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Visio 2002 or 2003?

I'm looking through my MSDN discs, and I notice there's a disc labeled "Visio for Enterprise Architects 2003".  Thinking that I only had Visio EA 2002 installed, I figured I'd go ahead & upgrade.  I put the disc in, and it says Repair or Uninstall.  So I figure maybe I already have 2003.  I also notice there's a service pack for Visio 2003.  So I download the SP and try to run it.  "Didn't find expected version of Visio."  So I uninstall Visio, and reinstall it from the "Visio for Enterprise Architects 2003", disc #2084.1.  It installs, and the version number is 10.0.2705. 

A little confused, I google for visio 10.0.2705.  This kb article says that Visio for Enterprise Architects 2002 SR-1 is version number 10.0.2705.

What the heck is going on?  Is this Visio 2002, or Visio 2003?  If it's actually 2002, then shouldn't they label the CD "Visio for EA 2002 SR-1" or something like that? 

Wednesday, August 4, 2004

Sounds like the version for Visual Studio is being used interchangeably with Visio's actual version.

i.e.  Visio 2002 supplied with Visual Studio 2003 is referred to as Visio for Ent Arch 2003

Visio 2003 is a different product than Visio for Ent Arch 2003

Of course, I could be wrong....  :)

Chris Peacock
Wednesday, August 4, 2004

My Visio 2003 Professional SP1 is version 11.4301.5606 if that helps :)

James U-S
Wednesday, August 4, 2004

Vision Ent Arch included with VS.NET2003 is actually Visio 2002 with a different title. I haven't proded deeply into it but I think that Vision2002 from OfficeXP is just like VisioEnt Arch included with VS.NET2003. Either way, I simply started using Office 2003 and Visio 2003.

James Thomas
Wednesday, August 4, 2004

My theory is that MS royally screwed up the versioning of Visio 2002, 2002/3 EA and 2003. They aren't interchangeable (i.e. files made on 2003 aren't compatible with 2003 EA) and if you have 2 versions installed at once the Windows Installer service screws up and tries to install Visio each time you run Word.

(Well on my machine it did :()

Wednesday, August 4, 2004

I once was called (on the phone) by a Microsoft person asking about my purchase of Visio Pro 5.  She wanted to know if I would upgrade to Visio 2000.  I said no.  She asked why.  (note that Visio 5 was the LAST non-microsoft Visio version).

I answered that Visio 5 was a really good product, and I expected Microsoft to bloat the product with not-very-useful features.

I didn't expect them to KEEP releasing new versions every year.  This is getting as bad as Borland.  What version is Delphi up to anyway?  8?  9?  10?

Wednesday, August 4, 2004


man, most of your comments on this forum are above average, but come-on: Visio sucked pretty hard before the 2002 release. I always liked the program in concept, but this was one of those codebases that needed to be hung out the window and slapped around seriously by decent QA people.
Printing, clipboard handeling, metrics ... and these were not some obscure little buggies, but big stinkin showstoppin roaches.

Just me (Sir to you)
Friday, August 6, 2004

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