- Series: Using
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Que Publishing; 1 edition (June 19, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0789742977
- ISBN-13: 978-0789742971
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #502,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Using Microsoft Visio 2010 1st Edition
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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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Top customer reviews
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.
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 would have bought it for the videos alone, and now that I've watched them all (have yet to finish reading the book) I can safely assure you I have gone from a complete newbie to being able to explain (with excitement) and show my coworkers the really cool features as mentioned by Chris.
I am super excited by all the things Visio is starting to allow myself to do, from creating block diagrams to flow charts, it's the tool I've been missing in trying to convey my own expertise. I highly recommend this book to anyone that is using Visio or just getting started with it.
Again cannot stress how valuable having unlimited access to online videos is, it's so much easier to see a quick video with guidance from an expert than having to read pages upon pages of instructions. By buying this book you get both! I'm usually one to borrow books from the library, but this is one purchase I certainly do not regret.
The author does a great job at offering both basic and power user techniques. His scenarios are spot on to help guide the way I set things up for our team. The keyboard shortcuts and tips are so good. I hear the words "Right click shapes like there's no tomorrow" in my head every time I open Visio. Great resource.
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.
1st word of the 3rd paragraph of the 3rd chapter. Seems like some zero-based index programming bug!