World Cup 2014 Country Flag Shapes
June 8, 2014 – 12:36 am | 2 Comments | 1827 views

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is nigh, soccer/football fever is at a…er…pitch, and it’s time for another topical Visio Guy article and download!

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On the Road with Surface Pro 3
July 8, 2014 | 3 Comments | 362 views

surface-pro-3-thumbIn this ongoing post, I’ll relate my experiences and impressions of life with my shiny-new Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 3 tablet/ultrabook.

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Text on a Circle Visio Shape
May 9, 2014 | 4 Comments | 4808 views
Text on a Circle Visio Shape

Many Visio users would like to create graphics with text running around a circle. I’ve come up with a third iteration to solving this problem.
This time, you get a single shape, with no need for …

Drilling with Visio
May 7, 2014 | 3 Comments | 2493 views
Drilling with Visio

For years I’ve been toying with the idea of creating a set of shapes for well bore diagrams. Well bore schematic drawings show the important, ahem, bits, of an oil drilling system from up on …

3-Label Dynamic Connector: Input Methods
April 24, 2014 | 11 Comments | 5079 views
3-Label Dynamic Connector: Input Methods

I’ve been working on a three-label, Visio dynamic connector and thought I’d share some of my design thoughts with you.

Visio 2013 CAD Import Fixed with SP1
February 28, 2014 | 12 Comments | 5944 views
Visio 2013 CAD Import Fixed with SP1

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.

Before There Was Visio, There Was SketchPad
November 19, 2013 | One Comment | 8850 views
Before There Was Visio, There Was SketchPad

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 …

Visio Tank Shapes
August 30, 2013 | No Comment | 7708 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 | 9234 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 | 7328 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 | 15991 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 | 27060 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 | 18011 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 | 27823 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 | 11229 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 | 16801 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 | 19668 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 | 21234 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 | 19905 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 | 16390 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 | 14107 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 | 20592 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 | 13610 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 | 19392 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 | 10831 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 | 10059 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 | 13754 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 | 18534 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 | 21945 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 | 17498 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 | 57263 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 …

Seattle Seahawks Visio SmartShape
October 15, 2010 | 2 Comments | 14241 views
Seattle Seahawks Visio SmartShape

The Seattle Seahawks logo is used to illustrate how Visio SmartShape behavior can make cool graphics easy to use and infinitely more useful.

Visio Eye Chart Template
September 29, 2010 | 5 Comments | 20345 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 | 15458 views
Visio Beer Maßkrug SmartShape

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