What's New in Visual Paradigm

Latest release: 16.1 (Dec 2, 2019)

Tabular - Smart spreadsheet software

Design and describe your strategy visually. With easy to use spreadsheet editing. Customize and style based on your needs. Import and export data at ease. Store team projects on Cloud Respository with unlimited users and unlimited projects.


DoDAF, NAF and MODAF toolset

Visual Paradigm provides an easy-to-use, model-driven solution that supports the development of DoDAF, NAF and MODAF views and models. Create integrated products with traceability maintained among views. Generate enterprise architectural (EA) documents that facilitate organizations to efficiently coordinate EA initiatives. Learn more: DoDAF Toolset | NAF Toolset | MODAF Toolset

Effective views management through the grid view

The grid representation provides a logical way to manage architectural products. Architects can easily access a particular view through this interface.

Create architectural views that conform to DoDAF/NAF/MODAF

Create architectural views that conform to DoDAF/NAF/MODAF

Visual Paradigm extends the UML to provide a set of new diagram types, with new diagram toolbars tailored for DoDAF/NAF/MODAF views creation, ensuring that your architectural description will conform to the various frameworks.

Maintain full traceability between different views

Maintain full traceability between different views

Traceability among architectural building blocks can be visualized using the Matrix tool or as a visual traceability map using an Analysis Diagram.

Nexus Canvas

Nexus Canvas is a map of actionable Nexus work items. It helps improve project efficiency for product delivery with the Nexus framework. Whether your software project involves a single team or multiple teams around the world, we keep everyone on the same page, same canvas.

Nexus Canvas
Plan and track events and roles

Plan and track events and roles

Manage product backlog, sprint planning, impediment, daily scrum, sprint review and other Scrum events and artifacts from within the same place - the Large-Scale Scrum canvas.

User story map

User story map

Manage your product backlog with user story map. Create and re-arrange user stories easily by simply drag-and-drop.

Improve communication

Improve communication

Effectively communicate ideas the with documents generated from the information gathered under work items.

To use this feature, select Agile > Nexus Canvas from the toolbar.

Large-Scale Scrum Canvas

Large-Scale Scrum Canvas is a scrum tool built for every scrum team to plan, track and manage scrum projects through an intuitive visual canvas. Whether your software project involves a single team or multiple teams around the world, we keep everyone on the same page, same canvas.

Large-Scale Scrum Canvas
Navigate project with ease

Navigate project with ease

Manage product backlog, sprint planning, impediment, daily scrum, sprint review and other Scrum events and artifacts from within the same place - the Large-Scale Scrum canvas.

Works for any scale projects

Works for any scale projects

Dedicated canvas for every Scrum team to access the project and sprint details relevant. The canvas is designed to help make large-scale development efficient.

Improve communication

Improve communication

Effectively communicate ideas the with documents generated from the information gathered under work items.

To use this feature, select Agile > Large-Scale Scrum Canvas from the toolbar.

LeSS (Large-Scale Scrum), is a trademark of The LeSS Company B.V.

Implementation Plan Diagram enhancements

Create roadmaps with the Implementation Plan diagram tool. Both the appearance and usability are improved in version 16.1.

Implementation Plan Enhancements
Drag-and-drop form designer

Rectangle vs Chevron bar style

A new rectangle bar style is supported. You can present bars as rectangles or chevron arrows, depending on your design needs.

Rich collection of form objects

Effectively add/edit time units

A new editor is now available for you to easily add and edit multiple time units at once.

Show/Hide lane index

Show/Hide lane indexes

Lane indexes can now be set hidden, which enables you to model non-ordered work packages/programmes/projects.

Viewpoint improvements

Viewpoint improvements

The Viewpoints feature has been enhanced to cover non-ArchiMate shape as well as to include new functionality. Here is a list of enhancements:

  • Control palette items with ANY shape types, with ANY combination. For instance, you may define palette that allows the use of UML Class and ArchiMate Business Role.
  • Use of stereotype when defining palette items.

To create and manage viewpoints, select Modeling > Manage Viewpoints from the main menu to open the Viewpoints Management window.

Connector Legend

Like the Shape Legend and Color Legend feature, the new Connector Legend feature enables you to quickly create connectors through the pre-defined connector shortcuts. Each of these shortcuts allows creation of specific type of connector in specific visual font, foreground and background color, which ensures the consistent and correct use of connector type among the model.

Connector legend

Sub-diagrams management with ETL tables

ETL Table is a convenient way to list particular type of elements in a selected scope, with the elements and their properties listed as table rows and columns. ETL Table is powerful in that it allows the querying of model data in a propagated manner. In the new version, the querying mechanism has been improved by supporting the querying of sub-diagrams. You can now list, add and access the sub-diagrams of elements effectively through ETL Table.

Sub-diagrams management with ETL tables

Gantt Chart

Plan your projects and tasks with our intuitive Gantt chart software. It is a project planner and Gantt chart software that saves your time and makes work easier. Just jump in and start planning tasks. No training required.

Gantt Chart tool

Revamped diagram list in VP Online Diagrams

The diagram list of VP Online Diagrams has been re-developed both for better navigability of diagrams and the introduction of new functionality.

Revamped Diagram List in VP Online Diagrams
Sorted diagram types

Sorted diagram types

A list layout is introduced as a replacement of the original diagram tree. The sorted list makes it much easier to locate the diagram you need.

Filter by name

Filter by name

You don't need to scroll up and down to find a diagram. Simply use the filter function to get the diagram you want.

Recently created diagrams

Recently created diagrams

The diagram types you created will be stored and listed under the Recent pane for quick accessing in the future.

Define your own VP Online Diagrams

You can now define your own VP Online Diagram types by selecting the stencils needed and creating the default content. Here are the steps in brief:

  1. On the left hand side of the main page of VP Online Diagrams, expand the User Template pane.
  2. Click on Create Template and provide a name for the diagram type.
  3. This opens a blank diagram. In the diagram, configure the palette by adding the stencils the diagram required. To add stencils, click on + Shapes... at the bottom of the palette.
  4. Select the stencils and confirm.
  5. Save the diagram. The created diagram is now a template. You can find it under the User Template pane and create diagrams from it.
Edit Customer Journey Map's chart data via full editor

Form Builder - Design your forms

We support your data collection needs by introducing a new form builder that is feature-rich and intuitive. You can create your own forms using our drag-and-drop form builder that has all the layout tools, form fields and flexibility you need. Choose from a vast collection of form templates to create registration forms, order forms, feedback forms and more.

Drag-and-drop form designer

Drag-and-drop form designer

Drag the fields you need and drop them on the form editor. Drag to move fields and adjust layout. Form building is simple and intuitive.

Rich collection of form objects

Rich collection of form objects

A rich set of fields is there to support both standard and advanced form design needs - text, image, choices, boolean, separator, etc.

Flexible layout

Flexible layout

Easily adjust the ratio of fields through dragging the slider between fields. The result will reflect instantly as you drag.

You can create a Form through the New Diagram window.

Form sharing and data collectors

Share your form with your target audiences via a secure link or embed it into a page on your website.

Web link

Web link

Share your form via a secure link. We host your forms and help you collect the data you need to get business done.

Embedded code

Embedded code

An engaging form on your website is a great way to collect the information you need from your target audiences. You can embed your form seamlessly into a page on your website to collect data.

Form Builder - Form data browser

Collected data can be viewed in a summary table or directly in the form editor. You can also export data in CSV format.

Brosing form results

Quality control toolset

Quality control experts make use of the so-called "7 Basic Tools of Quality" to improve their organizations as part of an overall quality control effort. The 7 tools are graphing techniques that are commonly used for quality control troubleshooting purposes. Visual Paradigm features these 7 tools, along with a unique dashboard-like feature that helps you manage the use of these tools in different quality initiatives.

Quality control toolset

3 new chart makers for quality initiatives

Our quality control toolset is enhanced to support three new chart types. Together with our flowchart maker, check sheet tool, scatter chart maker and cause and effect diagram tool, you can now perform quality with the help of all the 7 basic quality tools.

Pareto Chart

Pareto Chart is a combination of bar chart and line chart, where individual values are represented in descending order by bars, and the cumulative total is represented by the line.

Control Chart

Control Chart helps in studying whether a process is in control or not. In a Control Chart, process mean is plotted at center and the upper and lower control limits are plotted on both sides of it. The values lying outside the control limits indicate that the process is out of control.


Histogram is a kind of bar chart that shows the distribution pattern of data. Histograms are useful in studying patterns of distribution and in drawing conclusions about the process based on the pattern.

Quality Control Canvas

Quality Control Canvas is a management tool that helps you manage your charts and diagrams created for quality initiatives. The canvas provides you with direct access to the various quality tools such as flowchart, control chart, cause and effect diagram, pareto chart, etc. You can simply click on a tool to start creating your chart and diagram.

Quality Control Canvas
Dashboard of quality tools

Dashboard of quality tools

Access to all the seven quality tools within the same place - the canvas. You don't have to move between pages and applications to find the tool you need.

Keep all your works in one place

Keep all your works in one place

Each item in the canvas stores all the charts in same type, which makes it easy for you and your colleague to access your work.

Intuitive chart editor

Intuitive chart editor

Easily input your data in a spreadsheet editor. The chart preview enables you to view the result instantly as you input your data..

To use this feature, select Tools > Quality Control from the toolbar.

Multiple templates to fit different quality initiatives

Multiple quality control templates are provided to support the different kinds of quality control needs.

7 Basic Quality Tools

The 7 Basic QC Tools QC template provides quick access to the seven simple yet effective "tools of Improvement" suggested by Kaoru Ishikawa, one of the quality management gurus. The tools are widely used as visual problem-solving tool and as general management tools in design and delivery processes.

Six Sigma (DMAIC)

Six Sigma is an organization-wide approach used to specify how organization managers set up and achieve objectives. Six Sigma prescribes an improvement process called DMAIC. The DMAIC QC template visualizes the classification of different quality tools in the Six Sigma methodology.


The PDCA-cycle is popular management method used for the continuous improvement of business processes and products. The PDCA QC template visualizes the use of quality tools in realizing continuous improvements throughout a PDCA cycle.

Business Model Canvas

Visualize your business model in a nice one-page canvas. The latest version of Visual Paradigm features an intuitive Business Model Canvas editor for you to build your Business Model Canvas quickly.

Business Model Canvas

You can create a Business Model Canvas through the New Diagram window.

Business Model Canvas is designed by Strategyzer.com.
The Business Model Canvas is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Rich collection of professionally designed template

Create your own Business Model Canvas with our pre-developed templates. No matter what niche you are in, you will be able to find a template that fits your need well. While you can use them all as they are, feel free to add your personal touch and customize them.

Analysis Canvas Tool - Build your own canvas

If you want a way to capture and organize your ideas, then an analysis canvas is a useful, quick and easy way to do so. Categorize your ideas by splitting a canvas into multiple partitions. Add memo and sticky notes into the partitions to describe your ideas. Publish the canvas online and share it with your co-workers, partners and friends. Visual Paradigm provides a convenient Analysis Canvas tool that helps you achieve all these.

Analysis Canvas Tool

Build your canvas with ease

Start from a pre-defined template or from scratch. Structure your ideas into different partitions with simple steps. Adjust the cell size by dragging the splitter.

Rich collection of memo and sticky notes

Rich collection of memo and sticky notes

Jot your thoughts and ideas down onto the canvas as they develop and grow, using sticky notes and memos. A rich collection of notes and memos is provided. They have different looks and colors that serve and fit different needs and preferences.

100+ pre-designed Analysis Canvas templates

Over 100 professionally designed Analysis Canvas templates with ready-to-use layouts and icons are available. They serve as good starting points for you to build your own canvas.

Process integration

Process connector

No more process silos! Manage your enterprise, business and IT processes with our all-round process management tools, and have they integrated using Process Connector. Process Connector provides process designers an option to establish a navigable linkage from one process to another. No matter you are working on Guide-Through process like TOGAF ADM Guide-Through, Just-in-Time process like PMBOK Just-in-Time or Process Canvas like Scrum Process Canvas, you can connect them using Process Connector.

To use Process Connector, unlock your Guide-Through Process / Just-in-Time Process / Process Canvas to enter editing / authoring mode.

30+ new online diagrams

30+ new types of diagram have be added into Visual Paradigm since V.15.2 ranging from software design, business design, UX design, flowcharting, quality control, mind mapping, cloud architecture design, and to decision analysis, etc. You want even more new types of diagram to fit your specific need? No problem! Simply suggest them in the User Forum.

30+ new online diagrams

Software and business design

Enterprise Integration Patterns diagram tool

Enterprise Integration Patterns

System context diagram tool

System context diagram

Arrow diagram software

Arrow diagram

Problem flow diagram tool

Problem flow diagram

Information flow diagram software

Information flow diagram

Affinity diagram tool

Affinity diagram

Interrelationship diagram tool

Interrelationship diagram

Causal loop diagram tool

Causal loop diagram

Enterprise architecture diagram tool

Enterprise architecture diagram

Dendrogram maker


Flowchart makers

Cross-functional flowchart maker

Cross-functional flowchart

Microsoft Azure

SDL diagram

Audit flowchart maker

Audit flowchart

Accounting flowchart maker

Accounting flowchart

Organizational chart makers

Family tree maker

Family tree

Genogram software


Kinship diagram maker

Kinship diagram

Quality control diagrams

Threat modeling tool

Threat model

TQM diagram tool

TQM diagram

Fault Tree Analysis software

Fault Tree Analysis

UX design

Site map diagram tool

Site map diagram

Material design wireframe tool

Material design diagram

Atlassian wireframe tool

Atlassian wireframe

Wired UI diagram tool

Wired UI diagram

Fluent Design wireframe tool

Fluent Design wireframe

Mind Mapping

Concept map diagram tool

Concept map diagram

Bubble diagram maker

Bubble diagram

Seating chart

Create beautiful and professional seating chart in minutes with the help of the drag-and-drop feature and the full set of seating plan icons and props.

Event Hall Seating Plan

Event Hall Seating Plan

Banquet Hall Seating Plan

Banquet Hall Seating Plan

Restaurant Seating Plan

Restaurant Seating Plan

Huawei Cloud architecture diagram

Design your Huawei Cloud architecture using the Huawei Cloud architecture tool. Full set of ready-made Huawei cloud symbols that help you accurately communicate your design ideas through Huawei architecture diagrams.

Enterprise-level disaster tolerance service

Enterprise-level disaster tolerance service

Enterprise cloud disk solution

Enterprise cloud disk solution

SAP common architecture

SAP common architecture

Decision analysis and others

Decision tree tool

Decision tree

Timeline diagram

Timeline diagram

Turn your Google Sheet data into beautiful chart

Turn your Google Sheet data into beautiful chart

Automatically form a chart from data entered in your Google Sheet. With auto refresh, changes you made in the sheet will reflect in the chart automatically, keeping your work consistent.

VP Online Diagrams Enhancements

VP Online Diagrams has been enhanced with a lot of new and useful features, as listed below:

  • Diagram history
  • Mass shape copying (include gap resizer)
  • Ruler
  • Freehand shape
  • Pareto chart - Display percentage for each column
  • Embedded diagram
  • Angled text
  • Fit width of shapes in rack diagram
  • Fit height/width of stacks in column and bar chart
Online diagram enhancements

Kerberos authentication

Kerberos is a network authentication protocol designed to provide strong authentication for client/server applications by using secret-key cryptography. Your team can now authenticate through Kerberos.

Kerberos authentication

Edit Customer Journey Map's chart data via full editor

You can use charts in a Customer Journey Map to represent statistical data. The experience of editing is now improved. You can now edit chart data via the full spreadsheet editor.

Edit Customer Journey Map's chart data via full editor

Network symbols

New VP Online Diagrams stencils availability

VP Online Diagrams is updated to include a set of new stencils as listed below.

  • AWS 3D
  • Active Directory
  • Allied Telesis
  • Cisco
  • Cisco Safe
  • Cumulus
  • Citrix
  • Office
  • Veeam
  • VMWare

File Upload component in VP Forms

Seek file(s) from form submittors by using file upload component in your forms. The files received can be easily retrieved from the Result page.

Just-in-Time Process Map Enhancements

Profile Diagram

Profile diagram is now a general diagram type

Profile Diagram provides a visual way to define stereotypes to use in your project. It contains stereotypes with their tags and inter-relationships like generalizations and associations defined.

In previous versions, you are allowed to create Profile Diagram in defining a profile. From now on, you can create Profile Diagram for general purpose like other diagram types.

Just-in-Time Process Map enhancements

Numerous formatting options have been supported for the Just-in-Time Process Map, which makes it possible to categorize work items and columns with different color code. Here is a list of supported options:

  • Text alignment of work item and column headers
  • Sizable work items
  • Colored work items
  • Configurable column width
  • Plain style column header in addition to the traditional chevron style
  • Cell padding
  • Cell background
  • Font weight support for lane headers
  • Font size for work items, column headers and lanes
Just-in-Time Process Map Enhancements

Features availability: Professional Edition

Starting from version 16.1, the following features will be available in Visual Paradigm Professional Edition.

Just-in-Time Project Management

Just-in-Time Project Management [...]

Just-in-Time PMBOK

Just-in-Time PMBOK [...]

Project Management Guide-Through

Project Management Guide-Through [...]

Business Motivation Model Guide-Through

Business Motivation Model Guide-Through [...]

Business Reengineering Canvas

Business Reengineering Canvas [...]

Features availability: Standard Edition

Starting from version 16.1, the following features will be available in Visual Paradigm Standard Edition.

Zachman Framework

Zachman Framework [...]

Decision Table

Decision Table [...]


Wireflow [...]


Prototyping [...]

Visual REST API Designer

Visual REST API Designer [...]

Customer Journey Mapping

Customer Journey Mapping [...]

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