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. The Standard edition ($199 direct) is for general business users and comes with shapes for flowcharts, organization charts, project schedules, maps, and the like.
Microsoft's Family Gets a Bit Bigger with Visio 2002
6 October 2012
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 program last January, is now available as a beta online ($7.95 direct, www.microsoft.com/office/visio). A final release is slated to hit shelves on May 31.
Conclusion: It’s clear that Microsoft Visio 2002 is a winner! The latest version of Microsoft’s diagramming solution sets the bar very high letting users build more visually impacting diagrams. The software is more integrated with the rest of the Microsoft Office XP suite while being more available and more maintainable than before.
Pros: Totally Integrated with Office XP,, Office Task Pane,, New Shapes,, Ability to retrieve new shapes on the web,, Enhanced Drawing Engine.
Cons: Heavy,, No Support for the Office clipboard,, Very Slow When Editing Visio Documents from Word,, Expensive.
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. Visio 2010’s major strength is its automation and ease of use in addition to its support across a wide variety of scenarios, which includes organizational and networking making it a powerful tool for a variety of scenarios.
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.