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Visualization of Visio 2010 Templates by Edition

Submitted by on June 15, 2010 – 11:53 am | | 50814 views 5 Comments

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Visio 2010 comes in three editions: Standard, Pro and Premium.

I’ve been analyzing which content comes in which edition, and experimenting with Visio features to help visualize this information.

If you are trying to decide which edition to purchase, you might find these visuals informative…and fun!

I used Visio 2010 Premium to create these graphics. After arduously compiling a list of all templates and editions in Microsoft Excel 2010. I was able to categorize each template, and create a company-like data structure that the Organizational Chart Wizard could handle. Once the org-chart was created from the diagram, I used the Color-by-Value feature of Data Graphics to turn template boxes green or red.

Visio 2010 Premium

Of course, one version has to have it all, and the most expensive edition delivers. Here you can see nothing but green beneath each template category. That means that all of the templates come with Premium. But you probably figured that out already…

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As of this writing, Visio 2010 Premium Edition lists for $999.00 on Amazon.com.

Visio 2010 Pro

Pro is the middle-child. Not cheap, not expensive. We see that some red is starting to show up. These are templates that are not included with the Pro edition:

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As of this writing, Visio 2010 Pro Edition lists for $559.95 on Amazon.com.

Visio 2010 Standard

As we go down-scale, the red really starts to show. Visio 2010 standard lacks quite a few templates that are included in the more-expensive versions:

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As of this writing, Visio 2010 Standard Edition lists for $249.95 on Amazon.com.

Of course templates are not the whole story. Each edition ships with different sets of stencils and add-ons as well. If this article receives enough attention and comments, I will post a list of templates in text-form, which might be helpful. So let me know!


  • Tina says:

    Are the colors reversed on the Standard image?

  • Visio Guy says:

    Just fixed it, thanks Tina. I was messing around with themes and had my greens and reds all confused!

  • Jane Bennett says:

    That’s a good way of highlighting what’s in what edition.

  • Visio Guy says:

    I was trying to remember if these were in my book, surprised to find that I forgot to even reference them! Must have been a page-count issue that limited what I could put in!

  • Geoff says:

    A neat feature to add to these diagrams would be to click on the box for a template and it’s opened for you! Quick and easy way of seeing what’s templates are available for your version opening it. Diagram would only show those available based upon your version.

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