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Microsoft VISIO 2013 Business Process Diagramming and Validation [Paperback]

David J. Parker
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25 Nov 2013

Explore Visio Professional 2013 and improve your business information through structured diagrams and custom validation rules


  • Optimize your business information visualization by mastering out-of-the-box structured diagram functionality with features like basic and cross-functional flowcharts
  • Create and analyze custom validation rules for structured diagrams using Visio 2013 Professional
  • Get to grips with the validation logic for business process diagramming with Visio 2013 Professional with the provided Rules Tools add-on

In Detail

Microsoft Visio is a diagramming program which ultimately allows business professionals to explore and communicate complex information more effectively. Through easy-to-understand visual representations, Visio enables you to present complicated data in a clear and communicative way. Therefore, productivity is increased by utilizing the wide variety of diagrams that can convey information at a glance as data can be understood and acted upon quickly. This book enables business developers to unleash the full potential of Visio 2013 Professional Edition.

Microsoft Visio 2013 Business Process Diagramming and Validation is a focused tutorial with a range of practical examples and downloadable code that shows you how to create business process diagramming templates with Visio, enabling you to effectively visualize business information. It draws on real business examples and needs and covers all the new features of Visio 2013 Professional Edition.

This focused tutorial will enable you to get to grips with diagram validation in Visio 2013 Professional Edition to the fullest extent, enabling you to perform powerful automatic diagram verification based on custom logic and assuring correct and compliant diagrams. You will learn how to create and publish rules and how to use the ShapeSheet to write formulae. There is also a special focus on extending and enhancing the capabilities of Visio 2013 diagram validation and on features that are not found in the out-of-the-box product, like installing and using the new Rules Tools add-on complete with source code, reviewing the new diagramming rules in flowcharts and BPMN templates, and creating your own enhanced Data Flow Model Diagram template complete with validation rules.

What you will learn from this book

  • Master new Visio features supporting structured diagrams and validation
  • Learn about new validation functions including how to create and modify validation rules to verify diagram correctness
  • Successfully implement out-of-the-box content for Visio 2013
  • Publish custom Visio templates that enforce company diagramming standards
  • Build a Visio add-on for increased ease when creating rules or analyzing existing rules
  • Use the provided Rules Tools add-on to export validation rules to XML
  • View diagrams with corresponding issues using annotations
  • Integrate validated diagrams with SharePoint 2013 and Office365


Microsoft Visio 2013 Business Process Diagramming and Validation provides a comprehensive and practical tutorial including example code and demonstrations for creating validation rules, writing ShapeSheet formulae, and much more.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (25 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782178007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782178002
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 18.8 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 919,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David J. Parker

David J. Parker, being frustrated as an architect in the late 80s trying to match 3D building models with spreadsheets, explored linking Unix, CAD, and SQL databases in the early 90s for facilities and cable management.

In 1996 he discovered the ease of linking data to Visio diagrams of personnel and office layouts. He immediately became one of the first Visio business partners in Europe, and was soon invited to present his applications at worldwide Visio conferences. He started his own Visio-based consultancy and development business, bVisual ltd (, applying analysis, synthesis, and design to various graphical information solutions.

He presents Visio solution providers and Visio Services courses for Microsoft EMEA, adding personal anecdotes and previous mistakes hoping that all can learn by them.

He wrote his first book, Visualizing Information with Microsoft Office Visio 2007, to spread the word about data-linked diagrams in business, and his second book, which is about creating custom rules for validating structured diagrams in Visio 2010, has now been updated and extended for Visio 2013.

He wrote WBS Modeler for Microsoft, which integrates Visio and, Project, and many other Visio solutions for various vertical markets.

David has been regularly awarded Most Valued Professional status for his Visio community work over the years, and maintains a Visio blog at

Based near to Microsoft UK in Reading, he still sees the need for Visio evangelism throughout the business and development community, and has been touring many European capitals over the last two years spreading the word of intelligent business diagramming with Visio and SharePoint.

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By Roger B
For the Visio application developer this is an excellent book. Rather than the normal reference book approach, David also describes creating an example application in some detail. If your interests lie in the Business Process Diagramming and Validation or flow charting application areas this is a "must have" book. If your interests lie elsewhere this is still a great buy because it provides a brilliant example of the potential offered by Visio for custom application development. The book also provides a much needed update for the other Visio developer's books which date back to Visio 2003 or earlier. Perhaps David's work will inspire others to use or write about the Visio API which is a little known power house of possibilities for application developers.

The Visio topics covered include the object model, ShapeSheet, Validation API and templates. The programming tools employed include C#, VBA, WPF and XML. Graham Wideman's "Visio 2003 Developer's Survival Pack" book takes a different approach and makes an ideal companion.

David's style of writing is easy to read which is especially commendable given the complexity of the material covered.

A word of warning: a basic monochrome Kindle is not the ideal device for reading books like this which contain a lot of diagrams, tables and example code. Although the book is as well formatted as can be expected, the amount of zooming and panning required does make reading slower and less enjoyable, especially without colour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Putting validation to work in Visio 2013 7 Mar 2014
By John G. - Published on
If you leave aside the fact that this is the 'only' book on the subject, this is still a great book about Validation in Visio. David's new 2013 edition of this book is packed, as usual, with pragmatic advice and practical code samples. It's not simply a theoretical book, but a really usable guide that will have you putting validation to work in your own process diagrams straight away.
3.0 out of 5 stars More I do this then here is how you can do it. 12 Mar 2014
By P. Badalament - Published on
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At many points in this book, the reader is given a detailed written description of how the author does such-and-such, but the book comes up short with providing the reader with the ability to "follow along" with an example. It's easy to get left behind early on as this book is presented.
5.0 out of 5 stars Nobody does it better 7 Mar 2014
By B. Newman - Published on
David Parker is one of the top Visio experts in the world. His latest book reflects his deep understanding of the history, features, and capabilities of Visio. For Business Process Mapping, he covers areas that a typical end-user would need and he also dives deep into advanced techniques for manipulating graphics and assigning rules. One of the really nice things about this book is how the author looks at previous versions of Visio to analyze how the new features have evolved over time.

David also covers how to publish to Microsoft SharePoint and maintain updates effectively. Although I don't typically use this myself, I was impressed by how well he explains it. David has spent years connecting data to Visio diagrams and he displays that knowledge in every aspect of the book.

If all you need is passive diagrams of your processes with lines and "clipart", then this book may not be for you. However, if you want to use Visio for creating valuable and super productive data connected diagrams, there is no better source of information than David Parker who has several books on the topic.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 30 Jan 2014
By Senaj L - Published on
If an MVP decides to write a book about not just Visio in general, but a very specific function area of Visio then this needs special attention. David Parker as one of the longest Visio MVPs certainly knows the product by heart.
The name of the book "Business Process Diagramming AND Validation" doesnt describe really the value of the book - since this is the most precise and extensive description of the Validation engine and related functionalities contained within Visio 2013.
So the book referrs to process diagramming however the Validation engine can be used for any structured diagram type in Visio - and this book documents all possiblities and techniques to make use of it.
Also the additional Tools deliver what is needed to make a general-purpose use of the Validation in Visio
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