Visio Corporation existed from its founding in September 1990 until its acquisition by Microsoft on January 7, 2000. The company developed, marketed, and supported software products that enabled business and technical users around the world to easily create drawings and diagrams. Its primary products were Visio Standard, Visio Technical, and Visio Professional. This site describes the company and its employees during the 1990s. Its goal is to become the definitive source of information regarding the 10-year life of Visio Corporation.

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David Parker12:45 PM on Monday, March 16, 2015

I wore so many Visio logo'd attire on my return from being a speaker at the 1997 Visio Solutions Conference, that my daughter learnt to read the word Visio before any other! I was so proud :-)

A proud user1:50 AM on Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Visio may not be the best software for UML, BPMN, etc. But it can modelize them well enough so that I can use only one software. Good job folks !

Sheldon Siegel10:45 PM on Friday, October 20, 2017

Hey Visio-used-to-be-folk. Guess what? I’m now working at the last slice of the old Visio culture, Trumba Corp. We still call some stuff “graw”! Send me an in mail if you want to trade some old stories ...

Ted Johnson9:02 AM on Saturday, October 21, 2017

Cool, Sheldon. I use my "The Graw Group" coffee cup every morning.

Ted Johnson5:45 PM on Saturday, April 28, 2018

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Andrew Kollosche11:59 PM on Thursday, August 8, 2019

I got a free copy when I purchased my first CDROM for our home PC some time in 1997. Its first use was to draw a Pirate treasure map of our backyard for my sons birthday party. Its next use in to draw up the layout for the Hockey Score Board controller. A year later I used it to help with the planning of our home renovations.

When my father drew a family tree chart on paper I redrew it using Visio. It was used to layout the In-line Hockey rink for the 2006 National Championships.

My manager used it to draw the office buildings floor plan for renovations. I put it to use to draw a layout for a Slot Car track and a bit later to design the front panel for the Slot Car controllers.

It was used again to make the front panel template for a Sub-Woofer amplifier and Pre-Amplifier and later the 20 watt stereo amplifier. I put to use when applying to council to build a high front fence and need a Site plan and elevation to scale for the local Councils Development Application (DA).

While its not a piece of software you used every day it came in very handy when you have a scaled job to do!

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