I got home today and found a mysterious package on my desk.
Since I hadn’t ordered anything recently, I had a hunch what it might be…
Lo and behold, I was right! After anxiously ripping open the plastic shipping envelope, I held in my hands the physical manifestation of many months of hard work. A shining copy of my introductory book on how to use Microsoft Visio 2010. Real paper! Glossy cover!
The official title, ahem: Using Microsoft Visio 2010, and it is published by QUE Publishing. They’ve updated their Using series this year with a fresh new look. The books are shorter, have an easy-going format, include media elements and web companion materials, and are packed with step-by-step exercises to teach you the essentials of using the latest software applications.
Although Using Microsoft Visio 2010 is less than a Euro thick, you get 376 pages, jam-packed with useful information and tips. You also get an additional 37 pages in Chapter 11 (Developing Custom Visio Solutions), which is available as a bonus download. Plus there are 37 videos and 11 audio files to make it “more than just a book.”
If that’s still too much to lug around, you can also get as a Kindle eBook.
Since it was a beautiful afternoon, we decided to go to the Augustiner Biergarten to celebrate and relax. You can see that the book measures up quite well to one liter of Bavaria’s finest:
Here’s an aerial shot. The sky was the same color as the book on the afternoon:
See if you can gauge the number of years between now and when that photo on the back cover was taken:
Working on a project like this is a lot of work, but holding the published result in your hands is really quite rewarding. I hope that my effort helps you complete your diagramming tasks more quickly, efficiently, and with more enjoyment and satisfaction.
Update: Amazon is now reporting: “In stock on June 19th”. To those who’ve pre-ordered, sorry for the long wait. I’m not sure what happened, as I’ve had copies for some time now.
Update 2011.o7.04: Copies have arrived in the U.S., U.K and Germany Woohoo!