Microsoft Visio in the Professional Edition 2019 remains the best tool for designing diagrams in companies and is based on widespread industry standards such as IEEE. In addition, Microsoft has made thousands of detailed improvements and introduced new features, primarily to make it easier to work on projects in larger teams. The software is therefore explicitly aimed at professional users. Nevertheless, the well-known easy entry into the program is retained, which is mainly achieved through countless templates and the proven Office interface. Every buyer still gets 2 GB of free storage space on Microsoft’s own cloud solution OneDrive.
Diagrams can be generated in Microsoft Visio Professional 2019 immediately after program start: hundreds of templates based on a selection of more than 250,000 shapes ensure this. Also, since the desktop application is constantly updating itself, new templates are added regularly. Users then share finished diagrams not only as Visio data records, but also via the Internet: Visio Professional 2019 supports web-based representations of diagrams or the output as a PDF file for users who do not use Visio on their device. The creator of the project immediately sees comments that other users then enter in the diagram and thus receives feedback.
Specifically for Visio Professional 2019 and Windows 10, Microsoft has also improved support for touch input and pens such as the Microsoft Surface Pen. Charts can be refined with natural input methods, using virtual ink or fingers to color shapes, move and rearrange charts. This also makes it easier to use the program on a tablet like the iPad Pro, for which a separate app is available in the official Apple Store. In order to work better with other people, the annotation functions have been improved and the integration of Skype for Business into the program interface has been expanded.
New data is imported directly into Microsoft Visio Professional 2019 from popular other programs such as Excel. This saves time when editing diagrams, as manual entries become less frequent. In order to then enrich those diagrams with life and to clearly present even large amounts of information, countless colors, shapes and graphics are available to focus on the data that is really important for the viewer. In addition, the program supports the integration of drawings created in the popular software AutoCAD. This also expands the range of functions considerably, since even complex shapes are possible.
In addition, as soon as data of any kind changes that has previously been integrated into the diagram, Microsoft Visio Professional 2019 will immediately change the appearance of the project. To do this, the program constantly scans the integrated data – regardless of where it comes from and whether it is available locally or in the network – and then immediately forwards changes to the current diagram. This means that everyone working on this project always has an overview and works together on a single version of this diagram. The elimination of manual updates also simplifies the work process and saves a lot of time in the long term.
Microsoft has developed Visio Professional 2019 in such a way that it is only compatible with one of the editions of Windows 10 and Windows 10S. It is not possible to run the software on an older version of Windows. Furthermore, this offer is a product key for a desktop PC or a notebook. There are no further subscription costs. Microsoft guarantees to provide this software with updates for at least five years.
- Windows 10, Windows Server 2019
- 1.6 GHz, dual-core processor or faster
- 2 Gb working memory (32-bit); 4 GB RAM (64-bit)
- 4 GB available hard disk space
- Graphics acceleration requires a DirectX 9 compatible graphics card. With WDDM 2.0 or higher for Windows 10 (or WDDM 1.3 for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update).