool bar. Features like the drag and drop also ability to add other vendors information to the application.

Cons

Could be an issues sometimes exporting to another browser for all of the microsoft features in an mht file export or html, for interactive web view (clickable document).

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Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend: 7.0/10

Chaya W.
Industry: Computer Software
Company size: 51-200 Employees

Visio – professional in diagram drawing

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/04/15
Review Source: Capterra

Visio is one of the tools which is used by most of the people for drawing diagrams and charts. Because of the easiness in drawing and and professional look of the final product this application is more famous in the industry more specifically in IT industry.

Pros

Visio has become one of the major applications which is used in drawing diagrams in the industry. Visio has become almost an official tool in diagraming as it is vastly used In most of the companies in creating diagrams related to their business plans and projects. There are various types of diagrams provided through the application . So the users can draw any type of a diagram according to their requirement from the given diagram types. Because of the large number of diagram types provide by the application users’ does not need to search different software to draw different diagrams which saves both the time and money of the user. Visio offers different editions like Standard, professional and pro with particularly improved functions per each edition. Also Visio created diagrams can be imported in another similar diagram drawing software and do further modifications. Even the diagrams drawn by some selected software can be opened through Visio and edit them. Visio offers both desktop and online versions for the users which helps the users to use the product whenever they want wheatear they are connected to internet or not.

Cons

Visio is not a platform independent software. So far Visio is only available for windows operating system. It does not supports mac os or Linux or any other operating system. Which has limited the usage of the application only for the users using windows. Though there are different editions users have to pay for each edition with more facilities. And the price need to be payed seems to be unfair considering the same category applications. Though there is a desktop version in Visio it is not constantly updated. Updates are available for the desktop version within few years time period. So it is bit difficult to work with the desktop version.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 7.0/10

Josh J.
Industry: Information Technology & Services
Company size: 2-10 Employees

The gold standard of diagram software

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2020/09/29
Review Source: Capterra

Excellent. It would be hard to perform my daily routine without it.

Pros

When it comes to creating an active directory topology, server layout, rack diagram, essentially any type of IT related visualization, Visio is the go to tool.

Cons

More templates could be builtin. More automation and integration with third party applications. Otherwise it is perfect.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

User recommendation
8,5/10
Based on 1 692 user ratings
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Visio Pricing

Visio Pricing

Starting from
US$5,00/month
Free Trial
One Time License
Subscription
Value for money

Visio Online Plan 1: $5/user/month (billed annually) or $6/user/month (billed monthly).
Visio Online Plan 2: $15/user/month (billed annually) or $18/user/month (billed monthly).

Visio Online Plan 1: $5/user/month (billed annually) or $6/user/month (billed monthly).
Visio Online Plan 2: $15/user/month (billed annually) or $18/user/month (billed monthly).

Value for Money
4,1/5
Based on 1 692 user ratings
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Visio Features

Visio Features

API
Access Control
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Alerts / Escalation
Auditing
Automatic Notifications
Collaboration Tools
Compliance Management
Data Import/Export
Data Visualization
Drag & Drop Interface
Monitoring
Real Time Data
Real Time Monitoring
Reporting & Statistics
Search Functionality
Third Party Integration
User Management
Workflow Management
Features
4,4/5
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Additional information for Visio

Additional information for Visio

Key features of Visio

  • Ability to import DWG files into Visio
  • AutoConnect functionality
  • Brainstorming diagrams
  • Business process diagrams
  • Context-sensitive Help and links to task-specific templates
  • Contextual right-click menus
  • Easy diagram sharing through a web browser
  • Easy shape customization
  • Easy-to-apply themes to create modern diagrams quickly
  • Link Diagram shapes to data
  • No-code dashboards
  • Shape effect options—shadow, bevel, glow, and others

Benefits

• Create org charts, flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, engineering designs, and more using Visio’s drag and drop editor.

• Collaborate on diagrams and flows using tools such as in-app commenting, annotations, and real-time sharing via web links, attachments, or PDF.

• Use pre-built templates based on specific use-cases in order to quickly build and customize workflows or visualizations.

• Integrate Visio with Power BI and embed flowcharts or diagrams into Power BI dashboards in order to provide more data insights.

• Connect Visio with real-time data sources and diagrams will automatically update when data is changed at the source.

Visio FAQs

Visio FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Visio.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Visio offer?

Visio offers the following pricing plans:

Starting from: US$5,00/month

Pricing model: One Time License, Subscription

Free Trial: Available

Visio Online Plan 1: $5/user/month (billed annually) or $6/user/month (billed monthly). Visio Online Plan 2: $15/user/month (billed annually) or $18/user/month (billed monthly).

Q. What are the main features of Visio?

Visio offers the following features:

  • Ability to import DWG files into Visio
  • AutoConnect functionality
  • Brainstorming diagrams
  • Business process diagrams
  • Context-sensitive Help and links to task-specific templates
  • Contextual right-click menus
  • Easy diagram sharing through a web browser
  • Easy shape customization
  • Easy-to-apply themes to create modern diagrams quickly
  • Link Diagram shapes to data
  • No-code dashboards
  • Shape effect options—shadow, bevel, glow, and others

Q. Who are the typical users of Visio?

Visio has the following typical customers:

Small Business, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business

Q. What languages does Visio support?

Visio supports the following languages:

Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Dutch, English, German, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish

Q. What type of pricing plans does Visio offer?

Visio has the following pricing plans:

One Time License, Subscription

Q. Does Visio support mobile devices?

Visio supports the following devices:

iPhone, iPad

Q. What other apps does Visio integrate with?

Visio integrates with the following applications:

AxisTV, Digital Enterprise Suite, Lucidchart, Microsoft OneDrive, The VIP Test Modeller, netTerrain Logical

Q. What level of support does Visio offer?

Visio offers the following support options:

Knowledge Base, Online Support, FAQs, Phone Support