I have been experimenting the Visio/D-Tools integration, and have really liked it so far. I am currently using a demo version of Visio Professional 2013 that will expire soon. Before I purchase it, I wanted to know if buying Visio Standard 2013 will limit me in any way? Or am I better off with the Professional version. I will only use Visio with D-Tools. Trying to determine if Professional is worth the extra expense.
As my colleague Peter says, Visio 2010 has quite a few advantages for our use. The focus from MS on Visio is obviously (and understandable) process and flow diagrams, so in 2013 Visio tend to want to do too many connections on your behalf. Which works well if you are creating a business process diagram, only annoying when you are doing schematics. Having said that, I have less crashes with 2013 than 2010.
I am using 2010 standard 64 bit with 64 bit dtools client and I’ve never experienced any crashes since I have installed it. I put my new workstation together last march and it has been rock solid since then not mention very speedy. I’ve heard there are some integration issues between SIX and visio 2013 but i wouldn’t be the one to speak to about the details. I believe it was Seth Enos who told me that. I’ve heard nothing but complaints regarding visio 2013.
The big issue now though is you cannot just go and buy visio 2010 from the standard channels unless you plan to purchase a volume license and I believe the minimum was 5 licenses. At least that is what my software provider informed me. I ended up finding an unopened/unregistered copy on eBay and it worked out fine for our latest seat.