Amazon AWS Visio Shapes
January 31, 2018 – 1:26 am | One Comment | 1314 views

Download my own version of improved Amazon AWS Visio shapes for use in your architecture drawings!

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Link Fields to Subshape Text
February 14, 2018 | No Comment | 328 views

Many Visio users discover how to insert fields into the text of Visio shapes to display data contained in Shape Data fields. But they become frustrated when they add multiple text blocks to grouped shapes, as the process becomes more tricky. Let’s take a look at how to do this!

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NHL Team Logo Visio Shapes
February 12, 2018 | No Comment | 432 views
NHL Team Logo Visio Shapes

Download a set of NHL Visio shapes and learn about Visio’s data-linking features. Or just monitor standings and manage office betting pools graphically, if you’d rather!

Trumpet Valve Fingerings Visio Shape
January 31, 2018 | No Comment | 773 views
Trumpet Valve Fingerings Visio Shape

Download this Visio SmartShape for illustrating trumpet valve fingerings, and use it to annotate sheet music. You or your students will be playing beautiful music in no time!

Visio 2016 Training Videos
January 31, 2018 | 2 Comments | 960 views
Visio 2016 Training Videos

I’ve provided detail outlines to this new series of Visio 2016 videos put together by Microsoft. With the outlines, you can jump straight to the videos that interest you!

Fuzzy Shadow on Text Oddity
December 20, 2017 | No Comment | 1774 views
Fuzzy Shadow on Text Oddity

Visio 2013/16 has wonderful new formatting effects. But how they modify your shapes can be a bit strange. Read about the anomalies, and how to work around the strangeness!

Vector Math Shape: Dot- & Cross Product Fun
November 28, 2017 | No Comment | 2079 views
Vector Math Shape: Dot- & Cross Product Fun

The downloadable Visio shape lets you visually manipulate the points that form a triangle, and see how the numerical data for the vectors that define the triangle change. You can see the vector data, dot-products, cross-products, as well as the area of the triangle defined.

Detect Drawing Units in the ShapeSheet
November 19, 2017 | 6 Comments | 4797 views
Detect Drawing Units in the ShapeSheet

Learn how to create a ShapeSheet formula that can detect the measuring units of a drawing page. Apply this information to create reactive SmartShapes that can behave nicely in both Metric or US-unit environments.

Stroke-Dasharray Shape for Visio Custom Line Patterns
October 11, 2017 | 2 Comments | 9400 views
Stroke-Dasharray Shape for Visio Custom Line Patterns

Define dash patterns with this clever Visio SmartShape, and use it to easily create your own custom line patterns!

View Visio Files on Android (and Windows Phone)
June 4, 2017 | No Comment | 6651 views
View Visio Files on Android (and Windows Phone)

If you’ve got an Android or Windows phone, and you receive Visio files via e-mail attachments, there IS a way to view them while you are on the go!

Visio Circle Arrows 2013
December 29, 2016 | 12 Comments | 27709 views
Visio Circle Arrows 2013

There’s a new arrows-on-circle Visio SmartShape for you to download. It plays nicely with Visio 2013 and newer versions.
Come on in and check it out!

Visio Viewer for iPad (and iPhone)
December 17, 2016 | One Comment | 11349 views
Visio Viewer for iPad (and iPhone)

Microsoft has finally released a free Visio Viewer for iOS devices!

Thoughts on Surface Dial and Visio
December 14, 2016 | One Comment | 13240 views
Thoughts on Surface Dial and Visio

Now that Microsoft has the new Surface Dial on offer, your non-mousehand will have something to fiddle with besides Ctrl + Z! What does it all mean?

Turning Pages in Visio
December 12, 2016 | 3 Comments | 13618 views
Turning Pages in Visio

Learn how to navigate pages in Visio documents like a pro!

iPad Viewer for Visio by Nektony
August 31, 2016 | 2 Comments | 11582 views
iPad Viewer for Visio by Nektony

If you’ve ever been frustrated by trying to open a Visio attachment while browsing e-mails from your iPad on the couch, then you might be interested in this Visio viewer…for the iPad!

New Book: Mastering Data Visualization with Microsoft Visio Professional 2016
July 18, 2016 | One Comment | 17196 views
New Book: Mastering Data Visualization with Microsoft Visio Professional 2016

There’s a new book on data visualization with Visio. And it is probably as good as its title is long!
 

Visio Nerd Videos – For Developers!
July 14, 2016 | 3 Comments | 16911 views
Visio Nerd Videos – For Developers!

Watch these videos on Visio developer-related topics to learn how Visio works under-the-hood, and control it programmatically!

Truly “No-Glue-To” Shapes
July 12, 2016 | 3 Comments | 15286 views
Truly “No-Glue-To” Shapes

Learn how to create shapes that absolutely will not be glued-to by Visio’s dynamic connectors, and how to workaround an “issue” where the normal procedure fails.

Venn Bubble Diagram Hierarchy Thingamajig Template
July 11, 2016 | No Comment | 14151 views
Venn Bubble Diagram Hierarchy Thingamajig Template

Download this free template that will help you to create a Venn-inspired, hierarchical bubble diagram using some nifty Visio SmartShapes!

AutoCAD 2013 + Visio 2016 + Webcast July 12
July 6, 2016 | 2 Comments | 13851 views
AutoCAD 2013 + Visio 2016 + Webcast July 12

Sign up for a webcast about working adjacently with CAD and Visio 2016, and get the lowdown on the new support for AutoCAD 2013 formats.

Alt > File > Brexit
June 28, 2016 | No Comment | 10242 views
Alt > File > Brexit

Fellow MVP David Parker from bVisual.net just posted a link to a very topical blog post that he made a few years ago.

UEFA Euro Cup 2016 Visio Diagram
June 10, 2016 | One Comment | 11350 views
UEFA Euro Cup 2016 Visio Diagram

I’ve made a Visio diagram that will help you track the progress of the UEFA European Cup 2016.

Simple Cabling Shape with Length Reporting
June 6, 2016 | No Comment | 18559 views
Simple Cabling Shape with Length Reporting

Learn how to create a simple cable shape with any arbitrary path that displays its length, even when changed or edited.

Word Cloud Area-filling Text Shape
November 25, 2015 | 7 Comments | 17706 views
Word Cloud Area-filling Text Shape

Download a clever Visio SmartShape that sizes text to fit rectangles of any dimension!

Lumia 950 vs. 950XL Comparison Template
November 20, 2015 | 2 Comments | 16637 views
Lumia 950 vs. 950XL Comparison Template

Download this Visio template to print out accurate, life-sized renditions of the new Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL smart phones, then decide which one is the right size for you!

USA States Map with Equal-sized States
September 4, 2015 | 2 Comments | 26326 views
USA States Map with Equal-sized States

Download an area-independent representation of the United States, which preserves important aspects of geography without distorting the statistical message due to the wide range of state sizes.

Unioning Shapes, and Cleaning Them Up
July 10, 2015 | No Comment | 26047 views
Unioning Shapes, and Cleaning Them Up

Visio has incredibly useful functions for slicing and merging shapes. But sometimes these shapes leave artifacts that can be a pain to clean up. Check out this simple trick to make it less painful!

Deleting Visio Shapes Programmatically
July 7, 2015 | 4 Comments | 36444 views
Deleting Visio Shapes Programmatically

A user recently asked a question in the forum; “How can I (programmatically) delete all but one shape on a Visio page?” While I answered the question directly in the forum, I thought I’d expand …

How to Show the Developer Ribbon Tab (and Why)
June 19, 2015 | 7 Comments | 27621 views
How to Show the Developer Ribbon Tab (and Why)

Many of the tips and tricks that I talk about (or want to talk about) on this site require the Developer Ribbon Tab. Find out how to turn it on, and what good it will …

Visio Minions SmartShape Concept
June 16, 2015 | 4 Comments | 25356 views
Visio Minions SmartShape Concept

Today I had the idea to make a Minions Visio SmartShape. I was primarily interested in controlling eye movement using ShapeSheet techniques.
As a responsible adult, I probably don’t (shouldn’t) have the time to finish it …

Text Outlines in Visio
March 1, 2015 | 3 Comments | 35072 views
Text Outlines in Visio

If you’ve ever wondered how to convert text to paths or vectors in Visio, then this article is for you–although the solution might not be what you expected!

2014 Donations
December 27, 2014 | No Comment | 31880 views
2014 Donations

As the year draws to a close, and we take time to reflect on the days, weeks and months of 2014, I thought I’d take a moment to thank those that have helped to keep …

Circles in Circle 1
November 18, 2014 | 5 Comments | 32642 views
Circles in Circle 1

In this first of a series of posts, we’ll use built-in Visio functionality to arrange small circles around the perimeter of a larger circle, at equal intervals.

On the Road with Surface Pro 3, Part 2
November 11, 2014 | 6 Comments | 32429 views
On the Road with Surface Pro 3, Part 2

In this ongoing series of posts, I’ll relate my experiences and impressions of life with my shiny-new Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 3 tablet/ultrabook.