Microsoft Office Visio 2007 Professional provides great ways to visualize information by linking data
to shapes, and by enhancing their appearance with Data Graphics that emphasize the values of Shape Data.
This makes it easier to comprehend and analyze business critical information, enabling decisions to
be made quickly and effectively. A network diagram displaying PCs and servers, for example, can be refreshed
from multiple data sources, highlighting important information such as ownership, operational risk status
and software and hardware vulnerabilities with color and icons.
Although there are 49 different positions around a single shape that could display a Data Graphic icon
set callout, Visio does not provide any legends for these icons sets, so their meaning isn't always
clear. Similarly, Visio does not provide any legends for the Data Graphic Color By Value, so a colorful
diagram doesn't clearly outline values. All the information can be refreshed from multiple data sources,
but,Visio doesn't provide a legend that stamps the drawing with the source name or the date when the
diagram was refreshed from it.
DataLegends is an add-in for Microsoft Visio 2007 Professional that adds professional looking legends
for linked data recordsets, Data Graphic Icon and Color By Value. These legends can also be customized
and refreshed, providing clarity and validation. Data diagrams that are published or printed are indelibly
identified, reducing the risk that decisions are made on out of date or misunderstood information. In
addition, DataLegends provides extra Data Graphic Headings, Text Callouts, Icon Sets and Data Bars that
add greater choice for the diagrammer to present IT data in a more familiar and professional way. Some
of the Headings and Data Bars provide variable graphics and color that can be customized to suit any
organization's style or theme. DataLegends works with any other Microsoft Office Visio 2007 Professional
tool, adding value to such IT diagrams as rack equipment drawings or logical network layouts. A 30 day
fully functional trial version is available for download, which can be converted to a licensed copy
via the internet for a small one-off cost.
SW : Microsoft Office Visio® 2007 Pro Edition
OS: Windows XP, 2003 Server, Vista