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Microsoft Office Visio Professional 2013

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Express yourself in diagrams by using Microsoft Office Visio Professional 2013

By Jackson Muoka

On Monday, March 30, 2015

Diagrams are very efficient ways of expressing ideas and information especially on research works or academic papers. However it is a bit challenging to express ideas using diagrams since they are a bit hard to make. However with the invention of Microsoft Office Visio Professional 2013 the process of making diagrams has been made easy. This office tool is specially made to make diagrams and is ideal both for professionals as well as for personal projects including research papers and academic reports.

The trial version of Microsoft Office Visio Professional is available for download for free and has a help section which is very useful in giving more information to users about the program. This program comes with a wide range of templates to give guidelines for better drawing. This program also comes with a vector drawing that allows users to keep accurate sketches of their drawings and one can drag and drop a component of the whole diagram.

This programs follows in the legacy of MS software’s interface which are intuitive and easy to use making it easy to use even for beginners.


  • • Ability to check and correct mistakes from diagrams
  • • Has wide range of templates to guide in drawing
  • • Comes with an intuitive user friendly interface


  • • Only compatible with windows operating systems. .
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The easy way to Create and Share Professional Versatile Diagrams

By Ivy Paloma

On Thursday, April 10, 2014

For many years, I have been using Microsoft Office Visio for work related projects. I can say that it is one of the great tools to make amazing diagrams. One of the key features that I find beneficial is being able to readily use the tools that I access all the time. Other enhancements that were added include new stencils, improved effects, themes and additional shapes.

When working as a team, you can easily manage the task at hand because of the tools incorporated in this new version. I can immediately give and receive feedback from any members of the group through the reviewer comments. Each of the team can provide information needed for the progress of the project. It will make the work done in the least amount of time.

I also recently found this tool called SharePoint that helped me share my work with people who do not have Visio installed in their PC. They can just view the diagrams through the web browser. My diagrams look professionally done when created with Microsoft Office Visio. If you want to check out this program, make sure that you are using Windows 7 or Windows 8 as your operating system.


  • It has a complete chart edition
  • Provides an impressive platform for custom drawing solutions


  • Lots of tools to learn
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By Hande Njr

On Thursday, September 18, 2014

This is an application under the Microsoft office group of applications that has been tailor made specifically for making diagrams for projects. A lot of project managers use this tool in their work, the ability to make bulk work be simple and presented in diagrams that offer quick comprehension even to people who are not conversant with a certain line of professional work has been made possible with this application. It simply works through creating and editing of templates that are in different shapes and styles. If you have used PowerPoint you have had a little experience on a lower scale of what Visio 2013 offers to users.Thus the templates make work easy. It has the provision of having multiple people working on different component of a much complex diagram that can eventually be put together to give the final product to be used for various professional work. It has great themes and effects, plus you can share your diagrams with other people who are not using Visio and they can give their views on the diagram so long as you are on a sharepoint server. This application runs on windows 7, 8 and windows server 2008 R2 or server 2012 with a 1GHz processor and a minimum 1 GB ram on 32 bit or 2 GB on 64 bit. There should be at least 2 GB free on your hard disk.


  • It has been tailor made specifically for making diagrams for projects.
  • It has the provision of having multiple people working on one project.


  • You must have microsoft knowledge to use it.
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For what are you going to use the program?
  • Student learning exercises with MS Excel for illustration purposes such as floor plans which can be inserted into my Excel workbook which bring added value to my project

  • For an assignment at Polytech - working with diagrams and flow charts of different processes from doing excel and access and saying what I did

  • for my classes and learning in my school because the teacher told us to download it as soon as posible so its an academick use and its a really

  • College coarse requires me to use this software to create a data flow diagram. Thank you for posting this it is much easier than dealing with microsoft

  • to draw flow charts and plans for the office projects. It will of more help to use to this application software. The flowcharts are very easy.

What similar programs have you used?
  • no trying first time for work purpose, and need to get some experienc about this software, i think it will help me in my professional career

  • Bonita soft to create diagrams, but it is not like this because it works a lot to used in academical fields to plan production and organizacional processes

  • Hello!My name is Stanislav!I have never used programms like this. I download this program to do some schemes in my diploma in university.Thank you

  • I am beggining to get involved in this process, I haven't used any programs before and have seen at my place of work that they use thi application to work on all the diagram designs that are to be done.

  • Charts programs that have diferents shapes of images that are very difficult yo use and dont work with word, excel or power point ms office 2016

What do you like most about this program?
  • the program is designed to be easily used and can be applied with office work like the easy diagram, floor plan, layout, etc. I need it for creating my map of work

  • Visio 2013 provides new features designed to help you create diagrams more intuitively—including new and updated shapes and stencils, improved effects and themes, and a coauthoring feature that makes teamwork easier.

  • what I like about the program is to create flow charts more easily, likewise expedite the work in maintaining order in some different activities that are required to deal with throughout the process

  • the applications are easy to use and is very powerful. My family and friends enjoy using the various Microsoft application. Most of all it give you what youneed

  • Microsoft vision provides us option to create diagrams and flow charts which looks very pretty. This enables the diagrams we make look very professional

Microsoft Office Visio Professional is an office tool which is specialised on making diagrams easily for your projects.

If you are used to download the tools included in it, this free trial of the ms software won’t be a problem. But just in case the Help section will be very useful for you since it includes complete information about the program. Besides, the first time you open it you’ll find a fine tutorial.

Microsoft Office Visio Professional offers powerful solutions for diagrams. Use it for your own personal projects or for professional reasons, it will be useful for explaining your thoughts and ideas.

This Office utility offers a wide range of templates for you

If you don’t know how you should start a diagram, it offers different templates which would serve as a guideline. Then it is all yours, feel free to display your own ideas into your scheme.

The vector drawing allows you to keep an accurate sketch on your sections. It includes a feature which you can drag & drop each component to organise it the way you need tidily.

Interface and tools

The interface is very similar to other MS software, something that is not strange for usual computer users. In case you are new to this kind of programs, the visual style hides nothing, making it very intuitive in order to keep increase the program’s performance.

This software checks your diagrams to correct some possible mistakes on your projects. This Diagram Check is very useful in case there would be discordances on your drawings.

You can include hyperlinks to your flowcharts to make them more interactive with external information. Select the way you route the main ideas and add macros or include your own projects made on Microsoft Visual Basic Express.


There are more basic alternatives like Gantt Chart that possesses the same finalities as this software. It is similar on its functions but not in its functionality, which makes Microsoft’s one more complete.

Microsoft Office Visio Professional 2013 Features

These are the unique features of this diagramming tool:

  • Access faster to most used tools
  • Updated shapes and themes
  • Improved standards support (Unified Modeling Language 2.4)
  • SharePoint 2010 and 2013 support
  • Improved performance for touchscreen devices, something that, for example, Microsoft Office 2010 Suite did not include
  • Linking options to dynamic data
  • Improved teamwork: users from the same company have the possibility of adding comments at the same time in the same flowchart
  • Office 365 or SharePoint support to share your projects to others even if they don’t have the program installed

For further information, visit the developer's site .


It is a diagram designer powered by CAD features and full of useful tools to make your flowcharts more attractive for your audience.

Some functions are restricted.

  • Variety of uses
  • Macros integration
  • Complete chart edition
  • Sometimes it is tricky to use