formerly known as Microsoft Office Visio
, is a commercial
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for Microsoft Windows
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that uses vector graphics
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to create diagrams.
The current version, Microsoft Visio 2010 for Windows, is available in three editions: Standard, Professional and Premium. The Standard and Professional editions both share the same interface, but the latter has additional templates for more advanced diagrams and layouts as well as unique functionality that makes it easy for users to connect their diagrams to a number of data sources and display the information graphically. The Premium edition has three additional diagram types with intelligent rules support, validation and subprocess (diagram breakdown) support.
Due to its proprietary file format, few other programs can read Visio files. However, Visio can read and write files as VDX files. VDX is a XML Schema based ("DatadiagramML") and well documented file format. With VDX it is possible to work with an XML based file format without the need to use the old binary file format VSD. DatadiagramML is supported by many other business process management
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(BPM) tools like Agilian, ARIS Express
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ConceptDraw PROJECT is a project management software package developed by Computer Systems Odessa for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X platforms. It presents projects as Gantt charts with linked tasks, milestones and deadlines. Since 2008 it has been a part of the ConceptDraw Office software...
OmniGraffle is a diagramming application made by The Omni Group. OmniGraffle is built only for Mac OS X and the iPad. It may be used to create diagrams, flow charts, org charts, and illustrations. It features a drag-and-drop WYSIWYG interface...
or IBM WebSphere
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. Omnigraffle Pro on the Mac can read and write Visio files.
Visio began as a standalone product produced by Shapeware Corporation; version 1.0 shipped in 1992. Just before 1.0 shipped, Shapeware Corporation changed their name to Visio Corporation
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to take advantage of market recognition and related product equity. Microsoft acquired Visio in 2000, re-branding it as a Microsoft Office
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application, like Microsoft Project
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; however, it has never been included in any of the Office suites. Microsoft included a Visio for Enterprise Architects edition with some editions of Visual Studio .NET 2003 and Visual Studio 2005.
Along with Microsoft Visio 2002 Professional, Microsoft introduced Visio Enterprise Network Tools and Visio Network Center. Visio Enterprise Network Tools was an add-on product that enabled automated network and directory services diagramming. Visio Network Center was a subscription-based website where users could locate the latest network documentation content and exact-replica network equipment shapes from 500 leading manufacturers. The former has been discontinued, while the latter's shape-finding features are now integrated into the program itself. Visio 2007 was released on November 30, 2006.
Unlike the core Office 2007 applications, Microsoft Visio 2007 did not feature the Ribbon user interface, but Microsoft Visio 2010 does.
- Visio 1.0 (Standard, Lite, Home).
- Visio 2.0
- Visio 3.0
- Visio 4.0 (Standard, Technical)
- Visio 4.1 (Standard, Technical)
- Visio 4.5 (Standard, Professional, Technical)
- Visio 5.0 (Standard, Professional, Technical)
- Visio 2000 (6.0; Standard, Professional, Technical, Enterprise), later updated to SP1 and Microsoft branding after Visio Corporation's acquisition
- Visio 2002 (10.0; Standard, Professional)
- Visio Enterprise Network Tools, Visio Network Center
- Visio for Enterprise Architects 2003 (VEA 2003) (based on Visio 2002 and included with Visual Studio .NET 2003 Enterprise Architect)
- Office Visio 2003 (11.0; Standard, Professional)
- Office Visio for Enterprise Architects 2005 (VEA 2005) (based on Visio 2003 and included with Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite and Team Architect editions)
- Office Visio 2007 (12.0; Standard, Professional).
- Visio 2010 (14.0; Standard ($249.99), Professional ($559.99), Premium ($999.99)
There are no Visio versions 7, 8, or 9, because after Microsoft acquired and branded Visio as a Microsoft Office product, the Visio version numbers followed the Office version numbers. Version 13 was skipped due to superstition
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- Concept map
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- List of concept mapping and mind mapping software
- Comparison of project management software