You're giving a presentation to the team and need to unveil the schedule for a new project. Could you do it using only bullet points? Certainly. But if you've read those books about how to create winning presentations, you know that a picture carries more weight with your audience than a slide full of text, as Figure 13-1 shows.
Figure 13-1. Two looks at the same slide: Before Visio, the slide used only text to convey its message. After replacing bullets with a Visio timeline, the slide's purpose is much clearer.
In the past, many Microsoft Office customers used PowerPoint as their primary diagramming tool mostly because it was already on their desktop and included reasonably simple drawing tools. However, you can create so many more kinds of diagrams in Visio than PowerPoint, and revise them far more easily, that it's well worthwhile to use Visio as the diagramming extension to your PowerPoint presentation. Plus, the diagrams you create in Visio can be saved separately from the presentation and used for other purposes.
The process for getting your Visio diagram into PowerPoint doesn't have to be any more complex than copying and pasting. However, there are a couple of different ways you can copy in Visio depending on what you want to do, and there are a couple of different ways to paste in PowerPoint, depending on how you want to use the thing you copied.
Here's a summary of the techniques you can use to display Visio shapes and diagrams in PowerPoint slides:
For details about linking, embedding, and in-place editing, see Chapter 7, "Using Visio Diagrams with Other Programs."