Microsoft Visio


Microsoft Visio came into market as standalone product produced by Shapeware Corporation; initially, it is free distributed free on a floppy disk along with MS systems readiness evaluation utility. In 1995, Shapeware Corporation renamed their name to Visio Corporation to gain benefit of market recognition and related product fairness. In 2000, Microsoft bought Visio and rebranding it as a Microsoft Office suite, like Microsoft Project. Later, Microsoft added a Visio for Enterprise Architecture editions with some editions of Visual Studio.NET 2003 and Visual Studio 2005.

File Format

In Visio, read and write drawings in VDX or VSD file format. VSD is the basic binary file format uitilized in all the earlier versions of Visio. However, VDX is a well-documented XML schema based format. In Visio 2013, read and write drawings in VSDX or VSDM file formats. These file formats ate desigened based on Open Packaging Conventions standard. However, these VSDx or VSDM file comprises of a group of file archives inside a Zip file. The main difference between VSDX and VSDN is the VSDM files can contain macros.

Top features of Microsoft Visio

  • Sync to the cloud:  Can save to SharePoint and SkyDrive as easily as to your hard disk
  • Change shape: Replace any shape with any other while retaining data, text and connections
  • Duplicate page: You can easily make a duplicate of any Visio page with 2 clicks
  • Use co-authoring: Allows you to concurrently edit a Visio diagram with other users
  • Create org charts with photos: Easily import pictures into your org charts

Latest versions of Visio

  • Visio 2000
  • Visio 2002
  • Visio 2010
  • Visio 2013
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