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Whether you want to quickly capture a flowchart that you brainstormed on a whiteboard, or map an IT network or build an organizational chart, Visio makes it simple to do so.

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Whether you want to quickly capture a flowchart that you brainstormed on a whiteboard, or map an IT network or build an organizational chart, Visio makes it simple to do so.


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Microsoft
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NASDAQ:MSFT
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+1 (877) 276-2464
Year Founded
1975
HQ Location
Redmond, WA
Total Revenue (USD mm)
$125,843
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193,766 employees on LinkedIn®
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Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software products and services; and designs and sells hardware worldwide. Flagship products include Windows, Office, Azure, SQL Server, Exchange, SharePoint, Dynamics ERP and CRM, as well as Xbox; Skype; and Windows Phone.

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Network Engineer
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It is a must-have tool if you work in networking, almost all big organizations have a Visio Diagram with the network connections and interactions between departments with the downside that the diagram is as good as the knowledge that engineer making it has about Visio but even badly made diagrams have good enough information to be able to understand the network even if they lack layers. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

No MacOSX version so I need to run a Virtual Machine or run it on another PC besides my work laptop to be able to run it, also the new shift to Office 365 to fully integrate all Office 365 apps does not make me so happy, it gives me a little anxiety to not be able to run my old files with every upgrade, especially a major one. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Please use layers in your diagrams, it makes your job later a lot easier. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating, modifying, and updating network Diagrams Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I was not a fan of Visio until I had to deal with several networks lacking proper documentation, even worse than not having documentation is having bad documentation the worse ofender was a network diagram made on photoshop without the source image so any changes were made on top of a png image and some areas were resized in a way that the ip value was not readable anymore. Visio provides a much needed standarization when dealing with diagrams, it might not be pretty but is a common point of contact that different teams across several technologies can agree upon. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Since the last update, I keep getting strange Visual Basic errors with some of my Visio files, I'm no programmer but it looks like it broke some Visual Basic template that created some Visio parameters Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Use the integrated icons unless you need to add a specific image or location or the icon isn't available, if we all use the same notation is easier to understand each other, there are spaces for creativity but Visio is not one of those. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating, editing, updating and polishing network diagrams Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The most important part is that being good at using Visio I'm keeping my job for the time being and in the mid of this pandemic that is actually a big thing and even if I lost it I could find another one relativelly easily. It's just the industry standard for network diagrams it doesn't matter if they are WiFi, switching, security, data center diagrams at the end almost every one gets translated into a Visio file since it is a common point of contact that different areas and vendors understand in a pretty good way Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Even as a Mac user I'm pretty fond of Microsoft, so please Microsoft get us a working Mac version already, I like Visio overall but if a competing product worked in Mac in the same way many of us would jump ship. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Pay attention to layers and little details, a diagram with the layers and objects well documented is worth a lot more for any project Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I create, edit and update network diagrams with Visio and it keeps me employed so I'm pretty grateful for that. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mom project lead
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

the customization of the shapes is a great feature, allows me to create for each customer their own shapes to create the workflows. this give me a great option to give something specific for my costumers, Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I do not like the connection (arrows) when I'm creating a workflows, it gets pretty messy. I'm as a person that use it a lot , can say that I can manage the connection between the shapes, but for a person that is new will always be really hard at the beginning. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

it is the best tool in the market to create process workflows, you can have as many features in your shapes as you see fit. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

imp creating workflows to describe processes for my clients, it allows me to create workflows really fast and with the customization allows me to create specific shapes for each customer. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I'm really passionate about tidiness, organization, and control so naturally, I'm the one on my team tasked with creating the timeline, flowcharts, Gantt map and all other templates that are later used by my team and shared with other parts of the organization, Visio allows me to control the fine details like the aligning and put everything in separate layers so it can be easily filled without the need to touch the template unless it's really needed. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It's not available in MacOSX, I'm a Windows user but for some of my coworkers that means that they need a Virtual Machine to run Visio or not running Visio at all Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Align your elements correctly, you'll be making all the people with OSD a big favor, I just can't stand it when something is missaligned. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating templates of timelines, flow charts and more things and using them for my job. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Whether you like it or not, it's just the standard for anything diagram related in an enterprise setting, even if the file was made 10+ years and never updated it's going to work anyway and as long as it's made according to clear rules it's going to be understandable for anyone that needs to read it.

After you take some basic tutorials it's really easy to create/edit any diagram and super easy to export to PDF. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It is 2020 already and still a Windows-only program, a MacOSX version is not going to hurt Windows sales in any way, there is no reason to really keep it exclusive. If you own a Mac it runs on top of any Virtual container so maybe It's time to get a native application already? Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It is the standard, maybe Dia is better or any other tool, but visio is the one that is going to be required for diagrams most of the time, so it is just a good idea to learn how to use it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating all sort of diagrams we need for our day to day job Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Desktop Engineer II
Health, Wellness and Fitness
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Visio is a great tool, it has allowed me to create numerous Flow Charts and diagrams for work and personal use. The ability to import images, create my own stencils, and just create has improved my work and documentation for my team tenfold. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Finding items that are buried two or three options deep is confusing, I'd like the ability to bookmark an item that I commonly use to a single area. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Visio is pretty much the default for diagramming software, others try to approach what this product can do, but they fail to achieve the same level of functionality. While it is more expensive than the competition, you get what you pay for and if you buy Visio from the start, you won't have wasted your money.

Get Visio for the key staff who require it, its not for everyone, but for those who create maps, charts, diagrams, etc - it is a must have. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We've been creating workflows for distribution to staff that clearly indicate how to do particular jobs to improve device functionality and end user satisfaction. We've also added notes to scans of maps of locations as we plan expansions or new buildings to indicate where PCs, Drops, etc should be placed. None of us have CAD or truly need it when we can use Visio to markup the map and plan out our work. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Good documentation when you are getting into a new project makes your work a lot easier since you don't have to play detective to understand what are the components of a system and Visio makes a wonderful work by making easy to provide good diagrams to document the project. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I hope that in the near future there is a program to automate the most boring task in Visio. While virtually all of us appreciate a good network diagram to work with, making them is a tedious and boring process that you prefer someone else is in charge of doing them. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Everything is easier and faster in Visio if you learn the keyboard shortcuts Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Reading, Editing, and Creating network diagrams Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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System Administrator
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Almost any stencil and icons from well known vendors are available. As a IT person this is very convenient as it gives you the possibility to create detailed diagrams based on your devices. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Can be expensive when compared to other applications out there. Also no mac version available which forces you to use the web version of Visio which in my case does not give you the same feel and experience as the desktop application. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating of flows, processes and diagrams which gives you a visual view of these. This also helps when troubleshooting. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Administrative Assistant
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like that there are several different diagramming types to choose from, and it can be integrated into other Microsoft Office tools, making everything much easier. Very professional output with amazing graphics. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Each version comes with better functions, but you have to pay for them separately, which can get costly. It's not for the casual user - without a working knowledge of vector software, it can be frustrating learning how to use it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This is an amazing tool for visual learners. I find that when teaching new processes or concepts, this allows for step by step explanations. I can also save the document as a JPEG or PDF file and forward to those persons that do not have Visio. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I love when everything is well documented, network diagrams, site locations, part numbers, models, etc.. and when dealing with network diagrams Visio is the industry standard, all technologies across organizations understand a well-made diagram, even if you are not technical should be at least understandable even if you don't know any specifics of how to work with any of the technologies. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I hate being the one creating the documentation or updating it, I'm fully aware of the need for it and how impacts readability. I'm fully supportive of having an industry standard, but... Maybe Dia or anything cross-platform? I'm literally opening a VM every day just for Visio. It would be really nice a MacOSX version, I would still dislike working with it but not hating it as I do now Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Learn to use it and embrace it even if you hate it, specially in hard times like now it comes in handy. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating and updating network diagrams Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It is easy to work with after you take some quick tutorials and in case you need to do something new in the tool there is a lot of youtube videos and other resources to tell you how to use the tool exactly as you want. Once you create a template you can reuse it very easily by just creating a new layer and working on the new layer with the template in the below layer.

Easy to update, I had to take care of old designs created 8 years ago and the tool was able to open, edit and update the format without any compatibility issue Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It's a windows only program that I need to use almost every day so I need a VM in order to open it, not a big deal but still anoying it would be a lot better if a MacOSX native application is available but as soon as any MacOSX program comes close to Visio I will switch without a doubt, adding the extra step of opening a VM is not enjoyable. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Skip the documentation, go to youtube to learn or any other video platform, it is a lot faster compared to the written documentation. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating and updating network diagrams Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Head of A&R
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Visio provides the chance to provide your visions and thoughts on a diagram. Additionally, it has predefined icons that may be utilized to show objects that you hardly ever attempt to depict, like computer networks, space layouts, etcetera. The Pro version has even more features, like programming for automated map generation. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Like everything else, it requires some time to study the solution. It comes from both within and outside, as well as make use of it as efficiently as you possibly can. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

This's a tool for that I suggest training in extra features, like merging paper tickets with Visio sketches for automated development. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I showed the connection involving the rooms and the components they contain. I additionally utilized it to bring flow diagrams, networking plans as well as decision trees. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

With so many shapes, Microsoft Visio is one of the best tools for modeling requirements in a very vivid and clear way that can be interpreted by application or database designers. The program is quite small and does not consume an significant computing resources Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The shapes are quite many, which can take you time to decide which if more appropriate for your requirements. The arrows do not snap well, at times I have to zoom in to get the arrow to snap to the exact positions I need them to Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are to look for the best data and requirements modeling tools, am sure Visio will be on of the top recommendations Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Visio offers a comprehensive set of shapes to sufficiently plan and visualize requirement for proper database and application design Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior Purchaser
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Easy and quick development of organizational charts, projects and diagrams. Particularly, it's similar features to Word and Excel, with one easy editing method: interaction with Office, data, procedures and tasks are actually very easy to work with. It's so intuitive application, there's no interaction with CRM or ERP tools. It's tough to show the process with the tool. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

For many elements, basic colors can't be transformed and should be used as they are which happens to be a downside in the configuration. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

In a nutshell, Visio is by far the most commonly used map design software program in the business of ours. I also work around Microsoft products, therefore it works well. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Interaction with the office suite, data, procedures and projects is actually simple to use. It's a really intuitive system. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Visio simplifies the process mapping that I previously made without a specialized software Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Wish this was part of the basic Office offer Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Process Mapping Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UH
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Powerful tool for creating flowcharts, network diagrams, site plans,site surveys, use case diagram and cross functional diagram. This tool is very use full for IT diagrams, server diagrams, data center architecture, etc. It is an excellent tool for network documentation! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Make Changes in design is complex.

You have to have a good eye for design. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Overall experience is very good, very helpful when design a complex process flow for organization process. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UI
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Visio is a very useful tool for making project specific flow diagrams and flow charts. I liked it because its very easy to use. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes I observe tool is little slow while preparing diagrams might be due to size or don't know otherwise working on this tool is perfectly fine and easy for everyone. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Diagrams in design documents are little complex to prepare but with help of visio, we are easily able to make them and very fast too. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It can draw anything you cane think of - There are many pre-defined symbols that can be dragged and dropped into a drawing - Pre-defined symbols can be easily incorporated into your drawing with connectors that snap to connection points and can then be dragged to other parts of the drawing.

Visio is integrated with other Office suite products which is nice.

It is user-friendly. It doesn't take long to figure out how to get up and running while also providing advanced users options to add the bells and whistles they want.

The variety of standard templates is large and there are lots more custom templates you can download too. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There is a very long learning curve. - It uses the typical Microsoft help function which cannot find things using plain English queries. (Google is MUCH better) - It may be difficult to find the thing you want to do as there are some many functions. It is an expensive license. I believe it's $500/person.

Not available for Mac/Linux users

Can't publish to certain web applications easily. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I personally use it more for process flows when designing new solutions for my internal customers. It allows users a way to visually depict how processes flow.Visio has helped me take conversations and brainstorming sessions and demonstrate how they would actually work. So often there is a good intention on trying something new, but it is important to get everyone on the same page. This tool has helped do that. I have also extensively used Visio as a training tool. I will link the diagrams to other portals and tools that we use, so that the workflow document is something of a link aggregator for all the steps involved. This has made the hand-off from training to implementation much easier. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Team Manager
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like that there is a library of graphical elements and symbols, that you can search, and then drag onto the document. Having this library available included in the software saves time consuming internet searches for images, and also has a guarantee of quality. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that it is not easy to share a file in Microsoft Visio, as most people don't have a copy of the application so they cannot open it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have to manage and plan the work of my staff. I find that Microsoft Visio is excellent for creating diagrams showing what tasks we have to do for the week, and who is doing these tasks. It's easy to drag and drop various elements from the library, which is searchable. It makes clean diagrams, and it can also print on large paper sizes like A3. I'd recommend it as you will benefit from being able to make clean diagrams quickly and easily. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Consultor de Planificación
Telecommunications
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I have been using this application for several years as a tool to design the various structures or diagrams of the telecommunications network and the Internet required by the multiple projects completed and currently underway in the Corporation. I love the variety of elements in their libraries or Visio stencils that are usually extensive and you only need to drag every element or master shape to the drawing and assemble the interconnection network required as a technical solution. It is very easy to implement and manage. It allows me to save a compendium of previous solutions that serve as the basis for new solutions. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It is one of my fundamental work tools in the design of network topology and I really have no negative comments to make about the product. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Very useful tool for the design of Telecom and Internet networks. It can be used for other implementations or purposes (TV networks and security cameras, distribution of 19 ”Rack equipment, distribution of electrical connections, for example) and it will depend on the content of the Visio stencils added to the libraries. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Every day I receive requests that demand the design and documentation of different Telecom equipment interconnection solutions and for this, Visio allows me to respond each request with all the specifications required by internal and external customers and by the Corporation. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Process Engineer
Oil & Energy
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

The thing that I most liked was a variety of tools available and also you can create your own shapes and save them in your own stencil. You can make professional-looking P&IDs, PFDs, and other related drawings. I can also integrate other software with it to add data related to process conditions and equipment details related to my process. On the other hand, it also has a wide range of drawing types to select, depending upon the discipline of expertise. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It requires a little effort and background knowledge before you start making drawings. You also need to draw some custom shapes as its shapes library is very limited. Online support is very limited and you can not search for shapes online. On the other hand, it does not autosaves the file and once the program crashes you can not recover the file easily. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I want to recommend it to anyone that is considering to have good software for improving its skills related to understanding P&IDs / PFDs and drawing them in a professional way but with the ease of mind. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am making my process design related drawings, P&IDs and PFDs. I can integrate my drawing with other software like Microsoft Excel. Drawings that I make are professional ones that I can present to my Higher Management. I also make drawings for my ordinary material balance assignments, related to different processes. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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