Excerpt: Microsoft Office Visio 2003 is the second release of the program since Microsoft bought Visio four years ago. Like the first Microsoft-developed version (Visio 2002), it's available in two editions.
Microsoft's Family Gets a Bit Bigger with Visio 2002
4 October 2009
Excerpt: If you work with diagrams on a regular basis, odds are you're familiar with Microsoft Visio. And whether you use it to create plumbing plans, Web sites, interior decorating designs, or plain old maps, you'll be interested to know that Visio 2002, the first new version since Microsoft bought the...
Conclusion: There is simply no other tool out there like Visio. There are some cheap solutions that try to do the basics, but Visio really takes it to a level that really sets it apart when it comes to multiple categories of visualization and illustration.
Pros: Support for Office Ribbon, Improved productivity with Live Renderings, Improved Accuracy when manipulating, adding and snapping shapes, Better organization and welcome tools for dressing up flowcharts, Improved integration with SharePoint and third party products such as AutoDesk AutoCAD
Cons: Importing complex AutoCAD drawings can result in large files and it lacks some elegance when drawings show up on a page .dwg drawing is very small on the page making it hard to find initially.