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Microsoft Office Visio makes it easy for IT and business professionals to visualize, explore, and communicate complex information. Go from complicated text and tables that are hard to understand to Visio diagrams that communicate information at a glance. Instead of static pictures, create data-connected Visio diagrams that display data, are easy to refresh, and dramatically increase your productivity.
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It is good, but due to not using a standard filetype that can be opened in a good way by other programs it should be avoided. Switched to draw.io
Each liscense is several hundred dollars
Its very slow to learn how to use visio and do many tasks
I highly suggesting using draw.io
A new visio alternative for Mac is available. I used edraw max lifetime license for some years. Today I'm glad that I got the mac version. It's really a good choice for IOS users. The software has more examples and templates. The symbols tools is important for me because I need create own electrical symbols. They also give great support which is important.
I like Visio and wish it supported GraphML
yEd does and it's free.
yEd should be in your list!
SmartDraw offers a solid alternative to Visio. It imports both VSDX and VSD files. It has a desktop PC edition and you can also use it online in a browser. The Cloud edition lets you do what you used to do in Visio on your Mac: make flowcharts, network diagrams, and so on.
It also comes with a big collection of diagram templates, examples, and symbols. It may seem overwhelming at first, but anyone who needs a little nudge to help get a project off the ground is going to love all the options.
The tools are intuitive and are meant to make it easy to create a diagram even if you've never made one before.
This video on their site does a really nice job of highlighting the major differences:
Have a look to ADONIS Community Edition: is a free version of the commercial software ADONIS from the BOC Group. You can model process maps, flowcharts, organigrams, attach information regarding documents, systems, risks, etc.
It provides full support for BPMN 2.0 and advanced mechanisms such as process simulation, queries and web documentation.
I am trying to find a way to convert .vsd files that were created with Visio 2013 to Adonis .adl; however, I am not able to use the online visio converter since it requires a .vdx file which I'm finding out is no longer supported by Microsoft Visio 2013. How have others overcome this challenge?
CrossOver by CodeWeavers allows Mac and Linux users to install Visio 2007.
To learn more check out the CrossOver Community page for installing Visio 2007: http://www.codeweavers.com/via/visio2007
Still AFAIK, is the best 2D diagramming tool available (and I have use it extensively). Unfortunately, there's still that damn proprietary lock-in and the price tag seems to be growing a lot faster than most/all of the other Microsoft's products. Hopefully Google will come out with something one of these days to create some competition because the cost makes it not 'worth it' to upgrade.
Also check out Diagram Designer, for Windows. Another nice alternative to Visio.
Students and staff at an educational institute can get the Microsoft Office Visio Professional 2007 package for only £36.95 here >> http://www.microsoft.com/student/discounts/theultimatesteal-uk/default.aspx <<