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Overview

Easily visualize your ideas and concepts using our powerful diagramming tool. Create flowcharts, process flows, mind maps,...

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Microsoft Visio is a cloud-based flowchart and diagram creation tool, designed to aid collaboration and connect real-time...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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User reviews

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4

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would recommend this app

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98%
would recommend this app

Pros

I loved the finish of the design, and the fact that they had the gridlines to guide placement. Alignment of the shapes were so easy, and loved how customizable it was.

VS

Vaishnavi S.

Very easy to use with excellent collaborative features. Nice bright and modern UI.

AB

Arun B.

This was a great product if you're looking for something to do very simple flows and charts in. Price point is great, and the free version still allows to use most features.

Lisa T.

Pros

Overall I'm glad to have spent the time to learn it and enjoy using Visio very much. It's been very helpful and useful for my day-to-day responsibilities at work.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

This program is awesome for developing organizational chart. I love it because it makes it super easy for you to do it as well.

Sabrina Y.

It has all the features and functionalities that I need for my job and gives me the ability to get creative with my work. I recommend this software to anyone in the design world and beyond.

KM

Keley M.

Cons

Lack of features advertised would be included. Lack of tutorials in the software.

VL

Victoria L.

Sometimes the lines between connections didn’t land where I wanted them or changed shape and that was frustrating.

EB

Erika B.

Occasionally, when I'd try to "tweak" a little place on my project it would mess up the whole thing.

LF

LoRisa F.

Cons

Formatting is the biggest challenge, especially when you have large projects it is difficult to view all and you loose track.

Kimberly G.

More than once I had to make the same changes to a diagram cause I misplaced or lost an updated version. That is my biggest pain with visio, and is ultimately why I switched to Lucid Chart.

TL

Timothy L.

Using auto-arrange features can result in errors such as wrong diagram arrangement.

Anthony P.

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Key features

  • Total features29
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Auto Update
  • Brainstorming
  • Business Process Automation
  • Charting
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Color Codes/Icons
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Commercial Properties
  • Content Management
  • Customizable Dashboard
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Linking
  • Data Visualization
  • Design Management
  • Desktop Interface
  • Diagramming
  • Document Embedding
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • Drag & Drop Editor
  • Employee Photos
  • Equipment Management
  • Feedback Management
  • File Management
  • File Sharing
  • Flowchart
  • For Schools
  • Freehand Sketch
  • Gantt/Timeline View
  • Graphical Workflow Editor
  • Hierarchical Mapping
  • Ideation
  • Incident Management
  • Inspection Management
  • Interactive Elements
  • Inventory Control
  • Map Exporting
  • Mind Maps
  • Mobile Access
  • Mockup Creation
  • Multi-Language
  • Network Diagram
  • No-Code
  • Organizational Charting
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Process Change Tracking
  • Process Modeling & Designing
  • Publishing / Sharing
  • Real Time Data
  • Relational Display
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Residential Properties
  • Revision History
  • Room Scheduling
  • Screen Capture
  • Search/Filter
  • Space Management
  • Task Management
  • Template Management
  • Templates
  • Text to Chart
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Version Control
  • Visitor Management
  • Visual Discovery
  • Visual Workflow Management
  • Wireframe Creation
  • Workflow Management
  • Total features63
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Auto Update
  • Brainstorming
  • Business Process Automation
  • Charting
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Color Codes/Icons
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Commercial Properties
  • Content Management
  • Customizable Dashboard
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Linking
  • Data Visualization
  • Design Management
  • Desktop Interface
  • Diagramming
  • Document Embedding
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • Drag & Drop Editor
  • Employee Photos
  • Equipment Management
  • Feedback Management
  • File Management
  • File Sharing
  • Flowchart
  • For Schools
  • Freehand Sketch
  • Gantt/Timeline View
  • Graphical Workflow Editor
  • Hierarchical Mapping
  • Ideation
  • Incident Management
  • Inspection Management
  • Interactive Elements
  • Inventory Control
  • Map Exporting
  • Mind Maps
  • Mobile Access
  • Mockup Creation
  • Multi-Language
  • Network Diagram
  • No-Code
  • Organizational Charting
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Process Change Tracking
  • Process Modeling & Designing
  • Publishing / Sharing
  • Real Time Data
  • Relational Display
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Residential Properties
  • Revision History
  • Room Scheduling
  • Screen Capture
  • Search/Filter
  • Space Management
  • Task Management
  • Template Management
  • Templates
  • Text to Chart
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Version Control
  • Visitor Management
  • Visual Discovery
  • Visual Workflow Management
  • Wireframe Creation
  • Workflow Management

Integrations

  • Total integrations2
  • Asana
  • Box
  • Datadog
  • Dropbox Business
  • Facebook
  • GitHub
  • Google Drive
  • Jira
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Azure
  • NetSuite
  • Opsgenie
  • PagerDuty
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • ServiceNow
  • Slack
  • Trello
  • Twitter
  • Zapier
  • Zendesk
  • Total integrations6
  • Asana
  • Box
  • Datadog
  • Dropbox Business
  • Facebook
  • GitHub
  • Google Drive
  • Jira
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Azure
  • NetSuite
  • Opsgenie
  • PagerDuty
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • ServiceNow
  • Slack
  • Trello
  • Twitter
  • Zapier
  • Zendesk

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Switched to Pletica

Reviewed 2 years ago

Great start, but Pletica is better even if it’s more expensive.

Pros

Easy to use and smart saas tool. Replaced visio and other flowchart tools for me.

Cons

Every time I login it forces me to open a new doc before I can get to a doc I already created.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Creately

Easy to use product

Reviewed 2 years ago

I am using Creately to create UML diagrams and network diagrams.

Pros

Creately is awesome! It allows you to create various UML graphs in a fraction of the time of Visio or other tools.

Cons

No complaints! Creately has filled all of the needs I have.

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Just what we need

Reviewed 3 years ago

We found the perfect solution to our business because before Creately we used Microsoft Visio (which is so complicated to use). Also, the learning curve (how to use it) it's really good.

Pros

* It's very easy to develop a diagram chart from the scratch * Import SVG and Google images

Cons

* Sometimes it's really difficult to import a SVG file

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Creately

Very easy to use

Reviewed 3 years ago

I use them to make as-is and to-be process flows, sipoc diagrams, architecture diagrams.

Pros

It is very easy to use and I like how intuitive it is. I like the feature set and the canned templates. I use it for professional diagrams and to make process flows and I find it way easier than visio and it also allows for collaboration which I love.

Cons

Could expand on the template set. As of now I have not not found what I need, but from my experience with other similar tools, I feel there could be more templates.

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Well Worth The Price

Reviewed 9 years ago

As a heavy Visio user I was bit reluctant to try this but was pleasantly surprised. The monthly fee is fair and the desktop price is extremely good when you consider that Visio costs around 300$. Love the usability of the interface. The diagramming area is large and far less cluttered. I like the concept of loading libraries as necessary because not only it saves space but help you find shapes faster. A...

Pros

Easy to use uncluttered interface Image search and icon finder object toolbar that makes diagramming faster automatic adjustments like aligning, text positioning real-time collaboration feature

Cons

Real-time collaboration features seems to slow down the application a bit

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  • Likelihood to recommend4/10

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Microsoft Visio Review

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

Easy program to organize visual representations of flows. Incredibly easy to understand and can be a useful organization tool.

Cons

However, it can be a little cumbersome to create a simple flow chart. Like creating a house of cards...

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Visio

Easy to use great for creating flowcharts and diagrams

Reviewed 4 years ago

easy to create diagrams

Pros

Get great quality flowcharts and any other business diagrams you may need - eg floor-plans, design layouts etc all can be exported to PDF and easily embedded in other MS Docs -

Cons

Its does what its meant to do and I have been using it for years but for a new user it may take a while to get used to .....

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Visio

Diagramming and vector graphing

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

This a such a great tool when you need to create a lot of visual aids. Really any kind of visual aid, weather is hierarchy, flow, process mapping reallly anything you need this application has it. It’s easy to use and beats using Microsoft word shape and lines.

Cons

It’s a application specific for creating visual aids. Really lends itself to projects but, does an overall good job in creating Vistula aids easily without the hassle.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Best for workflows and diagraming

Reviewed 2 years ago

Successfully created many workflows and diagrams on a weekly basis for my company. Always a breeze to create, edit, and refer back to.

Pros

Visio is so easy to use. I've tried all the free competitors and nothing compares. Great for creating workflows for your company processes and designing advanced diagrams.

Cons

Can be a little glitchy if you do not know what you are doing, so make sure you look up training videos/articles so you understand how it works.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Visio

Good tool for Documentation

Reviewed 6 months ago

The Experience with visio is very good and we are using daily basis to create interactive diagrams

Pros

we are regularly using Microsoft Visio software to create various diagrams using process,subprocess,decision etc. We also used to create custom templates. Overall Visio is very good tool for documentation purposes

Cons

We can easily create custom templates using visio and also it provides various symbols such as decision,process,subprocess etc to create diagrams for day to day business operations.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Professional Designs

Reviewed 4 years ago

Creating detailed flow charts quick and easy.

Pros

Visio allows for creating professional designs and flow charts (task on arrow). Included in Vision are vast amount of shape categories for all industries.

Cons

I'm a Mac user, using an older version of Visio on an old PC. Would purchase Visio for Mac if it was available.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Visio

Fabulous for flowcharts

Reviewed 4 years ago

Very helpful diagramming and flowchart creating tool.

Pros

I have used this extensively in companies and find it is the most user friendly and helpful software for flowcharting and creating organizational charts. It is fabulous.

Cons

The part I like least about this software is that it has limited reporting capabilities and some limited diagram capabilities.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Perfect tool for Architecture Diagrams

Reviewed 3 years ago

Very easy and useful to create diagrams

Pros

I love using visio within my organization for visuals and diagrams, both for internal and external presentations. The tool is so easy to use and makes my job very easy

Cons

I have nothing negative to say about this software

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Visio

All in one tool for wireframe designing lovers

Reviewed 8 years ago

i have been using microsoft visio from last 3year and found it more easier and attractive than any other tool that is used today. I have work on balsamiq as well. The difference that i found while working on these two tool is that you can create more better wireframe design than creating in balsamiq.. You can exactly create a good wireframe design for website front end and backend, flowcharts etc with colors, images etc if you have a great imagination and designing skills. But you can;t play with colors in Balsamiq while designing a website layout.

Pros

1. Easier to use. 2. you can easily Edit the labels, buttons etc just by clicking on that. But in Balsamiq you need to edit the label or button text by selecting and right clicking on that 3. All visio files will be combine in one vsd file

Cons

Its basically used for wireframe designing.. you cant create a clickable prototype using this. If you want to create a clickable prototype than you should go for axure or any other tool.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Visio is very good application for technological and functional documentation

Reviewed 3 years ago

Great tool to create workflow for any requirements.

Pros

The number of good tool options to create either technical, or organizational flowcharts to easily illustrate workflows for users to understand.

Cons

Slightly expensive for Pro version. Header and footer function needs to be more ease of use. Unable to lock down connectors.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Visio

Great tool to draw almost any kind of diagram

Reviewed 3 years ago

I was able to create complex network diagrams.

Pros

Easy to use Lots of shapes and connectors available for use within the tool Possibility of adding extra sets of shapes Widespread format

Cons

Sometimes, Visio auto-connects 2 objects when you place them too close and this is a little bit annoying.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Visio

The Tool For Creating Diagrams

Reviewed 2 years ago

We use Visio in projects to create diagrams.

Pros

Visio is easy to use and an industry standard, i.e. working with Visio files across organizations is easy. Creating flowcharts, diagrams, networking overviews is easy to accomplish.

Cons

Visio is not cheap; also in Office 365 it needs to be activated online every time, causing issues in corporate networks.

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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Great application for creating UML diagrams

Reviewed 3 years ago

It allows me to easily create UML diagrams

Pros

Offers a lot of templates that can be used to quickly start creating your architectural and UML diagrams

Cons

I dislike the fact that there is no version that is available on the web as well as there is no free version that is available for simple usage

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Visio

Simple solution for creating diagrams and charts

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

We use the Microsoft Visio service when creating charts and diagrams when preparing financial reports. The tool provides a large selection of ready-made templates. It is possible to view all the changes in a special journal.

Cons

Among all the functionality of the Microsoft Visio service, there is not enough possibility to create small presentations. There is also no attachment function for additional media files for the created charts and diagrams.

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Visio

MS office - Visio a good tool - but

Reviewed 2 years ago

For other programs you need strong computers, this one works quite well on ordinary computers.

Pros

Easy to use, for users who do not have high requirements. For those who want more, there is a problem.

Cons

A list of suggestions and the ability to create your own shapes.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Easy creation of diagrams and good integration into the Microsoft product portfolio

Reviewed 8 months ago

I used Visio to create flowcharts in software development.

Pros

Diagrams can be created easily and quickly. The good integration into the Microsoft product portfolio should be highlighted. For example, diagrams created in Visio can be integrated into Word without any problems. There are no problems with image quality.

Cons

The automatic arrangement of objects within diagrams sometimes does not work as desired. This creates additional effort, as objects have to be aligned in the diagram manually.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Create professional looking documents with easy to use software.

Reviewed 4 years ago

Creating documents easily and making them look professionally made.

Pros

The software creates an easy to platform in order to create a professional document. These documents look good to present in meetings and for handouts so other users can follow behind you.

Cons

I would like to see them have a repository of the most commonly used network equipment. They leave it up to each manufacturer to provide. Would be nice to have them accessible in one place.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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So helpful in documenting networking diagrams. Awesome and I will be using it more and more.

Reviewed 3 years ago

I was able to create nee documents for network diagrams.

Pros

It is easy to use and there are a lot of things you can do with. Very presentable when it comes to enterprise level.

Cons

There are always area or room for improvement. I guess the user interface can be improved and a lot more to make it user friendly.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Visio

Good manual tool for documenting the network

Reviewed 4 years ago

Allows me to create detailed network drawings of my environment

Pros

Visio's ablility to allow layering allows me to easliy hide or expose data I need for the images I need to share with management, customers, or vendors when creating network drawings.

Cons

This is not a direct problem with Visio itself, but with finding and installing the Stencils can be frustrating. I also have not figured out how to move the txt assoicated with an item to a different locaiton around the icon. For example, the label is always on the bottom, and I can't move ot to the side or top for clartity of the drawing

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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The Pros and Cons of Visio

Reviewed 3 years ago

Visio helps me create professional looking flowcharts for my coding.

Pros

I have only used Visio to make flow charts for my coding. Here are the pros of my experience: * Visio allows you to make clean, professional flowcharts. * The tool bar is laid out simply and is easy to navigate. * As Visio is a Microsoft product, help and assistance are just a few clicks away.

Cons

* If you are just beginning to use this software, you may experience minor difficulties when creating flow charts. This may include difficulty when connecting arrows to nodes or orientating arrows correctly. * Printing can be difficult as well if your flow chart is large. Often times, my flow chart would be cutoff at the bottom of the page.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Review Of Microsoft VISIO

Reviewed 5 months ago

Microsoft Visio has nice and easy create diagram and templates.

Pros

Microsoft Visio Software has better vectoring , diagram and template tool. this software better than others in market.

Cons

Microsoft Visio must improve their product for better designing and support. Visio need more support and help.

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Visio

Reviewed 7 months ago

Good experience, I can create basic flowcharts without specific notations.

Pros

I like the microsoft office feel of visio and intuitiveness to use software and customizing options.

Cons

I miss some Business Process Model and Notation features and prefer a web based service sometimes, but good overall.

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Visio Review

Reviewed 10 months ago

I like visio when I am creating a simple diagram

Pros

I like that there are multiple shapes / sizes to create a visual. For a basic diagram, visio is great.

Cons

Visio can be complicated to use and requires a lot of additional research to understand how to use all the functionalities

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Powerful diagramming tool but complicated to master

Reviewed 2 years ago

Versatile tool for creating diagrams but only works on Windows.

Pros

The UI has come a long aways since the early days. The ribbon interface makes it much easier to find the tools and shapes that are needed. In our case, we use Visio for diagramming datacenter architectures. All of our vendors provide visio stencils that we can easily import into our visio diagrams. This is important so that we avoid the "Visio look" which are diagrams that are clearly leveraging the stock Visio icons. It's really easy to create complete topologies with Visio, which is important since attention to detail is quite important in our industry.

Cons

No native macOS support. This is almost a deal breaker since most consultants I know are using mac. Running Visio in a VM works fine, but it's annoying to have to do this each time I need to load a Visio file. I'm very tempted to switch everything to OmniGraffle but our company still uses a lot of Visio artifacts, as do many enterprises.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Visio is the only flow chart solution you need.

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

Microsoft Visio is the easiest-to-use flow chart making program in the market.

Cons

I would love the ability to create flow charts larger than a standard page size. It would be great to be able to create larger “stage” sizes (adobe) rather than having to continue on another page.