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Find out what your peers are saying about Visio vs. Visual Paradigm and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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"We are all familiar with it, and it is easy to use. There is a lot of flexibility, and you can add shapes if you want.""Visio makes it easy to communicate your ideas from several areas of your imagination across several domains.""A lot of built-in templates are really phenomenal. They cut down the time when you're trying to get something out. They reduce the complexity that technical folks like to put into things that have to be given to technical folks.""I haven't needed to reach out to technical support the entire time I've used the product. It's very basic and very simple, and therefore I've never run into any issues I haven't been able to deal with personally.""Visio is stable.""The most valuable feature is that it is integrated with other tools in the Microsoft Office suite, as well as at the backend with products like SharePoint and Microsoft Teams.""Just the fact that a majority of the industry uses it, and you've got third-party templates that were created.""I think the best part of Visio is that you can import drawings very well into Microsoft Word. For example, if you put the Visio drawing into Word, you can double click on it and it opens in Visio. It is a very useful feature and something which I miss switching to Enterprise Architect. In Enterprise Architect, if I import a drawing into Word it does not open the diagram in Enterprise Architect. This is one of the strongest features and the ability to create your own stencils."

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"The pricing model is attractive.""The solution is very user-friendly. It's easy to just open it and start working.""Some of the most valuable features of this process modeling tool are process simulation and process animation.""It is easy-to-use and it helps understand its data modeling structure through the intuitive user interface.""I like the structure. I can see the diagrams and everything I created.""I love Visual Paradigm because it has many different types of diagrams. For any field of engineering, we can find a diagram.""The initial setup is straightforward."

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"Some of the improvements that have been made in Visio have not been beneficial, at least to me, personally. Too many things have been added to it, and it makes it kind of clunky sometimes. There is an overwhelming desire or competition to continue to improve it when the product is and has been pretty good, and some of what is done tends to clutter it. In some cases, the updates make it more difficult to use. It is already pretty feature-heavy and continuing to add stuff is not productive from my perspective.""I think that it feels a bit outside with respect to the icons that are available.""The price could be better.""The design and the look and feel, need to be improved.""It thinks that it knows what you want to do, but it doesn't. It has a way of behaving that can be very frustrating from time to time. Either it moves things about because it thinks its placement should be at a certain place, or it's keeping track of things that you don't necessarily see, so it moves something elsewhere.""System architecture could be improved.""The solution should have better integration capabilities with MacOS and Linux.""Lacks stencils for new technologies in the solution."

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"There are some connectivity issues that crop up rarely when used with SQL Server.""From time to time, we experience some troubles when we work as teams.""It's still early for me to comment since I've only been using it for two months, but the responsiveness when diagramming needs to be improved.""The solution could be more compatible with other products in the future.""The solution can be heavy on resource usage.""More flexibility when choosing the type of diagram would be nice."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price is reasonable for individual use but for an organization, the costs is high."
  • "Our license for Visio is including with the Office 365 subscription."
  • "Visio is about a $180 dollars to purchase. It is a one-time licensing fee."
  • "The yearly cost is approximately $400 CAD ($300 USD)."
  • "There are some cheaper as well as free solutions."
  • "The licensing process is actually a breeze. Simply buy the license and download it from Microsoft, enter the license key in Visio to activate the software, and you're done."
  • "I don't have any issue with the pricing. It has a subscription-based model, and the subscription is done on a yearly basis. Of course, we need internal approvals in place."
  • "It's cheaper than other solutions."
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  • "You can use Paradigm on a subscription basis and you can choose from different tiers of subscription."
  • "You can move between the tiers from month to month so you are not restricted to one pricing model."
  • "The pricing of Visual Paradigm is very appropriate and affordable. There are no hidden costs involved."
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    I have been using Bizagi with a major project for a state government agency for about four years now. It is pretty straightforward to load in files that are BPMN 2.0 compliant. The option to load… more »
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    It's my understanding that the initial setup is straightforward.
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    We have an enterprise license. We renew it on a yearly basis. We don't pay any extra fees and we partner with the Gartner group to help us when we have to renegotiate.
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    I love Visual Paradigm because it has many different types of diagrams. For any field of engineering, we can find a diagram.
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    From time to time, we experience some troubles when we work as teams. When two users work on the same diagram, it can be difficult. Changes appear in the diagrams which can be difficult to resolve. In… more »
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    We use Visual Paradigm to create and manage development processes. We have a license for 12 users, but in reality, there are more than 30 employees using this solution.
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    Microsoft Visio is an advanced diagramming solution that helps IT professionals simplify, connect, and share information. Visio provides tools and resources for interpreting, acting upon, updating, and sharing complex information about IT processes, infrastructure, and applications - effectively and efficiently.
    Visual Paradigm is a UML tool. The tool is designed for a wide range of users including software engineers, system analysts, business analysts and system architects, or for anyone who is interested in reliably building large-scale software systems using an object-oriented approach. In addition, Visual Paradigm supports the latest standards of UML notation.
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    Thomas College, Hamburg Port Authority, Portigon AG, Conseil G_n_ral du d_partement des Hautes-Alpes, AAA Auto a. s., Commonwealth Financial Network, ICA, Abu Dhabi National Energy Company
    Adobe, Apple, at&t, Caterpillar, Intel, NASA, Nokia, Toyota
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm23%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Insurance Company10%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Educational Organization7%
    Company Size
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise54%
    Small Business67%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise17%
    Find out what your peers are saying about Visio vs. Visual Paradigm and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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    Visio is ranked 4th in Business Process Design with 54 reviews while Visual Paradigm is ranked 12th in Business Process Design with 5 reviews. Visio is rated 7.8, while Visual Paradigm is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Visio writes "A stable and scalable solution for business-oriented presentations". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Visual Paradigm writes "Data modeling through an interface that makes it easy-to-use and understand". Visio is most compared with Bizagi, Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect, ARIS BPA, SAP Signavio Process Manager and Lucidchart, whereas Visual Paradigm is most compared with Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect, Lucidchart, ARIS BPA, Bizagi and No Magic MagicDraw. See our Visio vs. Visual Paradigm report.

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