Microsoft Visio 2016: A Hands On Review
Are you a technical artist looking for the best software that can help you draw different kinds of diagrams, flowcharts and presentations? Then Microsoft's Visio 2016 could be the best choice for you. Read on to know what it has got to offer.
The ReleaseMicrosoft Visio which was earlier known as Microsoft Office Visio is a diagramming and vector graphics application that belongs to the Microsoft Office group.
In 2013 Microsoft launched the productivity Application Visio in Standard and Professional editions. In 2015, 22nd September, Visio 2016 got released together with Microsoft Office 2016. A handful of new features is added to this latest edition along with the new themes for the Visio interface, a complete makeover in the office layout, protective measures for the exclusive Visio files, the information rights management (IRM), one-step connectivity with Excel data, minute detailing in the site plans, a whole new range of shapes for the floor plans, latest shapes updated for home plans, new range of starter diagrams, IEEE compliant shapes for electrical diagrams, and in this version the Database modeling is based on a Database Model Diagram.
What's new in the 2016 EditionThe changes made to the latest versions of 2016 are common in both the Professional and Standard ones. It is all about incorporating powerful diagramming application that works for the users visually to help in creating every kind of diagrams. The other feature added to it is the benefit of getting a Preview of the app online. They have made it all easy for the users to share their Visio diagrams that would get saved as .vsdx format and they will also enjoy data connectivity through SharePoint Online or through OneDrive for the Business edition. This would make the work more visually appealing when presenting to a big professional group as they can now browse them through their web browser. The other changes include a more convenient, intensely integrated collaboration functionality.
The InterfaceThe currently updated interface of Visio 2016 is evolved around better usability and user friendly features. Here is a list of key features:
Sharing Your PresentationThere are a lot of options in Visio that makes sharing your presentation easier than ever before.
ApplicationsThe Application of Visio makes it a breeze to work with. Here they go:
Help and SupportVisio provides a step-by-step tutorial with each template helping its users to get the hang of the program. For further assistance, their representatives are available through phone and live chat. The company's blog and user forums is another way to get through your queries and find an easiest solutions to them.
Pros Visio has an easy to use interface and one can easily navigate through it. The interface is consistently similar for all, both desktops and mobile. The software has a very handy set of features that make even the novices feel comfortable within no time. The creation, editing, and sharing of any kind of Flowchart or Presentation is a breeze with Visio 2016 edition, especially after it has introduced the online preview feature.
Visio has a number of drawback till date as it has not been made compatible with iPads, Mac computers or Android tablets.
What could be of a little hindrance is that it does not let the viewer edit the chart or add comments. Though that is a good thing for the sake of its security, it could make you feel restricted at times.
Visio doesn't have a revision history feature to check the edits and updates that are done to any diagram which makes it inconvenient for the users as they have to manually save every version of their chart to keep a track on the changes that have been made.
The software is not cloud-based, so one has to download it.
Bottom LineVisio has proved to be one of the topmost flowchart software available because of its latest features, intuitive programming and templates with which one can easily create diagrams of any kind. To excel and become incomparable it needs to expand beyond its limitations of compatibility allowing every user to experience its more than satisfactory performance.
Very disappointed that Visio 2016 does not provide the ability to restrict left click movement to hyperlinks in presentation mode. If the viewer inadvertently clicks on anything but the hyperlinks, they are automatically taken to the next page, with no obvious means of returning to the previous page. I know there are work arounds with the arrow keys, but it stops the whole flow of the presentation.