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Microsoft Visio Overview Tour

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The Worldwide Standard for Creating and Sharing Business Diagrams

Bring the power of clear, visual communication to your everyday work. Whether you manage people, projects, or networks, there's an edition of Microsoft Visio® 2000 that will meet your business needs. And all four editions share a set of intelligent diagramming tools and a common graphics engine that help you convey your ideas successfully—no matter what they are.

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Organization Chart Draw a picture of your group's hierarchy.

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Network Diagram Visualize your company's infrastructure.

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Floor Plan Design a building to your exact specifications.

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Web Site Map See your site's entire structure automatically.

Easily Create Drawings and Diagrams

You don't have to be an artist to get professional-looking results with Microsoft Visio® 2000. The tools are simple to learn and use, even if you have no previous experience with drawing or diagramming software.

Build Diagrams Quickly with Drag-and-Drop Drawing

Create anything from an organization chart to an electrical schematic by simply dragging predrawn Microsoft Visio SmartShapes® onto your page.

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Rely on Built-in Drawing Expertise

Visio comes with an extensive, task-specific library of predrawn SmartShapes symbols, the building blocks of any Visio diagram. Unlike static clip art, SmartShapes symbols behave intelligently—they resize without distortion, automatically recalculate direction and length each time you reposition or resize the shape, and more. If you ever need a custom shape, you can easily build it yourself and add it to your library of stencils.

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Make Changes Without Losing Connections

SmartConnectors™ lines make connecting and moving shapes a snap. When you reposition shapes on a page, the connecting lines stretch, contract, change angles, and more—whatever it takes to stay connected.

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Get Professional-Looking Results

Put the finishing touches on your drawings by choosing from a variety of appealing design treatments.

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Work with Tools You Already Know

Microsoft Visio® 2000 works like and integrates with programs you use today, so you can draw on the skills you already have and build on work you've already done.

Use the Familiar Office Interface

Getting started with Visio 2000 is easy because it shares the familiar Office toolbars and menus.

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Improve Your Office-Based Communications

Since Visio works seamlessly with other Office programs like Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint®, it's easy to add visual impact to your work. Simply drag your Visio drawing directly onto your document, spreadsheet, or slide show.

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Turn Data Into Diagrams

Instantly create organization charts and flowcharts from information that already exists. You can import data from text files, spreadsheets, or databases into Visio and display it visually. Or export the data displayed in your diagram for use in other programs.

Share Your Work with Anyone

Need to share your diagrams? You can save them in a wide range of industry-standard file formats, including .ai, .bmp, .cgm, .dib, .emf, .eps, .igs, .pct, .pcx, .png, .ps, .tiff, and .wmf. You can even save them as .gif, .html, .jpeg, or .vml files to publish on your Web site or intranet.

Build Custom Solutions

Microsoft Visio® 2000 offers an extensible platform that you can use to create diagramming solutions that meet your specific business needs.

Tailor Shapes to Your Specifications

Visio 2000 comes with thousands of industry-specific shapes and stencils that can be fine-tuned to your exact specifications. Use the Microsoft Visio 2000 ShapeSheet® to specify dimensions, positions, and more.

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Associate Data with Your Shapes

Many Visio shapes represent real-world objects that have important information associated with them, such as part numbers, prices, or dimensions. Use Custom Properties to assign this type of data to the shapes in your diagram, link the information to databases and spreadsheets, and even generate reports.

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Develop Extra Functionality

If you're a software developer, you can use the Visio 2000 development platform, which includes Microsoft Visual Basic® for Applications (VBA), to build custom solutions that add functionality to Visio 2000 or integrate with existing business systems.

System Requirements and Pricing

Below are the requirements your computer needs to meet to run each edition of Microsoft Visio® 2000 as well as pricing and ordering information.

System Requirements

Microsoft Visio 2000 Standard Edition Minimum Requirements

Minimum Requirements

Computer/Processor

Computer with a Pentium 166-megahertz (MHz) or higher processor

Memory

For Microsoft Windows® 95 or Windows 98:
16 megabytes (MB) of RAM for the operating system, plus 16 MB of RAM for Visio 2000 Standard Edition
For Microsoft Windows NT®:
32 MB of RAM for the operating system, plus 16 MB of RAM for Visio 2000 Standard Edition

Hard Disk

80 MB of available hard-disk space*

Drive

CD-ROM drive

Display

VGA or higher resolution monitor; Super VGA recommended

Operating System

Windows 95 or later, Windows NT Workstation, or Windows NT Server version 4.0 with Service Pack 3 or later

Peripherals

Microsoft Mouse, Microsoft IntelliMouse®, or compatible pointing device

Microsoft Visio 2000 Technical Edition (includes Visio Standard Edition)

Minimum Requirements

Computer/Processor

Computer with a Pentium 166-MHz or higher processor

Memory

For Windows® 95 or Windows 98:
16 megabytes (MB) of RAM for the operating system, plus 16 MB of RAM for Visio 2000 Technical Edition
For Windows NT®:
32 MB of RAM for the operating system, plus 16 MB of RAM for Visio 2000 Technical Edition

Hard Disk

125 MB of available hard-disk space*

Drive

CD-ROM drive

Display

VGA or higher resolution monitor; Super VGA recommended

Operating System

Windows 95 or later, Windows NT Workstation, or Windows NT Server 4.0 with Service Pack 3 or later

Peripherals

Microsoft Mouse, IntelliMouse, or compatible pointing device

Microsoft Visio 2000 Professional Edition (includes Visio Standard Edition)

Minimum Requirements

Computer/Processor

Computer with a Pentium 200-MHz or higher processor

Memory

Windows® 95 or Windows 98:
16 megabytes (MB) of RAM for the operating system, plus 16 MB of RAM for Visio 2000 Professional Edition
For Windows NT®:
32 MB of RAM for the operating system, plus 16 MB of RAM for Visio 2000 Professional Edition

Hard Disk

110 MB of available hard-disk space*

Drive

CD-ROM drive

Display

VGA or higher resolution monitor; Super VGA recommended

Operating System

Windows 95 or later, Windows NT Workstation, or Windows NT Server 4.0 with Service Pack 3 or later

Peripherals

Microsoft Mouse, IntelliMouse, or compatible pointing device

Microsoft Visio 2000 Enterprise Edition (includes Visio Standard Edition) Minimum Requirements

Minimum Requirements

Computer/Processor

Computer with a Pentium 200-MHz or higher processor

Memory

For Windows® 95 or Windows 98:
16 megabytes (MB) of RAM for the operating system, plus 16 MB of RAM for Visio 2000 Enterprise Edition
For Windows NT®:
32 MB of RAM for the operating system, plus 16 MB of RAM for Visio 2000 Enterprise Edition

Hard Disk

130 MB of available hard-disk space*

Drive

CD-ROM drive

Display

VGA or higher resolution monitor; Super VGA recommended

Operating System

Windows 95 or later, Windows NT Workstation 4.0 or later, or Windows NT Server 4.0 or later

Peripherals

Microsoft Mouse, IntelliMouse, or compatible pointing device

Pricing and Ordering

You can order Visio 2000 online or find a reseller in your area. The prices listed in the table below are estimated retail prices; reseller pricing will vary. Pricing and offers are valid only in the United States and Canada.

Microsoft Office Product

New User Price

Upgrade Price**

Visio 2000 Standard Edition

$199 US

$99.95 US

Visio 2000 Technical Edition

$399 US

$229 US

Visio 2000 Professional Edition

$399 US

$229 US

Visio 2000 Enterprise Edition

$999 US

$669 US

* Number indicates typical installation; your hard-disk usage will vary depending on configuration. Choices made during custom installation may require more or less hard-disk space.

** Upgrade pricing is also available for volume licensing. Contact your Microsoft reseller for information on volume licensing options for Microsoft products.

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