Somewhere in my RSS feeds I ended up looking at Visio 2013. Somehow, with all the fuss about Office 2013 it didn’t occur to me that there would be a new Visio.
Visio is something of a burden and blessing. A blessing in that it works OK for network diagrams. Like a old soldering iron, I would be better with a new tip or new unit but I got used to it and can make it work.
Two things come to mind from “brochure”. One, it’s focussing heavily on dynamic shape linking to external data sources. With the rise of SDN and controller based interfaces, it might be interesting to consider representing your network in Visio as a live diagram.
Second, Visio 2013 will move to a OpenXML data format. I have hopes that this could allow OmniGraffle (my much preferred diagram tool) to read/write Visio data files. That would improve my life out of sight.