I've been using Visio for almost twenty years, since V5.0. I've faithfully upgraded when each new version came out (although I missed Visio 2007). I began to feel a bit less satisfied with it as Microsoft updated it, and in particular I think the first versions with the ribbon control were a step backwards.
Don't misunderstand me - I'm actually a big fan of the ribbon and love it in Word, Excel, et al, but it really didn't seem to fit that well with Visio. My preferred layout in the older versions was to have lots of toolbars showing at the top, giving me one-click access to almost all the functions. The ribbon just meant many more mouse clicks, as far as I was concerned.
Anyway, yesterday I was using Visio 2013 and dreaming wistfully of the pre-ribbon days, when I decided to dig out my copy of Visio 2003 Pro and see if it would run in Windows 10.
And what a joy it is! I'd forgotten what a fine piece of software that version was. Super-fast, extremely customisable, and with toolbars rather than the ribbon control. I spent a happy hour customising everything and re-familiarising myself with it.
Now, I have two questions:
Firstly, what do you guys think of Visio 2007, the version I missed? Is it like 2003, but better? Is it worth me trying to find a copy?
Secondly, Visio 2003 seems to work perfectly in Windows 10 except for one thing: every time I close the program it crashes, saying "Microsoft Office Visio has stopped working...". Of course it doesn't actually matter much, because I'm closing it anyway. The nuisance arises because it then helpfully tries to restart Visio, so I have to hit the Cancel key to stop that.
I've tried running in in compatibility mode for XP SP3, and I've tried "Run as Administrator", but neither made a difference. I've also checked my computer's DEP setting, and it is set for "Essential Windows services only".
So, has anyone else experienced this strange crash on exiting Visio 2003? Is there a know cure or workaround? (One other small clue is that it won't remember the Tools | Customise | Options | Always show full menus setting.)