Visio 2013 CAD Import Fixed with SP1
February 28, 2014 – 10:22 am | 6 Comments | 2279 views

If you’ve been frustrated by the fuzziness of AutoCAD imports in Visio 2013 at high zoom levels, then you’ll be pleased to know that the issue has been fixed with SP1.

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History, Shapes »

Before There Was Visio, There Was SketchPad
November 19, 2013 | One Comment | 5436 views

Ah, the days before color, when engineers wore ties!

One of the inspirations for Visio was an experimental piece of software created a long, long time ago. I was happy to finally track it down on the internet, finding articles and demo videos that I’d like to share with you!
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Visio Tank Shapes
August 30, 2013 | No Comment | 6648 views
Visio Tank Shapes

A customer recently saw the Battle Zone post, and contacted me regarding “tank shapes” for Visio.
I had made a rather detailed tank illustration long ago, which you can see on the Visio Art Page, but …

New Visio 2013 Books
August 26, 2013 | 4 Comments | 7614 views
New Visio 2013 Books

The latest and greatest version of Visio–Visio 2013–has been available for over half a year already!
If you still feel like you’re missing out on super-cool features, or are struggling to get started, or just want …

Champions League 2013
May 11, 2013 | No Comment | 6575 views
Champions League 2013

Well, well well, guess who’s driving to Wembley on May 25 (2013)?

Simple House Ventilation Drawing
March 15, 2013 | 2 Comments | 14262 views
Simple House Ventilation Drawing

A recent browsing binge brought me to a simple illustration of a home ventilation system. I re-created it in Visio 2010, and decided to share it with you!

Visio Keep Calm Template
September 6, 2012 | No Comment | 24368 views
Visio Keep Calm Template

You might have seen this poster around town, on the internet, or decorating a colleague’s belly. More likely you’ve seen a humorous variation–it seems to have developed into quite the meme as of late.
Maybe you …

Illustrating a Hole in a Cylinder
August 13, 2012 | 2 Comments | 16054 views
Illustrating a Hole in a Cylinder

Visio is a 2D drawing and diagramming application that doesn’t support 3D modeling functions. But if you like to draw and aren’t afraid of advanced functionality, you can create some decent affects and save the …

New File Formats for Visio 2013
July 27, 2012 | 10 Comments | 24147 views
New File Formats for Visio 2013

The main stars of Microsoft Office have had an Open XML file format for several versions.
The next version of Visio does too!

facebook Like Data Graphic (Thumbs Up!)
May 18, 2012 | 2 Comments | 10461 views
facebook Like Data Graphic (Thumbs Up!)

Yay! It’s the weekend! Everyone’s checking facebook to see where Friday beer garden will be. And even if you’re not a facebook user,  news of their IPO has surely crossed your browser. Ah, another bunch …

Easy Music Note Paper with the Smart Staff Shape!
February 3, 2012 | 7 Comments | 14921 views
Easy Music Note Paper with the Smart Staff Shape!

Download pre-made music note paper with Smart Staff shapes that let you configure clef and key in just two clicks!

Roll em! New Visio 2010 Video Series by Visio MVPs
February 1, 2012 | 8 Comments | 15888 views
Roll em! New Visio 2010 Video Series by Visio MVPs

Learn about Visio 2010 the easy way! Watch these 24 videos from the Visio experts!

Shift Flowchart Shapes Automatically!
September 29, 2011 | 5 Comments | 19316 views
Shift Flowchart Shapes Automatically!

Learn how Visio 2010 helps you to insert steps in lengthy process flows without having to manually move other shapes out of the way!

Accessing the Web Edition for The Book
September 12, 2011 | 32 Comments | 18489 views
Accessing the Web Edition for The Book

My book Using Microsoft Visio 2010 comes with free web-based bonus material. Learn how to get it!

Using Microsoft Visio 2010 Book is Here!
May 19, 2011 | 13 Comments | 15289 views
Using Microsoft Visio 2010 Book is Here!

Using Microsoft Visio 2010 is my introductory book on mastering the latest incarnation of Visio. Come help me celebrate its publication!

Visio Baseball Scorecard
April 15, 2011 | No Comment | 12776 views
Visio Baseball Scorecard

Download this Visio Baseball Scorecard template and keep track of the bums and stars on your team!

Fit All Pages to Window in a Visio Document
April 13, 2011 | 10 Comments | 19004 views
Fit All Pages to Window in a Visio Document

If you create Visio documents with lots of pages, you probably like to quickly flip through all of them to check for visual consistency.
But if each page has been zoomed or panned, it can be …

Visio SmartFace
April 7, 2011 | One Comment | 12736 views
Visio SmartFace

Show the full range of human emotion with just a few clicks of this Visio “smart face” SmartShape!

Visio Fireplace Shapes
March 22, 2011 | 5 Comments | 17309 views
Visio Fireplace Shapes

Looking for plan view fireplace shapes?
In later versions of Visio, they seem to have disappeared!

March Madness 2011-NCAA Tournament Bracket in Visio
March 15, 2011 | No Comment | 9963 views
March Madness 2011-NCAA Tournament Bracket in Visio

Download your big dance tournament bracket for 2011 NCAA Basketball Tournament in Visio format.

Repeating Diamond Title Visio Shape
March 3, 2011 | No Comment | 9468 views
Repeating Diamond Title Visio Shape

Add cool titles to your documents with this repeating shape that encases text characters in individual diamonds.

HAL 9000: a Shape Odyssey
December 29, 2010 | 2 Comments | 12445 views
HAL 9000: a Shape Odyssey

Download a HAL 9000 Visio shape. This glowing eyeball is shiny and cool looking, and can be put to many different diagramming uses!

No Flash Blue Lego Visio Shape
December 23, 2010 | 5 Comments | 16484 views
No Flash Blue Lego Visio Shape

No documentation of Apple-related products would be complete without the Blue Lego Icon.
Whether you’re a UI Designer or a Smart @ss, you will surely be able to put this Visio SmartShape to use!

Data-linking Problem with 64-Bit Visio
December 22, 2010 | 4 Comments | 19182 views
Data-linking Problem with 64-Bit Visio

I ran into a problem linking Visio shapes to Excel data the other day. If you are running 64-bit versions of Windows and Microsoft Office, you might run into the same problem.
Fortunately, the solution was …

Husky & Cougar Visio Logo Shapes
December 3, 2010 | 6 Comments | 15421 views
Husky & Cougar Visio Logo Shapes

Dec. 29 2010. The Huskies have weaseled their way into a bowl game, a rematch with Nebraska today.
GO DAWGS!

New Article about Validation Rules in Visio 2010
October 21, 2010 | No Comment | 51944 views
New Article about Validation Rules in Visio 2010

What if you could click a button and have Visio notify you if a drawing was incorrect, had errors, or did not follow your company’s standards?
Visio 2010 offers this capability, and more information is coming …

Visio Eye Chart Template
September 29, 2010 | 5 Comments | 17121 views
Visio Eye Chart Template

Eye charts can be fun when…you’re not at the Eye Doctor!
This Visio eye chart template allows you to quickly create your own eye chart to amuse your audience and get your point across!

Visio Beer Maßkrug SmartShape
September 23, 2010 | 8 Comments | 13511 views
Visio Beer Maßkrug SmartShape

Oktoberfest meets Visio with this intelligently-resizing beer stein (Maßkrug) shape. Prost!

Visio and SharePoint Article Series
September 14, 2010 | 3 Comments | 15251 views
Visio and SharePoint Article Series

Visio Services for SharePoint has people excited about melding two great technologies together.
Wictor Wilén is a SharePoint expert who has started a series of articles about Visio 2010 and SharePoint 2010 that you’ll want …

How to Publish Visio 2010 Drawings to a SharePoint Site
September 2, 2010 | 3 Comments | 19291 views
How to Publish Visio 2010 Drawings to a SharePoint Site

Are you a Visio user?
Is your company using SharePoint Server 2010?
Wonder how you can make them work together?

BPMN Process Modeling: A Conversation With Bruce Silver
August 18, 2010 | 2 Comments | 13930 views
BPMN Process Modeling: A Conversation With Bruce Silver

If you’re excited about the new Business Process Modeling features in Visio 2010, we’ve found an interview with BPM industry expert Bruce Silver that you’ll find interesting!

Take Control of Visio Window Arrangement with AquaSnap!
August 1, 2010 | 4 Comments | 14113 views
Take Control of Visio Window Arrangement with AquaSnap!

Read how the AquaSnap utility can be used to help you more easily arrange Visio child windows, and with greater control!

Visio in Concert!
July 22, 2010 | 17 Comments | 17463 views
Visio in Concert!

See how Visio is used to layout stage details for orchestral performances in concert halls.

Sample Chapter for Rules & Validation Book
July 21, 2010 | 2 Comments | 13551 views
Sample Chapter for Rules & Validation Book

You might have heard about David Parker’s new book about Visio 2010 Premium’s Rules and Validation for process diagramming.
We’ve just discovered that there’s a free chapter available online, so you can kick the tires before …