Differences between Visio 2002 Standard, Visio 2002 Professional, Visio Enterprise Network Tools (VENT), and Visio Enterprise Architect (VEA)

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This article describes differences between the following Microsoft Visio products:
  • Microsoft Visio 2002 Standard
  • Microsoft Visio 2002 Professional
  • Microsoft Visio Enterprise Network Tools (VENT) - an add-on for Microsoft Visio Professional 2002
  • Visio Enterprise Architects (VEA), included in Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Enterprise Architect Edition
NOTE: For Visio 2002 product information, please visit the following Microsoft Web site:

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                                                     Enterprise  Visio
                                                     Network     Enterprise
Drawing Tools/Solutions      Standard  Professional  Tools       Architect
Block Diagrams                                

   Basic Diagram                 X          X                       X

   Block Diagram                 X          X                       X

   Block Diagram with
    Perspective                  X          X                       X

Building Plans

   Electric and
    Telecom Plan                            X                       X

   Floor Plan                               X                       X

   Home Plan                                X                       X

   HVAC Control Logic
    Diagram                                 X                       X

   HVAC Plan                                X                       X

   Office Layout                 X          X                       X
   Plant Layout                             X                       X

   Plumbing and Piping Plan                 X                       X

   Reflected Ceiling Plan                   X                       X

   Security and Access Plan                 X                       X

   Site Plan                                X                       X

   Space Plan                               X                       X


   Database Model Diagram                   X                       X

   ER Source Model                                                  X

   Express-G                                X                       X

   ORM Diagram                              X

   ORM Source Model                                                 X

Electrical Engineering

   Basic Electrical                         X                       X
   Circuits and Logic                       X                       X

   Industrial Control Systems               X                       X

   Systems                                  X                       X


   Audit Diagram                 X          X                       X

   Basic Flowchart               X          X                       X

   Cause and Effect              X          X                       X

   Cross-Functional Flowchart    X          X                       X
   Data Flow Diagram                        X                       X

   IDEF0 Flow Diagram                       X                       X

   Mind Mapping Diagram          X          X                       X

   SDL Diagram                              X                       X
   TQM Diagram                   X          X                       X

   Work Flow Diagram             X          X                       X

Forms and Charts

   Charts and Graphs             X          X                       X

   Form Design                   X          X                       X

   Marketing Charts and 
    Diagrams                     X          X                       X

Map (Directional)

   Directional Map               X          X                       X

   Directional Map 3D            X          X                       X

Mechanical Engineering

   Fluid Power                              X                       X

   Part and Assembly Drawing                X                       X


   Active Directory                         X*          X           X*

   AutoDiscovery & Layout                               X

   Basic Network                 X          X                       X

   LDAP Directory                           X*          X           X*

   Logical Network Diagram                  X                       X 

   Novell Directory Services                X*          X           X*

   Visio Network Equipment
    Sampler                                 X                       X

   Visio Network Equipment
    Shapes (Web Subscription)                           X
* This solution is limited to templates and stencils. It does not include automated data collection technology.
Network Diagram Kits**

   Campus Diagrams                                      X

   Enterprise Diagrams                                  X

   LAN Diagrams                                         X

   Rack Diagrams                                        X

   Segment Diagrams                                     X

   Site Diagrams                                        X

   WAN Diagrams                                         X
** These solutions are only available as part of the Visio Enterprise Network Tools (VENT) Web subscription. For addition information about VENT, visit the following Microsoft Web sites:
Microsoft Visio Enterprise Network Tools Fact Facts

Microsoft Visio Network Center
Organization Chart

   Organization Chart            X          X                       X

   Organization Chart Wizard     X          X                       X

Process Engineering

   Piping and Instrumentation
    Diagram                                 X                       X
   Process Flow Diagram                     X                       X

Project Schedule     

   Calendar                      X          X                       X

   Gantt Chart                   X          X                       X

   PERT Chart                    X          X                       X

   Timeline                      X          X                       X


   COM and OLE                              X                       X

   Data Flow Model Diagram                  X                       X

   Enterprise Application                   X                       X

   Jackson                                  X                       X

   Program Structure                        X                       X

   ROOM                                     X                       X

   UML Model Diagram                        X                       X

   Window User Interface                    X                       X

Web Diagram

   Conceptual Diagram                       X                       X

   Web Site Map                             X                       X

Developer Tools

   Microsoft Visual Basic
   for Applications (VBA) 6.3    X          X                       X

   MSDE 2000                                            X            

   Developer's Reference         X          X                       X

   UML 1.2 Notation Support                 X                       X

   ODMA Support                  X          X                       X

   Reverse Engineering from
   Microsoft Visual Studio                  X***                    X

   Code Skeleton Generation
   from UML Class Diagrams                                          X

   Database Reverse
   Engineering                              X                       X

   Database Schema Generation                                       X
*** You must have Visio Professional 2002 Service Release 1 (SR-1) to have this capability. For additional information about Visio 2002 Service Release 1, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
310474 Visio2002: How to Obtain and Install Visio 2002 Service Release 1
Import/Export Options                         

Full Support (both Import and Export)                   

   Adobe Illustrator (*.ai)      X          X                       X

   Compressed Enhanced
    Metafile (*.emz)             X          X                       X

   Computer Graphics
    Metafile (*.cgm)             X          X                       X

   Encapsulated PostScript
    File (*.eps)                 X          X                       X

   Enhanced Metafile (*.emf)     X          X                       X

   Graphics Interchange
    Format (*.gif)               X          X                       X

   IGES Drawing File
    Format (*.igs)               X          X                       X

   JPEG File Interchange
    Format (*.jpg)               X          X                       X

   Macintosh PICT
    Format (*.pct)               X          X                       X
   Portable Network
    Graphics (*.png)             X          X                       X

   PostScript File (*.ps)        X          X                       X

   Tagged Image File
    Format (*.tif)               X          X                       X

   Windows Bitmap (*.bmp; *.dib) X          X                       X

   Windows Metafile (*.wmf)      X          X                       X

   XML                           X          X                       X

   Zsoft PC Paintbrush
    Bitmap (*.pcx)               X          X                       X

Import Only

   ABC FlowCharter
    (*.af3; *.af2)               X          X                       X

   AutoCAD (*.DWG; *.DXF)
   NOTE: Visio Standard 2002 
   can import DWG, DXF,
   and DGN files. Only
   Professional and Visio
   Enterprise Architect can
   convert these files to Visio
   drawings on import, or
   convert individual layers at 
   any time.                     X          X                       X

   Bentley MicroStation
    Drawing (*.dgn)              X          X                       X

   CorelDRAW! Drawing File
    Format (*.cdr) 3.0/4.0/5.0   X          X                       X

   CorelFlow (*.cfl)             X          X                       X

   Corel Clipart Format (*.cmx)  X          X                       X

   Micrografx Designer 
    Version 3.1 (*.drw)          X          X                       X

   Micrografx Designer 
    Version 6.0 (*.dsf)          X          X                       X

   Text Files (*.txt; *.csv)     X          X                       X

Export Only
   AutoCAD Drawing (*.dwg)                  X                       X

   AutoCAD Interchange (*.dxf)              X                       X

   Bentley MicroStation (*.dgn)             X                       X

   DDL scripts                                                      X

   Vector markup language (VML)  X          X                       X

   Visual Basic, C++, C#, Java                                      X

   Web Page (*.htm; *.html)      X          X                       X


Article ID: 301970 - Last Review: October 9, 2012 - Revision: 4.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Visio 2002 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Visio 2002 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Visio Enterprise Network Tools
  • Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2002 Enterprise Architect
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