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Microsoft Visio

2 History

Microsoft Visio (/vzi.o/ VIZ-zee-oh) (formerly Microsoft Oce Visio) is a diagramming and vector graphics application and is part of the Microsoft Oce family.
The product was rst introduced in 1992, made by the
Shapeware corporation. It was acquired by Microsoft in

Visio began as a standalone product produced by Shapeware Corporation; version 1.0 shipped in 1992. A prerelease, Version 0.92, was distributed free on a oppy
disk along with a Microsoft Windows systems readiness evaluation utility. In 1995, Shapeware Corporation
changed their name to Visio Corporation to take advantage of market recognition and related product equity.[9]
Microsoft acquired Visio in 2000, re-branding it as a
Microsoft Oce application. Like Microsoft Project,
however, it has never been included in any of the Oce
suites. Microsoft included a Visio for Enterprise Architects edition with some editions of Visual Studio .NET
2003 and Visual Studio 2005.[10]


Microsoft makes Visio 2013 for Windows available in

two editions: Standard and Professional. The Standard
and Professional editions share the same interface, but
the Premium edition has additional templates for more
advanced diagrams and layouts, as well as capabilities intended to make it easy for users to connect their diagrams
to data sources and to display their data graphically.[2][3]
The Premium edition features three additional diagram
types, as well as intelligent rules, validation, and subprocess (diagram breakdown).[4] Visio Professional is
also oered as an additional component of an Oce365

Along with Microsoft Visio 2002 Professional, Microsoft

introduced Visio Enterprise Network Tools and Visio
Network Center. Visio Enterprise Network Tools was
an add-on product that enabled automated network and
directory services diagramming. Visio Network Center was a subscription-based website where users could
locate the latest network documentation content and
exact-replica network equipment shapes from 500 leadDatabase modeling in Visio revolves around a Database ing manufacturers.[11] The former has been discontinModel Diagram (DMD).[6]
ued, while the latters shape-nding features are now integrated into the program itself.[12] Visio 2007 was released
on November 30, 2006.


File formats

Microsoft Visio adopted ribbons in its user interface

in Visio 2010.[13] Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint,
Visio 2010 and earlier versions read and write drawings Access and Outlook (to some extents) had already
in VSD or VDX le formats. All of the previous versions adopted the ribbon with the release of Microsoft Oce
of Visio used VSD, the proprietary binary-le format. 2007.[14]
VDX is a well-documented XML Schema-based (DatadiagramML) format.
Visio 2013 drops support for writing VDX les in fa- 2.1 Versions
vor of the new VSDX and VSDM le formats.[7] Created
Visio v1.0 (Standard, Lite, Home)
based on Open Packaging Conventions (OPC) standard
(ISO 29500, Part 2), a VSDX or VSDM le consists of
Visio v2.0
a group of XML les archived inside a Zip le.[7] VSDX
Visio v3.0
and VSDM les dier only in that VSDM les may con[7]
tain macros. Since these les are susceptible to macro
Visio v4.0 (Standard, Technical)
virus infection, the program enforces strict security on
Visio v4.1 (Standard, Technical)
Visio v4.5 (Standard, Professional, Technical)

While VSD les use LZW-like lossless compression,

VDX is not compressed. Hence, a VDX le typically
take up 3 to 5 times more storage. VSDX and VSDM
les use the same compression as Zip les. Visio 2010
and earlier use VSD by default. Visio 2013s default is

Visio v5.0 (Standard, Professional, Technical)

Visio 2000 (v6.0; Standard, Professional, Technical,
Enterprise) later updated to SP1 and Microsoft
branding after Visio Corporations acquisition

Visio 2002 (v10.0; Standard, Professional)
Visio for Enterprise Architects 2003 (VEA
2003) based on Visio 2002 and included with
Visual Studio .NET 2003 Enterprise Architect
Oce Visio 2003 (v11.0; Standard, Professional)
Oce Visio for Enterprise Architects 2005
(VEA 2005) based on Visio 2003 and included with Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite
and Team Architect editions

[5] Compare Visio Versions. Microsoft.

[6] Filev, Andrew (2005). Professional UML Using Visual
Studio .Net. John Wiley & Sons. p. 276. ISBN
9780764558757. Retrieved 2012-12-12. The cornerstone of the Visio Data POroject will be the Database
Model Diagram (DMD). [...] The DMD is mainly an Entity Relationship (ER) diagram with project management
[7] Whats new for Visio 2013 developers. MSDN. Microsoft. 16 July 2012. New le format. Retrieved 31
March 2013.

Oce Visio 2007 (v12.0; Standard, Professional)

[8] Check for macros that might contain viruses. Visio

Help. Microsoft. Retrieved 6 April 2013.

Visio 2010 (v14.0; Standard, Professional, Premium)

[9] The History of Visio. Retrieved 9 September 2012.

Visio 2013 (v15.0; Standard, Professional)

[10] History of Visio. MVPS.

[11] Press release. Microsoft. 2001-05-01.

There are no Visio versions 7, 8, or 9, because after Mi[12] Outils de rseau Visio Enterprise produit abandonn".
crosoft acquired and branded Visio as a Microsoft Oce
product, the Visio version numbers followed the Oce
version numbers. Version 13 was skipped.
[13] Whats New in Visio 2010 for Automation Developers.
Visio does not have a Mac OS X version.

MSDN. Microsoft. The ribbon. Retrieved 31 March 2013.

In 7 May 2001, Microsoft introduced Visio Enterprise [14] Use the Ribbon instead of toolbars and menus.
Microsoft Oce website. Microsoft. 2007. Archived
Network Tools (VENT), an add-on for Visio 2002 schedfrom the original on 31 March 2013. Retrieved 31 March
uled for release on 1 July 2001, and Visio Network
Center, a subscription-based web service for IT professionals who use Microsoft Visio for computer network [15] Microsoft Visio Enterprise Network Tools and Visio
diagramming.[15] VENT was discontinued on 1 July 2002
Network Center Debut at NetWorld+Interop. News Cenbecause of very low customer demand.[16]
ter. Las Vegas: Microsoft. 7 May 2001. Retrieved 31
March 2013.

See also

[16] Visio Enterprise Network Tools product discontinued.

Support. Microsoft. 27 July 2006. Retrieved 31 March

Concept map

5 Further reading

List of concept- and mind-mapping software
Comparison of project management software
Comparison of network diagram software


[1] Update 2878322 for Visio 2013 June 10, 2014. Microsoft. Retrieved 6 July 2014.
[2] A comparison of Visio Standard and Visio Professional.
[3] Visio 2007 Edition Comparison. Microsoft.
[4] Visio 2010 Edition Comparison. Microsoft.

The History of Visio. Gateway Support. Gateway,

Inc. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
Rasmussen, Anders Ingeman (2010). Microsoft
Visio 2010 Open source Visio alternatives. OSALT: Open Source as Alternative. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
No ERD to SQL code generation in Visio
2003/2007 Pro. Just another tech blog. Blogger.
25 March 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
Microsoft Visio Website. Ocial Microsoft Visio
website - Visio 2010. Blogger. 7 Dec 2011. Retrieved 7 Dec 2011.
Create a oor plan. Microsoft Oce Online Help.
Microsoft Corporation. Retrieved 15 October 2010.

Parker, David John (2013). Microsoft Visio 2013
Business Process Diagramming. Packt Publishing.
ISBN 978-1-78217-800-2.
Parker, David John (2010). Microsoft Visio 2010
Business Process Diagramming. Packt Publishing.
ISBN 978-1-84968-014-1.
Parker, David John (2007). Visualizing information
with Microsoft Oce Visio 2007: smart diagrams
for business users. McGraw-Hill. ISBN 978-0-07148261-5.
Helmers, Scott A. (2011). Visio 2010 Step by Step.
O'Reilly/Microsoft Press. ISBN 978-0-7356-48876.
Helmers, Scott A. (2013). Visio 2013 Step by Step.
O'Reilly/Microsoft Press. ISBN 978-0-7356-69468.

External links
Ocial website
Microsoft Visio 2013 Viewer (Internet Explorer
add-in) on Microsoft Download Center
Microsoft Visio 2010 Product Overview Guide on
Microsoft Download Center
Microsoft Visio 2010: Interactive menu to ribbon
guide on Microsoft Download Center
Old versions of Visio which has abadonware status
already. (1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, 2010Beta)


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