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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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Create and share professional-looking diagrams and flowcharts in an instant

By Isay Almenanza

On Monday, May 19, 2014

Thanks to Microsoft for making this software. Now I can easily share and create professional, multipurpose diagrams that simplify complicated data. And with this release some functions are updated including the shapes, styles and templates. It also added some features like engineering diagrams and stencils for business.

Visio Professional 2013 is the ideal tool for IT and business professionals that are always confronted with problems with their diagrams. This program is a very powerful tool that can create handy and very professional-looking diagrams that allow sharing of information via SharePoint quickly and with a large number of spectators.

By using some options like themes, effects, formatting and designing options, you can now easily enhance the output of your diagrams. And if you want to improve the visual impact of your data you can use some tools which are included with this application such as colors, graphs, symbols and Icons. Now you can easily create and share informative diagrams and flowcharts in an instant.


  • Easily make diagrams and flowcharts
  • Allows sharing of output data


  • Some tools are quite confusing
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A More Intuitive Planning Tool for Constructing Diagrams and Flowcharts

By Reinalei Jamir

On Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Microsoft Office Visio Pro is an effective diagramming software with newly updated stencils. It assists me in creating diagrams and flowcharts more intuitively. This software helps me to simplify complicated information through plain, easy to figure out charts. There are also remarkable tools in this software that can generate your outline process conveniently.

This software also improved its support for group teamwork, including the capability for various users like me to operate on a particular chart at the same time, and the capacity to connect diagrams to data. With Visio Pro, you can construct a document, a business process, organizational chart or even draw a floor plan.

Despite having flaws on some of its tools, Visio Pro 2013 for me remains the top contender and a fine pick in diagram and flowchart application. This software has always been all right, but this version is much refined. If you are looking for a software for design planning documentation, then this is the one you need. It is a very creative tool for you.


  • It enhances support for team cooperation
  • Additional stencils for business diagrams


  • Some tools might be confusing
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For what are you going to use the program?
  • use to engineering technical ex.write piping process, fish bone diagram, electrical process and reliably create flowchart, mind maps, org chart etc.

  • for preparing ppt which is going to be presented in meeting organized by DST under Scheme for young Scientist & Technologist, ministry of India

  • Im gonna use it for my research paper. Now im just writing random words to complete the required number of characters. Man that's too long atleast now its over

  • for a plant layout of hydrogen production from steam reforming of natural gas. the methane contains no sulphur so there would be no desulphu

  • for Internship for value stream mapping of the process as it gives a professional look to work with Visio. the flowcharts and other features makes it easy to very presentable

What similar programs have you used?
  • I have not used this program before. Hence, I look for the free software to download for helping my working at an auditor i.e. draw flowchart

  • I have not used any programs yet, oh maybe I used Microsoft Professional 2013 at my laptop and Personal Computer, but not from others brands

  • I am using different kind of programs for example excel, power point, word and other types that are using in the chemical industry that is all

  • Microsoft Word, excel, powerpoint and thats about it. But i am certified in all three of those so it shouldnt be too hard to use this program

  • 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.

What do you like most about this program?
  • This program is good. It helps you a lot while creating documents and presentations.Good for people. Persons who are working on presales / consulting

  • To be able to use microsoft office visio professional 2013 temporarily and see how it is by drawing plans for my university work. if it works, will definitely buy it

  • Its capacity to make easlily complex diagrams of any kinds and the multiple templates that are available that correspond to the several needs

  • useful for most project drawings very professional and user freindlycolourful tools that makes your design look attractiver to the intended audience

  • i use to draw operation process and other category! Before time, i use old version 2010 so, nearly some co-worker sent to me file visio 2013.

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