Through the VGOBN (Visio Good Ol’ Boys Network) I recently received a finely-crafted Audio-Visual Shapes Visio stencil, full of shapes that you can use to layout your home theater wiring projects. The stencil is comprised of various terminal connectors, such as RCA Audio and RCA Video terminals, as well as various shapes for the back-plate and functional groups.
Many thanks to Tom Underhill for these shapes. Tom is a very smart engineer who used to work for Visio Corporation, and now does incredible things for Microsoft. You are welcome to send Tom praise and comments at “firstname.lastname@example.org” but remove all three of the hyphens first.
Here’s a list of the shapes included in the document stencil of the Visio drawing:
- Back Plate
- Component 2
- Mini Headphone
- Dual Patch
- Triple Patch
- RCA Video
- RCA Audio
- RCA AV
- RCA Digital
- Speaker Terminal
- Terminal Block
And a screenshot of the stencil to give you a better idea of what they look like:
Not satisfied to leave well-enough alone, I threw in a Smart Back Plate shape that allows you to quickly reposition a text label by right-clicking:
This functionality is probably easy enough to do using Visio’s text editing toolbar buttons, but hey, this is a site for Visio Developers so I just had to customize something!
Hope you enjoy Tom’s AV Components Visio shapes!
Below is a list of resources for shapes, stencils and drawings that relate to AV diagrams. Some products are for sale, others are free to download.
- If you do a lot of AV work, and just love Visio, then you might be intersted in products from d-Tools. Check out the d-Tools product page and find out what they have to offer for Professional System Integrators.
- If you work with Bosch Security Systems, there are a bunch of free Visio stencils and shapesat this address.
- John Marshall’s Visio Download Sites has a huge list of Visio resources, some of which contain content relating to this post.
- NetZoom produces accurate representations of thousands of pieces of network equipment. They also appear to have sets of AV Equipment shapes. Have a look!