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View Visio Files on Android (and Windows Phone)
June 4, 2017 – 6:43 pm | No Comment
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 – 4:15 pm | 4 Comments
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 – 5:44 pm | One Comment
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 – 10:44 am | One Comment
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 – 2:20 am | 3 Comments
Turning Pages in Visio

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

iPad Viewer for Visio by Nektony
August 31, 2016 – 2:18 pm | 2 Comments
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 – 5:54 pm | No Comment
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 – 6:15 pm | 3 Comments
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 – 11:29 am | One Comment
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 – 1:35 pm | No Comment
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 – 3:57 pm | 2 Comments
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 – 5:44 pm | No Comment
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 – 4:50 pm | One Comment
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 – 5:15 pm | No Comment
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.

Über Rack Unit Dimension Line
April 19, 2016 – 4:03 pm | 3 Comments
Über Rack Unit Dimension Line

Learn about the features and usage of a new shape for labeling rack units on network equipment diagrams. The shape is fully configurable, and can be used to measure and label units of any size and name.

Word Cloud Area-filling Text Shape
November 25, 2015 – 12:44 pm | 7 Comments
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 – 12:09 pm | 2 Comments
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 – 2:00 pm | 2 Comments
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 – 11:09 am | No Comment
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 – 11:28 am | 4 Comments
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 – 2:51 pm | 5 Comments
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 – 11:45 am | 4 Comments
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 – 8:00 pm | 3 Comments
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 – 1:19 am | No Comment
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 – 1:50 pm | 5 Comments
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 – 9:00 pm | 6 Comments
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.

Time Lapse Circuit Diagram
September 18, 2014 – 4:50 pm | 4 Comments
Time Lapse Circuit Diagram

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 …

ShapeSheet through the Ages
September 17, 2014 – 9:26 am | 4 Comments
ShapeSheet through the Ages

This week on the Visio History Channel…
If you enjoyed yesterday’s walk down memory lane, and you lean toward the technical/programmer side, then you might enjoy this fluff piece–a look at the evolution of the ShapeSheet.

Visio Handles through the Ages
September 16, 2014 – 11:08 am | 5 Comments
Visio Handles through the Ages

Microsoft changes the look of Visio’s user interface from time to time. Most of the uproar came for Visio 2010 with the introduction of the dreaded Ribbon.
But Microsoft has also made changes to Visio’s shape-manipulation …

Creating Custom Bullets in Visio
September 15, 2014 – 4:29 pm | 2 Comments
Creating Custom Bullets in Visio

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, …

On the Road with Surface Pro 3
July 8, 2014 – 6:26 am | 31 Comments
On the Road with Surface Pro 3

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.

World Cup 2014 Country Flag Shapes
June 8, 2014 – 12:36 am | 3 Comments
World Cup 2014 Country Flag Shapes

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!