Relax, let Microsoft® Visio 2010 worry about flowcharts and diagrams
Making flowcharts isn’t half as much fun when you have to do them manually; this is why Microsoft has given the world: Visio Professional. One of the best programs in the market for business and technical diagrams, Visio makes the job as easy as a walk in the park. Visio comes bundled with Office 2010 and therefore, you won’t have to shell out an extra penny to get started.
Visio has a list of inbuilt templates for database models, flowcharts, directional maps, calendars, and timelines. These are just some of the templates that are available and ready-to-use. You can use Visio for generating simple diagrams or even for complex software architectural diagrams depending on your need.
Another feature of Visio is that it lets you design your own templates. You can modify and customize the templates that are suited for your needs. After you are done working on it, you can attach pictures and text, like your company’s logo, or a catchphrase that you are suggesting to a client. Visio lets you update your diagrams with real time data from sources like Microsoft Excel and SQL server.
Though it takes a little time to understand how the application works, the output however, is well worth the effort that you put in. Once you get the hang of it though, you will wonder how you ever managed to do without it. Here’s an idea to get you started: Go and make a flowchart about how to use Visio!