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Apple iPhone Network Shape

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Read Full ArticleI know, I know, you’re probably thinking what I’m thinking: I’m just not cool enough to be a Mac person…

But that doesn’t mean we have to go without!

Yup! It’s time for another overdrawn Visio Network shape, like the Logitech VX Revolution Mouse Shape, the Thinkpad Network Shape. or the USB Stick Shape.

Since it’s Easter Sunday, and things are slow around here, I was in the mood to create something pretty. And of all the new gadgets on the market, few are prettier than the sensational Apple iPhone and the Apple iPod Touch.

So for you Apple fans who still use PCs, and for you die-hard Windows fans who appreciate a bit of sarcasm, please enjoy the Apple iPhone Visio Network Shape.

<haha> And NO, there won’t be a Mac Version of this shape… </haha>

Below is a view of the shape in all its glory. I was trying to be cool, like PowerPoint 2007 and create a neat SmartArt reflection-effect. Needless to say, this was WAY harder to do than I thought it would be, but like I said: it’s a slow day.

Even importing the Visio object into PowerPoint and applying the SmartArt effect didn’t really do what I wanted, so I ended up doing a lot of this by hand, like a…um…graphic artist…


Apple iPhone Network Shape - Full View

You can leave comments at the end of this article on how Cool this is, and “oh my God!”, etc.

Unfortunately, that spiffy reflection doesn’t come with the download. More things to leave comments about…


The shape behaves like a standard Visio Network Shape. It has text that can be repositioned by a control handle. It has a connection point at its center. It has the standard data fields that you find on Visio network shapes, behaves well with the Visio Legend shapes, and behaves well with Themes.

You should be able to add it to your Favorites stencil (File > Shapes > My Shapes > Favorites) and be diagramming your department’s cell-phone network in no time!

Shape Data Fields

The shape has all of the Shape Data (Custom Property) fields that you expect from Visio network shapes:

  1. AssetNumber
  2. AdminInterface
  3. Building
  4. CommunityString
  5. CPU
  6. HardDriveSize
  7. IPAddress
  8. Location
  9. NumberofPorts
  10. MACAddress
  11. Manufacturer
  12. Memory
  13. NetworkDescription
  14. NetworkName
  15. OperatingSystem
  16. PartNumber
  17. ProductDescription
  18. ProductNumber
  19. Room
  20. SerialNumber
  21. ShapeClass
  22. ShapeType
  23. SubnetMask
  24. SubShapeType


You can see, the shape is designed to behave well with Visio 2007’s new Themes features:


Apple iPhone Network Shape - Themes

click to view larger image

When creating “over-drawn” shapes, I like to at least make them as efficient as possible. That means getting rid of unnecessary grouping, and combining shapes with like-formatting into single shapes.

While I was checking for inefficiencies, I came up with the idea to show an exploded view of the shape-construction involved with today’s download. Here’s a pretty picture of the Apple iPhone shape’s anatomy:

Apple iPhone Network Shape - Exploded View

We hope you enjoy this addition to your Visio network shapes!

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