Microsoft VISIO 2010 Step by Step by Scott A. Helmers

Whether you’re a first timer or have been using Visio for years, Visio 2010 is the strongest
and most exciting version of Visio yet. This is very important for the autor of the book and for the reviewer as well. To write a book about a good product is interesting job. In the same time it is much more responsible then to write a book about a product with medium quality. I was very surprised by the high quality of both – Visio 2010 and the book about Visio.

The content of this book can be divided in 3 sections.
To the first section belong chapters oriented to clasical topics:  A Visual Orientation to a Visual Product - Creating a New Diagram - Adding Sophistication to Your Drawings and - Deawing the Real World: Flowcharts and Organisation Chart and - Adding Style, Color and Themes). 
To the second section belong chapters  oriented to modern and innovative content:  - Entering, Linking to, and Reporting on Data - Adding and Using Hyperlinks - Sharing and Publishing Diagrams ( part 1 and 2) - Drawing the Real World: Network and Data.  
To the third section belong  chapters: - Visualizing Your Data - Adding Structure to Your Diagrams.
I am sure, that the best part of the book is the chapter:  - Creating and Validating Process Diagrams.

Author points out the importance of the combination of Visio 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010 Visio Services, what introduces a new option that you can use to publish dynamically updateable Visio web drawings. You can publish drawings that contain live connections to external data sources and feature data graphics to visualize the data behind the diagram.
During first two chapters you learned how to perform many basic tasks,
In chapter 3, you move beyond the basics and explore ways to add sophistication to your drawings. You will also add fields, ScreenTips,and comments to shapes; insert pictures and other objects; learn about layers; and také the first steps in creating data-driven diagrams.
In chapter 4, you will apply that knowledge from previous chapters to creating real-world diagrams. 
One of the most significant ways you can add value to your drawings is to store relevant data in the shapes on the drawing page. Visio 2010 added the ability to import, store, manipulate, visualize, and report on critical business data.

You will discover ways to make your drawings even more valuable by creating data-driven diagrams. You will learn how to use, create, and edit shape data fields. You will also learn techniques for linking shapes in a Visio drawing to data stored in spreadsheets, databases, and other sources. Finally, you will learn to extract data from a Visio diagram by creating, modifying, and running reports.

You will learn how to create both simple and sophisticated hyperlinks. You will learn how to use both relative and absolute links and to set the hyperlink base. 
Visio allows you to print diagrams as well as share them in a large variety of other formats.You will create rack diagrams using equipment shapes designed to fit in the racks and will learn how to set the page properties so that all shapes on the page are drawn to scale.

Data graphics are even more powerful when a diagram is connected to data that is 
dynamically refreshed from an external data source. In that situation, your Visio drawing becomes a dashboard showing near real–time status for your network, a business process, a restaurant seating chart, a manufacturing assembly line… the possibilities are endless.

Microsoft Visio 2010 includes a significant set of enhancements related to diagramming 
work processes and to ensuring that those diagrams are correct. The enhanced process-related capabilities of Visio was a high enough priority for Microsoft, that they created a new edition of Visio.
You will learn about the structure of the resulting website, allowing you to move it to an intranet or other location when you want to share your drawing with people who don’t have Visio. You can include or exclude navigation features, include reports, and even change the format and style of the website.
Visio web drawings are stored on SharePoint 2010 servers using Visio Services. The web drawing format provides higher fidelity rendering of Visio drawings and enhanced user navigation controls.

This book has been designed to lead you step by step through all the tasks you’re most 
likely to want to perform in Microsoft Visio 2010. If you start at the beginning and work your way through all the exercises, you will gain enough proficiency to be able to create and work with many types of Visio diagrams. However, each topic is self-contained.
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