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.
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.
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.
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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