Using Microsoft Visio 2010 Paperback – Jun 9 2011
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From the Back Cover
Using Microsoft Visio 2010
Get comfortable with Microsoft Visio 2010, the latest version of Microsoft Visio. Don’t just read about it: see it and hear it with step-by-step video tutorials and valuable audio sidebars delivered through the Free Web Edition that comes with every USING book. For the price of the book, you get online access anywhere with a web connection—no books to carry, updated content, and all the benefits of video and audio learning.
LEARN FAST, LEARN EASY, USING WEB, VIDEO, AND AUDIO
Show Me video walks through tasks you’ve just got to see
Tell Me More audio delivers insights straight from the experts
About the Author
Chris Roth has always enjoyed creating pictures of any kind and absolutely enjoys the combination of computer technology with graphics. He has been working with Visio since The Beginning in 1992, when he was part of the Visio 1.0 team at then-extant Visio Corporation. Since then, he’s continuously been busy helping customers incorporate diagrams, drawings, and visualizations into their daily business and to develop custom graphical solutions based on Visio.
A Microsoft Visio MVP since 2002, he has presented sessions at several Visio conferences and has written more than 250 articles about Visio for his “Visio Guy” website (www.visguy.com), which he launched in 2006.
Originally from Seattle, he currently lives with his wife and baby daughter in Munich, Germany. Away from family, laptop, and relaxing Bavarian beer gardens, he plays trombone with the TT Orchestra and the wind ensemble Pullacher Blasmusik.
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My background: I have used Visio extensively for 10 years and continue use it *every day* in my work at Microsoft. My knowledge of this application is in the areas of end-user productivity, making visually-compelling diagrams, and driving the application via code (C#, IronPython, VBA, etc.).
This book is the only resource either in print or online that I feel clearly communicates to a *normal person* how to use Visio's features. It gives insight that only someone who deeply uses the application can provide.
The fundamental strength of this book is that it will *save you time*. It provides in one place the hard-won knowledge that would otherwise only be available through much time, trial-and-error, and confusion. For example, consider section 6.2. This section describes how to quickly format a table of boxes. Creating a table the standard way would require much dragging and dropping of shapes and tedious formatting and re-typing. Section 6.2 shows hows a technique to perform the task in much less time. In the process of learning this simple task, you'll learn techniques that will make you more productive with all of your other diagrams. This is just one tiny example. The book has many similar sections that describe a variety of situations you'll encounter in your day-to-day use of Visio.
What surprised me: Although though I am considered an "expert" user of Visio in Microsoft, I still found much to learn in the book. The author's knowledge about the application is truly deep. My work in the past few years has naturally been with Visio 2007 and so I found book was useful in discovering and understanding the new features in Visio 2010.
Printed versus Kindle version: I own both but the Kindle version is the one I use on an iPad2 and via Amazon's Kindle Cloud Reader. For me, there's no point bringing the physical book around when I always can access it electronically. Another advantage of the Kindle version is that the screenshots are in color (when viewed through a color-enabled Kindle device), while the printed version has everything in grayscale.
One of my favorite illustrations? Figure 4.7 is probably the best and most creative way I've seen to visualize the difference between dynamic and point-to-point glue.
While I respectfully disagree with Saveen Reddy's review in which he says that this is the only book about Visio you'll need (see obvious reason below!), you will not go wrong buying this book.
author of "Visio 2010 Step by Step"
The second reason was the videos. I am pressed for time and looking at the video re-enforces the book and vice versa. The Que mechanism to get to the videos is broken and their customer assistance system is broken, flawed or both. I have received only automated replies from them and no assistance. So I will certainly enjoy the book - but I doubt I will bother with Que again on the basis of any promised Internet extras. Pity, because I have bought a lot of Que books over the years. But in future, if I want the videos and they are not on a DVD in the back of the book, I doubt Que will get my dollars again.
I've bought a lot of books over the years and this one, for me is by far the best teaching book I have come across. If you are new to Visio I highly recommend this book.
[Note: Although I have complete access to the supplementary files, which were much to hard to access — shame on you, Que Publishing! — an completely awesome once I got them, this review is about the text alone. The supplementals are nice but you don't need them: it's that good.]
The book shows you how to accomplish tasks in Visio that you might not have even thought of doing. I started using Visio when version 1 was in beta (a long time ago) and I've used it to create UML, build cross-fuctional business processes and get ISO 9001 certification for my client. Chris Roth's "Using Microsoft Visio 2010" suggested new ways to do things with Visio that I hadn't even imagined I could do. It's like I had been using Word as a typewriter and suddenly learned how to do real word processing with templates and everything. After using Visio for 20 years, Chris Roth showed me how to be really productive with it.
I had to create short flowcharts for ~1400 collections of business rules. Roth's clear guidance in "Using Microsoft Visio 2010" showed me how to accomplish it the way I thought, -and- suggested a much better way to do it. I was able automate the creation of these diagrams using his suggested techniques (linking to an external Excel data source to a customized process stencil), the Macro recorder and some hints online about VBA. Now that's productivity!
I'm also a technical writer from time to time, and I'm pretty picky in my procedures. Roth writes in a clear prose that is insanely easy to follow — which is non-trivial when you are dealing with a complex graphics program like Visio.
This isn't a reference book, though. I thought that's what I wanted when I bought it (in PDF, web format, and hardcopy). But I was wrong. This exploded my productivity with Visio.
Roth also has some videos produced for Microsoft with a couple of other Visio MVPs on that really popular video site. Worth finding.
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