Microsoft Visio Version 2002 Step by Step
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Publisher: Microsoft Press (12 September, 2001)
Sales Rank: 36,169
Average Customer Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 3 out of 5
Good book for the computer novice but not for professionals
The authors of this book assume that you are a novice or a beginner programmer and I have to question whether novice or beginner programmers are going to be designing software using Visio. When I read this book, I quickly became bored. I already know how to save a file to the hard drive so why waste my time reading about it. In Chapter 1 through 4 the authors explain the various features of Visio and explain the basics of Visio, such as creating a diagram, adding shapes to a diagram, formatting shapes and diagrams, and connecting the shapes. I did learn some new tricks in these chapters. In Chapters 5 through 9, the authors try to teach you how to use Visio for a specific solution. For example in Chapter 5, the Authors instruct you on Creating Project Schedules. Some advanced features are explained in Chapter 10 which is the last chapter in the book.
Pros: The authors do give you some useful tips and if you follow the examples you will learn Visio in a hurry. The color illustrations are excellent (with the exception of the appendix at the end of the book).
Cons: The authors assume you just bought your PC yesterday and the early chapters in the book are too basic for any experienced developer. The shapes in Appendix B are not legible. The 30-day demo did not load on my Windows XP machine.
Rating: 1 out of 5
No 30-day Demo!
I bought this book for the 30-day demo so I could actually work through the steps to learn the program as the book was designed. However, when I followed the instructions to install the trial version, I was redirected to the Microsoft website where I was told the 30-day demo was no longer available. The software was not on the CD that accompanies the book. The cover of the book states: "CD-ROM includes practice files plus free trial software!" Don't buy this book if you actually want to learn by using the software. You could use it as a reference but there are probably better reference guides available.
Rating: 1 out of 5
Strictly For Beginner
I purchased this book hoping for a better understanding of Visio 2002, expecially in reference to Web Site Mapping. It was very disappointing to say the least. Not only did I not get any information or a better understanding of the function, it was not even discussed in the book. For a manual described as "step-by-step" the author seems to have missed some very major steps. If you have never used or seen Visio then maybe it will prove helpful to you. If you have used any of the previous versions of Visio this book is a WASTE of your time and money.
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