About 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.

Pricing starting from:

USD 5.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Key benefits of Visio

• 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.

Devices

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Markets

Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, United Kingdom, India, Japan, Mexico, United States

Supported Languages

Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English, German, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, zh-hant

Pricing starting from:

USD 5.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Top 5 alternatives to Visio

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Features

Total features of Visio: 62

  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Auto Update
  • Business Process Automation
  • Charting
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Color Codes/Icons
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Commercial Properties
  • Customisable Dashboard
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Visualization
  • Design Management
  • Diagramming
  • Document Embedding
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • Employee Photos
  • Equipment Management
  • Feedback Management
  • File Management
  • File Sharing
  • Flowchart
  • For Schools
  • Freehand Sketch
  • Graphical Workflow Editor
  • Hierarchical Mapping
  • Ideation
  • Incident Management
  • Inspection Management
  • Interactive Elements
  • Inventory Control
  • Map Exporting
  • Mind Maps
  • Mobile Access
  • Multi-Language
  • Network Diagram
  • No-Code
  • Organizational Charting
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Process Change Tracking
  • Process Modeling & Designing
  • Publishing / Sharing
  • Real Time Data
  • Relational Display
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Residential Properties
  • Revision History
  • Room Scheduling
  • Search/Filter
  • Space Management
  • Task Management
  • Template Management
  • Templates
  • Text to Chart
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Version Control
  • Visitor Management
  • Visual Discovery
  • Workflow Management

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5
(1,946)
Value for Money
4.1/5
Features
4.4/5
Ease of Use
4.2/5
Customer Support
4.1/5

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Traci C.
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Easy and simple diagram

Reviewed on 02/12/2021

It gives my presentations with diagrams and graphs a unique appearance and helps me understand the...

It gives my presentations with diagrams and graphs a unique appearance and helps me understand the processes when they are more complicated since I can elaborate them by threads or by parts. Its templates are versatile so when I draw it is easy and I can communicate with my colleagues by messaging from this tool. I can save everything in the cloud.

Pros

A variety of diagrams can be drawn with this software including flow charts, organization charts, construction and floor plans, data diagrams among many. Automatically generate org charts from data sources such as Excel, Exchange, or Azure Active Directory. Simple or complicated diagrams can be made quickly and easily. It has a stencil gallery to determine the items in a room for example. It allows you to preview bone to see what the fonts and diagrams will be like before running it with the option to modify it by another tool.

Cons

you need to understand the program well to use it well. It is paid and its license is expensive ranging from $ 290 to $ 580. Their service to users is poor. It is not compatible with other operating systems only Microsoft. Their updates are not periodic since they take up to 3 years to make an improvement. It can throw errors during its installation and takes up a lot of hard disk space.

Bed prakash D.
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  • Industry: Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Best design and drawing tools for all Business

Reviewed on 15/12/2021

I am using Visio from my college. I use Visio on my every projects and assignments that required...

I am using Visio from my college. I use Visio on my every projects and assignments that required design and drawing. My first preference is Visio and if visio unable to complete my requirements then I useAutoCAD.

Pros

Visio is one of the best products design by Microsoft. Specially I am using visio for my electical work like circuit design, floor electical installation model, machine flow analysis etc. I am 200% satisfied and always love to use for similar projects.

Cons

There is no demerites as far I know. It ia simple to use, though some features are not avaialble while comparing with CAD but it is ok in this price. Overall it has limited features but with excellent quality.

Alternatives Considered

AutoCAD

Reasons for Choosing Visio

AutoCAD takes too long to load and takes time to desing. I am using Visio as far as possible and if Visio fails then only I use CAD.

Switched From

AutoCAD

Reasons for Switching to Visio

Deu to its simple and user friendly interface, I choose Visio.
Timo T.
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Monthly for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 5.0 /10

Visio Review

Reviewed on 13/01/2022

we have been able to very efficiently pre plan and rent out our conference rooms and banquet rooms,...

we have been able to very efficiently pre plan and rent out our conference rooms and banquet rooms, everything can be preplanned exactly with table setups, adding in buffets and squeezing out every bit of space needed beforehand

Pros

once everything is set up, it is fairly easy to use although there is a lot of setup needed. We use Visio as a tool to map out and arrange conference rooms / banquet halls, and if set up correctly, it is a mighty tool

Cons

you want to use this efficiently, you have to put in the work first. Measurements need to be exact for every shape, be it a chair, or a table, or a door or window, for our use there is not really templates we can just download from the web

José eduardo A.
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Monthly for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Visio - La Herramienta de Diseño para la mediana empresa

Reviewed on 06/11/2021

Mi Experiencia es excelente, es el software de precio medio que realmente es útil en las pequeñas y...

Mi Experiencia es excelente, es el software de precio medio que realmente es útil en las pequeñas y medianas empresas para realizar sus proyectos y diseños, que no requieren diseños asistidos complejos.

Pros

La diversa funcionalidad con que cuenta y sus herramientas, ya que aparte de contar con las herramientas de toda la vida (las de Microsoft Office) como iconos, formas, textos, etc. cuenta con gráficos propios de diseños vectoriales aplicados a cada área de diseño como electricidad, diagramas, gestión de proyectos, etc. Siendo de fácil e intuitivo uso.

Cons

Que es un poco compleja la creación de nuevos símbolos personalizados a escala que me permitan crear modelos nuevos y adaptables a las necesidades que uno requiere.

Alternatives Considered

CorelDRAW

Reasons for Switching to Visio

Por la facilidad de uso al ser derivado de Microsoft, y la sencillez de la diagramación e implementación de diseños.
Kirk H.
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  • Industry: Insurance
  • Company size: 201-500 Employees
  • Used Monthly for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Make processes visual

Reviewed on 22/12/2021

Mostly for internal use but have also adapted diagrams for customer-facing uses.

Mostly for internal use but have also adapted diagrams for customer-facing uses.

Pros

Visio make it easy for complex workflows to be displayed visually.

Cons

Sometimes when a user begins mapping a process that turns out to be more complex than initially expected, accommodating the added complexity can be time consuming to make the process visually easy-to-understand.

Alternatives Considered

MindMeister

Reasons for Switching to Visio

Familiar interface. Easier ability to store files as desired.
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Visio FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Visio.

Visio offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: USD 5.00/month
  • Pricing model: Free Version, 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).

Visio has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001+

Visio supports the following languages:

Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English, German, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, zh-hant

Visio supports the following devices:

Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

Visio integrates with the following applications:

OneDrive

Visio offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, Chat

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