Microsoft Office Visio 2007 Released

Yesterday Visio 2007 was made available to business customers along with the rest of the 2007 Office System.  Retail availability for Visio 2007 will be January 30, 2007.

What’s so great about Visio 2007? 

Our primary investment focuses on visualizing business information.  We’ve made it significantly easier to bring your business data into Visio and visualize it in a diagram.  Data Link is a new feature that imports data from external sources and associates that data with individual shapes in the drawing.  Data Graphics is a new feature that surfaces your data in graphical ways.  Combined with the ability to refresh from the data source, these features turn your Visio diagram into a living document.

 Data Link and Data Graphics


While Data Link helps you add data to your existing diagram, Visio 2007 introduces a new drawing type called PivotDiagrams.  Similar in concept to Excel PivotTables, PivotDiagrams dynamically present tabular data in a hierarchical form.  By pivoting on different columns in the data, the diagram changes to aggregate information based on the breakdown specified.   PivotDiagrams are a great way to explore large data sets and present meaningful information visually.



Visio 2007 also makes it easy to communicate with your audience.  A new Themes feature provides one click formatting to drawings, giving them a professional appearance.  Publish as PDF or XPS lets you distribute diagrams in a fixed format.  Also Outlook 2007 has the Visio Viewer built right in.  Sharing Visio drawings has never been easier.


Links to More Information

There’s much more to this release, and there are a number of resources already available to showcase what’s new.  Start with Microsoft Office Online and then look at MSDN and the other Visio blogs.

Visio page on Office Online -


There are some great videos on the site demonstrating many of the new features:

Video demos -


For shape designers and developers, look for information on MSDN.  There are some good technical articles explaining what is new in automation and how to make use of the new features.

MSDN Visio site –

Visio 2007 SDK -


Eric Rockey, Lead Program Manager for Visio 2007, has a blog previewing many of the new Visio 2007 features.

Eric Rockey’s Visio 12 blog -


Bill Morein, Program Manager for Visio 2007, has a blog covering data visualization for Visio and includes several posts about the Visio 2007 feature set.

Bill Morein’s Data Visualization blog -


Finally, stay tuned to Visio Insights for more information about Visio 2007.  There’s quite a bit to cover.


Comments (3)

  1. Bob Jones says:

    I updated to Office 2007/Visio 2007 using my Microsoft Empower ISV account. I am using Visio to model and develop a complex database. When I go to generate the database, the menu choices are no longer available. When I search for help, Visio tells me, "the Generate and Update commands are not available in the Standard and Professional editions of Microsoft Office Visio 2003 or Microsoft Office Visio 2007."

    So my upgrade has turned into a downgrade. I cannot use the vsd file in an earlier version of Visio, and I can’t even find where to purchase Visio for Enterprise Architects. There are lots of references on the web to books, but how much will the software cost?

    I am quite upset by what I judge is a very poor choice by Microsoft. I am backed into a corner and see no way out. My development efforts are dead in the water.

    Bob Jones – – 360-671-1847

  2. Visio Team says:


    Check out this post for more information about Visio 2007 product editions:

    It sounds like you previously had a different version of Visio such as the Enterprise Architect edition that ships with Visual Studio.  Database generation is not a feature in any version of Visio Professional.

    Mark Nelson

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