GoVisual Cleans Up Visio Designs

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2001-12-31 Print this article Print

It's not hard to make a Microsoft Visio diagram really messy really quickly. Cougar Technical Solutions' GoVisual tidies up worked-over design drawings.

Its not hard to make a Microsoft Visio diagram really messy really quickly. Cougar Technical Solutions GoVisual tidies up worked-over design drawings.

In tests, I was able to clean up my old network diagrams in just a few minutes using GoVisual.

In some cases, the effect was similar to a painting that had undergone restorative cleaning; logic that had been hidden by too many quick modifications was revealed when GoVisual moved objects into regular patterns.

The product works best on diagrams that have followed strict rules. All connections must be properly "glued," a Visio term for making a connection stick to a drawing object such as a PC or a router. Users will need to dive into the advanced options to get the page size to match up with the print options in Visio.

GoVisual costs $49 for a single license and $149 for the Unified Modeling Language version. Either can be downloaded from

Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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