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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If you like hockey or are interested in Visio’s data-linking capabilities, then you’ll be interested in these free shapes, and this free article!
A recent foray into learning a new instrument spurred the development of a Visio SmartShape that can be used to annotate trumpet valve fingerings on sheet music.
Microsoft has just released a new set of online training videos for Visio 2016. I’ve created detailed outlines of the course material and provided direct links to pages and modules within their website so you can instantly jump to the content you want to digest!
If you work with Amazon’s AWS services, you’ll likely need to create architecture diagrams to assist in your planning and maintenance. Amazon provides a set of shapes for use with Visio, but I’ve added my touch and provided a new and improved set for you to download!
Visio 2013/16 and newer have added wonderful formatting effects. But how they modify your shapes can be a bit strange. I’ve figured out a few of the odd cases and would like to share my findings with you!
Detecting the units of a drawing page can be useful for creating reactive SmartShapes that can behave nicely in both Metric or US-unit environments.
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!
Come on in and check it out!
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?
For small documents, turning pages in Visio is pretty straightforward. But when your file grows to be 30 or 60 pages long (yes, people do this in Visio!), some other techniques will make your Visio-document-navigation life a bit simpler.
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!
There’s a new book on data visualization with Visio. And it is probably as good as its title is long!
If you’re interested in the deeper workings of Visio, then you’ll be interested in a series of videos that I’ve been in remiss in reporting!
Sometimes you really need shapes that can’t be connected to. While Visio has settings in the UI for doing this, they don’t fully work. This article will show you the workaround!
Download this free template that will help you to create a Venn-inspired, hierarchical bubble diagram! The nifty Visio SmartShape behavior makes creating these types of diagrams fun and easy!
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.
I’ve made a Visio diagram that will help you track the progress of the UEFA European Cup 2016.
If you use Visio to create scaled plan views that include electrical equipment, you may have a need to rough-out actual, to-scale cable paths–and even get accurate estimates as to how much cabling you’ll need. This article explores just how you can go about it!
2016.05.23 – The full version and free trial are now available! [Read more…] about Über Rack Unit Dimension Line
The interesting problem of fitting words into arbitrarily-sized rectangular areas has been lurking in the dark corners of my D:\ drive for a while now. Today I decided to do something about it, and offer you a cool SmartShape to create interesting visuals with.
The area-filling text shape lends itself to creating Word Clouds and graphics that use text in a matrix- or tabular style.
If you like Microsoft’s ecosystem of devices and software, then you’ve been waiting for a new
Nokia Lumia handset for a looong time. Well the wait is just about over, and the only questions remaining are: 1. Are they too expensive? and 2. Which one is the right size for me?
We’ll tackle question number 2 today with a handy Visio download!
The states in the USA are all over the map when it comes to total area (aka, “size”).
We all love data visualizations on maps, but the wide range of state sizes can distort visual messages.
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 on the topic in a full-blown article.
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 properly. But I thought I’d make this video to show off some capabilities and point out general concepts that might help to make useful SmartShapes.
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 VisGuy.com running, those that helped to keep it an interesting place to visit, and to those who write software that make my life easier.
PhotoShop, Illustrator and SketchBook Pro users have all the fun. They make these cool, time-lapse videos, set to trendy, fast-paced music. I know Visio isn’t as cool as those other apps, but a lot of people still love using it. And they like music too! So I whipped out my trusty Camtasia Studio/Recorder and gave it a shot.
But Microsoft has also made changes to Visio’s shape-manipulation handles, thereby rendering millions of painstakingly-created screenshots on websites the world over instantly obsolete, and confusing users everywhere.
As a reference point for users using older and newer versions of Visio, and just out of plain curiosity, I’m rehashing the look of Visio shape handles for Visio 2000, 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2013. Have fun!
A customer/fan asked me the other day how to create custom bullets in Visio using a character he’d carefully selected from the Wingdings font. He had dug his way deep into the text editing dialog, and had actually found the right place for customizing bullets, but he couldn’t quite get it to work.
It turns out he was making it just a bit more complicated than it needed to be. When I looked into it, I found that the process was indeed a bit unclear. So let’s walk through creating custom bullets in Visio, and clear up any muddiness that you might encounter along the way.
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!
This time, you get a single shape, with no need for VBA macro code!
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 the surface to way down in the Earth’s crust.
My most recent research on the subject came to an exciting conclusion: there’s nothing for me to do here, because somebody’s already done it!
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!
[Read more…] about Before There Was Visio, There Was SketchPad
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 that was a bit overkill for them. Plus they wanted something that looked like an M1 Abrams main battle tank.
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 to visit every nook and cranny of the product, there are two new books aimed at beginners and intermediate users.
Well, well well, guess who’s driving to Wembley on May 25 (2013)?
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!