Visio

Visio

Diagramming, process modeling & data visualization

4.5/5 (1595 reviews)

Visio Overview

What is 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 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.

Visio Overview

Pricing

Starting from
US$5.00/month

Pricing options

Free Trial
One Time License
Subscription
Value for money

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 Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and 5 others, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America
Supported Languages
Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Dutch and 10 others, English, German, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish

Screenshots

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Visio Reviews

Visio Reviews

Overall rating
4.5
/
5
Excellent
920

Very good
585

Average
82

Poor
2

Terrible
6

Value for Money
4.1
Features
4.4
Ease of Use
4.2
Customer Support
4.1
94% recommended this app
Jody S.

overall review


Andrew P.

Process Development Tool with layers

Visio has helped me take conversations and brainstorming sessions and demonstrate how they would actually work. So often there is a good intention on trying something new, but it is important to get everyone on the same page. This tool has helped do that.

I have also extensively used Visio as a training tool. I will link the diagrams to other portals and tools that we use, so that the workflow document is something of a link aggregator for all the steps involved. This has made the hand-off from training to implementation much easier.


Tony R.

An essential app for every business

Visio is a software that gives you peace of mind because of its consistency and the accuracy of its calculation. It is not too hard to learn and without any preparation you can quickly begin using it.


Chaya W.

Visio – professional in diagram drawing

Visio is one of the tools which is used by most of the people for drawing diagrams and charts. Because of the easiness in drawing and and professional look of the final product this application is more famous in the industry more specifically in IT industry.


Vaibhav S.

Visio- Business Flows

Business Blueprinting- Business Process Flow charts


Jody S.
Industry: Design
Company size: Self Employed

overall review

Used Weekly for 1+ year
Reviewed on 5/10/2019
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

this software as needed, it really helped me when I was designing an application

Cons

I like the software, I don't need high spec specifications and user-friendly appearance

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Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Andrew P.
Industry: Higher Education
Company size: 501-1,000 Employees

Process Development Tool with layers

Used Monthly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 29/7/2019
Review Source: Capterra

Visio has helped me take conversations and brainstorming sessions and demonstrate how they would actually work. So often there is a good intention on trying something new, but it is important to get everyone on the same page. This tool has helped do that.

I have also extensively used Visio as a training tool. I will link the diagrams to other portals and tools that we use, so that the workflow document is something of a link aggregator for all the steps involved. This has made the hand-off from training to implementation much easier.

Pros

I like that I can use Visio to easily demonstrate workflows and process improvement ideas. There is a range of understanding for software like Visio. I do not use it to automate at my place of work, but I use it extensively for visual learners when implementing or discussing new processes, procedures, and ideas. Often I have co-workers take these designs and display them for their team as a physical reminder, others are more intuitive and I work with them to develop interactive workflows (with links, actions, etc.)

Cons

There are some elements to how you design that are not intuitive. I usually spend about 15 minutes with users who download the software to demonstrate how they can make their flows and diagrams. The organization chart is particularly more cumbersome than advertised, but even so, I have users who use it for this purpose. Online resources are sparse as well, and I often am troubleshooting when trying new methods.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

Tony R.
Industry: Design
Company size: 5,001-10,000 Employees

An essential app for every business

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 1/5/2020
Review Source: Capterra

Visio is a software that gives you peace of mind because of its consistency and the accuracy of its calculation. It is not too hard to learn and without any preparation you can quickly begin using it.

Pros

I must admit it truly is one of the greatest software I've ever used. Visio has been there with me from day one from the design of the user interface to the development of almost every diagram. You can't overcome the layering quality of diagrams and images. The database can also be accessed and ER diagrams can be generated. There is also UML that can almost transform into code directly.

Cons

This software is not open to casual consumers when pricing the product lines. The technical edition is almost double the regular edition for some truly valuable feature.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Chaya W.
Industry: Computer Software
Company size: 51-200 Employees

Visio – professional in diagram drawing

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 15/4/2019
Review Source: Capterra

Visio is one of the tools which is used by most of the people for drawing diagrams and charts. Because of the easiness in drawing and and professional look of the final product this application is more famous in the industry more specifically in IT industry.

Pros

Visio has become one of the major applications which is used in drawing diagrams in the industry. Visio has become almost an official tool in diagraming as it is vastly used In most of the companies in creating diagrams related to their business plans and projects. There are various types of diagrams provided through the application . So the users can draw any type of a diagram according to their requirement from the given diagram types. Because of the large number of diagram types provide by the application users’ does not need to search different software to draw different diagrams which saves both the time and money of the user. Visio offers different editions like Standard, professional and pro with particularly improved functions per each edition. Also Visio created diagrams can be imported in another similar diagram drawing software and do further modifications. Even the diagrams drawn by some selected software can be opened through Visio and edit them. Visio offers both desktop and online versions for the users which helps the users to use the product whenever they want wheatear they are connected to internet or not.

Cons

Visio is not a platform independent software. So far Visio is only available for windows operating system. It does not supports mac os or Linux or any other operating system. Which has limited the usage of the application only for the users using windows. Though there are different editions users have to pay for each edition with more facilities. And the price need to be payed seems to be unfair considering the same category applications. Though there is a desktop version in Visio it is not constantly updated. Updates are available for the desktop version within few years time period. So it is bit difficult to work with the desktop version.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 7.0/10

Vaibhav S.
Industry: Information Technology & Services
Company size: 10,001+ Employees

Visio- Business Flows

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 6/5/2020
Review Source: Capterra

Business Blueprinting- Business Process Flow charts

Pros

Very easy and user friendly to create business flow diagrams. Subsequent changes are also very easy. Very less time is spent on formatting and thus quality time is spent on the actual content instead of worrying about the look/feel. Very complex flow diagrams also seem easy to create ad understand with Visio

Cons

In my experience, I really have not found any flaws in the software. May be as an improvement can include some more images etc that can be used to make the flows more effective and appealing

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

User recommendation
8.5/10
Based on 1,595 user ratings
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Visio Pricing

Visio Pricing

Starting from
US$5.00/month
Free Trial
One Time License
Subscription
Value for money

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 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).

Value for Money
4.1/5
Based on 1,595 user ratings
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Visio Features

Visio Features

API
Access Control
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Alerts / Escalation
Auditing
Automatic Notifications
Collaboration Tools
Compliance Management
Data Import/Export
Data Visualisation
Drag & Drop Interface
Monitoring
Permission Management
Real Time Data
Real Time Monitoring
Reporting & Statistics
Third Party Integration
User Management
Workflow Management
Features
4.4/5
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Additional information for Visio

Additional information for Visio

Key features of Visio

  • Ability to import DWG files into Visio
  • AutoConnect functionality
  • Brainstorming diagrams
  • Business process diagrams
  • Context-sensitive Help and links to task-specific templates
  • Contextual right-click menus
  • Easy diagram sharing through a web browser
  • Easy shape customization
  • Easy-to-apply themes to create modern diagrams quickly
  • Link Diagram shapes to data
  • No-code dashboards
  • Shape effect options—shadow, bevel, glow, and others

Benefits

• 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.

Visio FAQs

Visio FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Visio.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Visio offer?

Visio offers the following pricing plans:

Starting from: US$5.00/month

Pricing model: One Time License, 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).

Q. What are the main features of Visio?

Visio offers the following features:

  • Ability to import DWG files into Visio
  • AutoConnect functionality
  • Brainstorming diagrams
  • Business process diagrams
  • Context-sensitive Help and links to task-specific templates
  • Contextual right-click menus
  • Easy diagram sharing through a web browser
  • Easy shape customization
  • Easy-to-apply themes to create modern diagrams quickly
  • Link Diagram shapes to data
  • No-code dashboards
  • Shape effect options—shadow, bevel, glow, and others

Q. Who are the typical users of Visio?

Visio has the following typical customers:

Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Small Business

Q. What languages does Visio support?

Visio supports the following languages:

Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Dutch, English, German, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish

Q. What type of pricing plans does Visio offer?

Visio has the following pricing plans:

One Time License, Subscription

Q. Does Visio support mobile devices?

Visio supports the following devices:

iPhone, iPad

Q. What other apps does Visio integrate with?

Visio integrates with the following applications:

AxisTV, Digital Enterprise Suite, Lucidchart, Microsoft OneDrive, The VIP Test Modeller, netTerrain Logical

Q. What level of support does Visio offer?

Visio offers the following support options:

FAQs, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support