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The Visio Professional 2010 Software (32/64-bit) from Microsoft is a Windows application that can be used to create diagrams and charts. Visio takes a data-driven approach to chart creation, automatically adjusting visuals based on changes in data.
You'll be able to share your charts on the web in real time via SharePoint, making it easy to collaborate with colleagues -- even if they don't own Visio. Professional templates and pre-drawn shapes are available to give your work a more polished look.
Features and Benefits
Simplify Complexity with a Diverse Set of Intuitive, Professional Diagramming Tools
With a dramatically improved user experience and intelligent drawing tools and templates, Visio 2010 makes every step in creating diagrams easier.
Jump-start diagramming with a diverse set of pre-drawn shapes, sample drawings, and templates for IT, business, process management, and more. For any type of diagramming need, Visio can help you to get started quickly.
Find everything you need in one place to complete a diagramming task. Every step in creating a diagram is more intuitive, with the logical groupings of features in Ribbon tabs, an enhanced Shapes window for easy access to shapes and stencils, and a new status bar that helps you move more efficiently within and between your diagrams.
Add and align shapes easily and accurately with features such as the Quick Shapes Mini Toolbar, enhanced dynamic grid, automatic layout adjustment, and page Auto Size.
Simplify large and complex diagrams using Subprocesses and Containers to group related shapes visually and logically. A Subprocesses-a mini-diagram on a separate page that links to a Subprocess shape in a larger diagram-breaks complex processes in diagrams into more manageable pieces. Containers help you organize different sets of shapes and clarify how they relate to each other in diagrams.
Make your diagrams more appealing and professional-looking in seconds using modern shapes and visuals, a rich gallery of themes, and Live Preview.
Check diagrams against business rules and logic to ensure accuracy and consistency in diagrams. With one click, you can validate a diagram to make sure it's logical and properly constructed.
Create and monitor SharePoint workflows more easily than ever with a new advanced template that contains SharePoint workflow rules and logic, and the ability to export and import workflows between Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010 and Visio 2010.
Bring Your Diagrams to Life with Dynamic, Data-Driven Visuals
Gaining a clear and complete view of information that matters to your business often requires both a high-level perspective and detailed data. With just a few clicks, Visio 2010 helps you see the entire picture by showing meaningful data and information graphically in a single, up-to-date diagram.
Easily connect your diagrams to one or more data sources including Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, Microsoft SQL Server, SharePoint Foundation, or any OLEDB (Object Linking and Embedding Database) or ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) data source using the Data Selector and Automatic Link wizards.
Display real-time data right within the shapes of your diagrams, based on conditions you define, using meaningful graphics such as color, icons, symbols, and data bars. Then, add a legend to explain the meaning of your data-linked graphics.
Keep the linked data in your diagrams up-to-date without any additional effort using Automatic Refresh. You can refresh data automatically at specific time intervals, or manually at any time with one button click.
Drill down into detailed shape and diagram data using the Shape Data or External Data windows.
Share Interactive, Refreshable, Data-Linked Diagrams with Others via Their Web Browsers
With Visio 2010, sharing your dynamic, data-linked diagrams with others is easier than ever. Keep everyone on the same page by ensuring that people can always view the most current version of a diagram and its linked data.
Simply connect your diagram to one or more data sources (such as Excel), and with a few clicks, publish your diagram to SharePoint Server. Online users can see your real-time information in their browsers at a high level, right on the diagram, or delve into the details - even if they don't own Visio. They can pan and zoom in the diagram, follow hyperlinks in shapes, and refresh the data.
Create visually compelling dashboards that contain interactive Visio diagrams and other application services. Visio Services and SharePoint Server integration supports visual mashups of actionable data and diagrams for an information-rich viewing experience.
Store, share, and reuse business process diagrams and subprocesses through Visio 2010 integration with SharePoint 2010 Process Repository.
Top Reasons to Try Visio
Jump-Start Diagramming with Templates
With modern, pre-drawn shapes, intelligent templates, and sample drawings, Visio 2010 offers a wide variety of options to meet your diagramming needs for IT, business, process management, and more.
Find and Access the Tools You Need Quickly
Every step in creating a diagram is more intuitive, with the logical groupings of features in Ribbon tabs, an enhanced Shapes window for easy access to shapes and stencils, and a new status bar that helps you move more efficiently within and between your diagrams.
Draw Diagrams Faster with Improved Automatic Features
Whether you are creating a diagram from scratch or modifying an existing one, Visio 2010 helps you add and align shapes easily and accurately, with features such as the Quick Shapes Mini Toolbar, enhanced dynamic grid, page Auto Size, and automatic alignment and layout adjustment.
Simplify Large and Complex Diagrams
Add clarity to diagrams using Subprocesses and Containers to group related shapes visually and logically. As a diagram grows larger or becomes more complex, Subprocesses and Containers help you to keep information more organized and understandable.
Make Your Diagrams Professional-Looking and Appealing in Seconds
Visio 2010 helps you make diagrams look attractive with a wide range of formatting tools and design options, including modern shapes and visuals, a rich gallery of themes, and Live Preview.
Bring Your Diagrams to Life with Real-Time Data
See the entire picture with dynamic, data-driven diagrams. Simply connect your diagram to one or more data sources such as Excel or SQL Server. Then, display real-time data right within your diagrams, based on conditions you define, using vibrant colors, icons, symbols, and data bars.
Share Diagrams with Others on the Web
Easily share dynamic, data-linked Visio diagrams in Microsoft SharePoint Server. Online users can see your real-time information in their browsers at a high level, right on the diagram, or delve into the details-even if they don't own Visio. They can pan and zoom in the diagram, follow hyperlinks in shapes, and refresh the data.
Ensure Consistency and Accuracy with Diagram Validation
Check for common errors and support diagramming standards across your organization using diagram validation. With one click, you can validate a diagram against a set of rules to make sure it's logical and properly constructed.
Model and Monitor SharePoint Workflows
Create and monitor SharePoint workflows more easily than ever with a new, advanced template that contains SharePoint workflow rules and logic, and supports the ability to export and import workflows between Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010 and Visio 2010.
Create Visual Mashups Using Visio Services
Publish and share visually compelling dashboards that contain interactive Visio diagrams and other application services. Visio Services and SharePoint Server integration supports visual mashups of actionable data and diagrams for an information-rich viewing experience.
Key Templates and Shapes to Jump-Start Your Diagramming
Brainstorming and mind maps
Cause and effect, Ishikawa, and fishbone
Cross-functional flowchart and swim lane
Project management diagrams including timelines and calendars, Gantt Chart and Pert Chart
Building architecture and service diagrams, including space, floor plan, electrical, plumbing, HVAC and more
Detailed network diagrams, including Active Directory services, and rack servers
Engineering diagrams, including electrical, chemical, mechanical, and more
ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) diagram to define infrastructure technology requirements
Pivot diagram to automatically create hierarchical diagrams that group and total your data for visual analysis and presentation
Software and database diagrams, including UML and website map
Value stream maps including UML and website map
Website mapping and documentation including auto-generation of website maps
Wireframe diagram to create medium-fidelity wireframe diagrams for software application prototyping and design
Key Features for Intuitive Navigation and Easy Diagramming
Align and space automatically positions everything in the diagram or a selected area properly with a single click
Containers group related shapes logically and visually
Copy and Cross-functional flowchart and swim lane functions allow you to paste shapes exactly where you want them on the page
Dynamic Grid positions shapes relative to one another more accurately and with minimal effort
Insert and delete shapes with automatic alignment and spacing
Preview formatting changes to see how themes, alignment, and positioning will look before applying them
Microsoft Office Fluent user interface
Page Auto Size creates larger diagrams with an expandable canvas that automatically resizes to adjust to your need
Quick Shapes mini toolbar allows you to add your most common shapes with a single click, without leaving the drawing page
Quick Shapes stencil contains the shapes from each open stencil in one convenient view
Shapes window makes finding and selecting the shapes and stencils you want much easier
Themes Gallery allows you to quickly create great-looking diagrams using pre-installed themes
Dynamic, Data-Driven Diagrams
Automatic data linking to one or multiple data sources such as Microsoft Excel, Access, SQL, and SharePoint Foundation list
Automatic data refresh, with the time intervals you define
Data graphics to show real-time data right within the diagrams, using vibrant colors, icons, symbols, and data bars
Data legend to explain the meaning of data-linked data graphics
Sharing with Anyone, Even Those Who Don't Have Visio Installed
Static sharing of diagrams by saving as PDF, XPS, or a web page
Real-time sharing of dynamic, data-driven diagrams via a browser, using Visio Services and SharePoint 2010 integration
Integration with Other Products
Autodesk AutoCAD capabilities
Microsoft Office integration through data import/export and embedding Visio diagrams in other documents
Microsoft Excel integration to create Shape Reports about the properties and data stored in shapes
Microsoft Outlook integration, including "Import Outlook Data Wizard" to create Visio calendars
Microsoft Project integration with Visio Gantt charts and timelines
Microsoft Visual Studio programming support, including Microsoft .NET
Publishing of diagrams to SharePoint Process Repository
Database modeling diagrams with reverse engineering of any Open Database Connectivity-compliant data source
Visual mashups with Visio Services to create dashboards using real-time data and other services in SharePoint Server 2010
Customization and Extensibility
Fluent UI API including Command Bar and Ribbon API
Structured Diagram API
XML Web services integration
Data-driven solution support API
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Operating System: Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), Vista SP1 (32/64-bit), 7 (32/64-bit); Windows Server 2003 R2 with MSXML 6.0 (32-bit Office only), Server 2008 (32/64-bit)
Memory: 256MB (512MB recommended)
Hard Drive: 2GB
Display: 1024 x 768
Hardware: DVD-ROM drive for installation
Certain advanced collaboration functionality requires connectivity to Windows Server 2003 with SP1 or later running Windows SharePoint Services.
Multi-Touch features require Windows 7 and a touch enabled device.
Certain inking features require Windows XP Tablet PC Edition or later.
Speech recognition functionality requires a close-talk microphone and audio output device.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or later, 32-bit browser only. Internet functionality requires an Internet connection.
Visual Reports require Visio Professional 2010 or Visio Premium 2010, as well as Project 2010 and Excel 2007, or Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 or later.
Internet Fax not available on Windows Vista Starter, Windows Vista Home Basic, or Windows Vista Home Premium
Certain online functionality requires a Windows Live ID.
Other Product functionality and graphics may vary based on your system configuration. Some features may require additional or advanced hardware or server connectivity.