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Visualizing Information with Microsoft® Office Visio® 2007: Smart Diagrams for Business Users by [Parker, David]
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From the Back Cover

Create and distribute data-connected Microsoft Office Visio diagrams and
reports

Get full details on the powerful features of Microsoft Office Visio 2007
inside this comprehensive volume. Written by Visio expert David Parker,
Visualizing Information with Microsoft Office Visio 2007 demonstrates how
to effectively visualize, explore, and communicate complex business
information. Learn to use PivotDiagrams, Data Graphics, and Smart Tags, as
well as link data to shapes and create meaningful Visio documents and
reports. Plus, you'll get vital security information, time-saving tips,
troubleshooting techniques, and downloadable macros and code samples.

Essential Skills for Database Users and Professionals

Create shapes and link them to data
Summarize and analyze information using PivotDiagrams
Use Data Graphics, Smart Tags, and SmartShapes to reinforce information
Generate robust Excel, HTML, and XML reports
Create custom, reusable templates, stencils, and masters
Update and enhance diagrams with Reviewer's comments and markups
Integrate Visio diagrams with other Windows applications
Publish and securely distribute Visio documents and summaries
Extend functionality using VBA macros, add-ins, and wrapper applications

About the Author

David Parker is the director of bVisual, a Microsoft Certified Partner that provides visual software solutions to a wide range of business sectors and situations. Microsoft awarded Parker an MVP for Microsoft Office Visio in 2005.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 19391 KB
  • Print Length: 467 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 007148261X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (5 Jun. 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003XQEVCQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,351,761 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
This is a great book for those who really want to "use" Visio to get under the skin of data they deal with. Many computer books tend to be long reference lists of properties and data, but this book's packed full of worked examples of real-world problems plus tips and code that you won't find in the Help menu. There's great coverage of the new 2007 functionality such as PivotDiagrams and Data Graphics, but all from the point of view of how you can actually use this stuff.

I got this book because I've seen David speak at various events and what you get here is his experience "in the field" as opposed to a simple tour of Visio's features.

If you're a complete beginner then there are probably more basic books available, but if you're already using Visio in your job then I'd definitely recommend it.
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I found this book heavy going as it goes into depth very quickly without providing an overview of the basics.

There are chapters at the end that would provide a gentle 'lead in' if they were at the start.

In particular the VBA chapter should be one of the first and followed by a chapter discussing Visio's VBA functions and object syntax - the coding & coded cell examples provided throughout the book would probably make a lot more sense if this was done.

If you;re a very experienced (advanced?) Visio user this might make more sense.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great title - poorly written 10 Aug. 2007
By James J. Bell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I want you to think of the stereo typical college level professor who drones on while writing on the chalk board. Is the professor dumb? Of course not. Does he lack the ability to teach? Yes. This author portrays himself as a user who got tired of depending on IT for meaningful reports. I see this author as a geek's geek. He can quote Visual Basic in his sleep and does so throughout this text. However, this author lacks perspective. He thinks we all just take one look at his VB and a 100 watt light bulb pops-up over our heads. And just like a professor he drones on in his book without approaching a subject from a different perspective. If he's so good at Visio - why didn't he include example diagrams? Just to clarify - I have no problem with Visio books going into VB - my problem is when they don't approach the subject from multiple perspectives to reach more hearts and minds.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful for people with VBA experiece, not so much for others 11 May 2009
By Business User - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is great if you have previous programming experience. For someone with none, the sample scripts are hard to understand as there is no explanation for functions, variables, syntaxes, etc. Wish the book title or description clearly stated "Smart Diagrams for VBA-savvy Business Users" . Or the author would provide more insight into how the scripts work, so that your average business user can apply the examples to their own needs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real World Examples 14 Mar. 2009
By Albert Edlund - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
With a product that has the depth of Visio for data visualization, it's a tough target to create a document that has the breadth of that which David attempted with this book. Most of the material currently being developed, and published on-line, use languages such as C# or C++ which are (IMHO) out of sync with the community that works with Visio on a day to day basis. Since VBA support is native to the product the user doesn't require additional products to test the concepts that David covers. David has provided many examples of how to use Visio for visualization of real world business projects. As an added bonus the ability to download each of the chapters code and documents allows the user to apply them on their own systems and then port them into solutions they may wish to develop. His style is readable and approachable and the examples work 'out-of-the-box'. It's a worthy companion to David Edson's and Graham Widemans works on Visio development.
Al Edlund
Executive Consultant
Altus Technologies
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read, lots of good info 14 Aug. 2007
By L. Ballas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed the author's casual conversational tone through much of the book. It had a lot of good info, some of which was valuable if you were sitting at a keyboard and followed along step-by-step. The author provides a download site for the code within the book, which is a nice alternative to those book CDs that always end up lost.

As a reference, the text wasn't perfect. I think it was really designed to be read rather than thumbed through.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Amazon "upgrade" version is unreliable and code download is infuriating! 6 Dec. 2009
By CD - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book in paperback and Amazon "upgrade" e-edition.

The e-edition worked the first time, letting me search and read the book right from my computer. The next time I went back to it, it would no longer let me search. Further, there does not seem to be a way to download it or view it on my iPhone so I must be connected and at a computer. The reader software is somewhat random as well but is livable on screens taller than 900 pixels (run little netbook, run). Basically my first and last Amazon "upgrade".

Next, the bonus code connected to this book: Maybe I missed it but I did not see the URL for the code in the beginning of the book like most that have companion web downloads. [...] has a "Download" link on their main page but this book is not represented there. You need to find the paperback book description page to find the link. Here you will find a poorly crafted website with broken CSS in Firefox 3.5.5, IE8 or Chrome. You must download the code individually for each chapter by scrolling to the bottom of each chapter page, pressing Reset and entering a word from a page it displays. You need to do this for all of the chapters which gets really annoying, especially when some words are not accepted even though they are correct. It says all this is because of size but I have downloaded 7 of them so far and it's only 7mb. It takes longer to navigate, press reset, find the page, enter the word than it does to download the content. Now that I look at the files, they also seem to have the same random named Zip files so I will need to dig through them to figure out what I need. Bonus material or not, it goes with the book and is part of the purchase price, I should be able to download it in some convenient manner.

I definitely wont be looking at another Osborne book unless it is a last resort.
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