Over the years I've purchased Visio 3, Visio 5 Technical, and Visio 2007. I recently had to do some Visio work and so I reread this 1998 book (which was sitting on one of my bookshelves). It was excellent then, and it's excellent now (even for the 2007 version of Visio). There are 37 Modules: 1) Starting a New Drawing, 2) Saving Files, 3) Opening Existing Drawings, 4) Setting Up Pages, 5) Views, Zooms, and Pans, 6) Rulers, Grids, and Guidelines, 7) Opening Existing Stencils, 8) Dragging Master Shapes into the Drawing, 9) Sizing and Positioning, 10) Placing Multiple Shapes, 11) Connecting Shapes Together, 12) Cutting, Copying, and Pasting, 13) Formatting Shapes, 14) Formatting Text, 15) Creating Styles, 16) Aligning Shapes, 17) Creating Groups, 18) Boolean Operations, 19) Previewing Before Printing, 20) Printing Drawings, 21) Undoing and Redoing, 22) Help, 23) Drawing Tools, 24) Placing Text and Fields, 25) Spelling, 26) Finding and Replacing Text, 27) Dimensioning, 28) Inserting Objects, 29) Exporting Drawings, 30) Special Selections, 31) Running Macros, 32) Double-Clicking the Mouse Button, 33) Behavior, 34) Custom Properties, 35) Internet Tools, 36)Mapping a Web site, and 37) AutoCAD Drawing Import-Export.
Each Module includes "Uses," "Procedures," and "Hands-on-Activity." Most Modules also have a "Point of Interest." The writing is remarkably concise and precise. The screen shots are big and clear. Both mouse motions and keystrokes are given for each procedure. For those who need a refresher, p. 111 covers connecting shapes, pp. 243-250 cover dimensioning (for Visio Technical 5), and p. 171 covers how to create an array of shapes (for Visio Technical 5). The index is quite detailed. I found very few typos (e.g., p. 73, "lighting" should be "lightning.").
Is there anything to complain about? Not much, but the book would be even better if the screen shots were in full color--this is because Visio makes heavy use of color to help guide the user. Regardless, this book easily earns 5 stars.