A solid diagramming tool from Microsoft
- Attractive interface
- Interactive help
- Integrated into other Office products
- Full editing freedom
- Some templates are old-fashioned
- Limited sharing options
Microsoft no longer offers a trial version of Visio 2010. You can download the Office 2013 trial instead.
Microsoft Visio is a streamlined vector graphic diagramming tool for business and professional use.
With Microsoft Visio, you'll be able to create and share a variety of diagrams, organizational charts, flowcharts, floor plans and even network maps. You can choose from a wide variety of templates to help you get started, modifying as easily as you go thanks to an intuitive ribbon interface and drag & drop capabilities.
Even if you haven't used a tool like Microsoft Visio before, you shouldn't have many problems. As you would expect from a Microsoft product, there's plenty of help and when you first run the program, an interactive guide.
Modifying diagrams created with Microsoft Visio is easy - all aspects are totally modifiable - from both an aesthetic and technical point of view - and you'll be able to insert all kinds of extras, such as hyperlinks, documents and CAD drawings.
To ensure the validity of your diagrams, Microsoft Visio has a Diagram Check function, which will point out all of the possible errors in your document. Ideal for business situations, you'll also be able to share your documents via SharePoint, as well as importing Excel documents and automatically converting them.
Microsoft Visio isn't very flashy, but it is a solid tool for creating diagrams and charts of various kinds.