In the 2019 Professional Edition, Microsoft Visio remains the best tool for creating diagrams within businesses while conforming to widespread industry standards, such as IEEE. Additionally, Microsoft has introduced thousands of detailed improvements and new features, especially in order to facilitate the processing of projects in larger teams. In this respect, the software explicitly targets professional users. The programme still retains its renowned user-friendliness, however, which is achieved above all through the presence of countless templates as well as the tried and tested Office interface. Ever purchaser also receives 2GB of free memory space on Microsoft’s own cloud solution, OneDrive.
The generation of diagrams in Microsoft Visio Professional 2019 is possible immediately after starting up the programme, due to the availability of hundreds of templates, based on a selection of more than 250,000 shapes. As the desktop application also updates itself constantly, new templates are added regularly. Users can share completed diagrams as Visio data sets as well as over the internet: in order to do this, Visio Professional 2019 supports web-based renderings of diagrams as well their release as PDF files for users who do not use Visio on their device. The creator of the project can instantly see any annotations that other users subsequently add to diagrams, and, in this way, receive feedback.
Furthermore, Microsoft has also improved the programme’s support of input through the use of fingers and pens, such as the Microsoft Surface Pen, especially for Visio Professional 2019 and Windows 10. Diagrams can thus be refined using natural input methods, as virtual inks or even a finger can be used to add colour to shapes, to reposition objects, to rearrange images and much more. This renders the use of the programme on a tablet (such as the iPad Pro, for which there is a dedicated app in the Official App Store) easier. In order to work better with others, the annotation function has been improved and the integration of Skype for Business has been extended to the programme interface.
New files are imported from other popular programmes (such as Excel) into Microsoft Visio Professional 2019. This saves time in the processing of diagrams, as manual input is required less frequently. In order to bring every diagram to life and in order to ensure the clear representation even of large quantities of information, countless colours, shapes and graphics are available, to draw the viewer’s attention to what is truly important. Additionally, the programme supports the integration of drawings created using the popular software AutoCAD. This, too, significantly extends the range of functions, as even complex shapes are possible.
As soon as data of any kind that has already been integrated into the diagram alters, Microsoft Visio Professional 2019 also immediately alters the representation of the project. To do this, the programme scans the associated data constantly – regardless of the provenance of this data and whether this data is available locally or via a network – and then immediately relays any alterations on to the current diagram. In this way, everyone working on the project can keep track of it and work together on a single version of the diagram. The redundancy of manual updating also makes the working process easier and saves a lot of time in the long term.
Microsoft has developed Visio Professional 2019 in such a way that it is exclusively compatible with one of the Windows 10 editions as well as Windows 10S. It is not possible to run the software with an older version of Windows. Furthermore, this product offers a single licence for a desktop PC or Notebook. No other subscription fees are incurred. Microsoft guarantees that this software will be provided with updates for at least five years.