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There’s a new book on data visualization with Visio. And it is probably as good as its title is long!
Watch these videos on Visio developer-related topics to learn how Visio works under-the-hood, and control it programmatically!
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.
I’ve made a Visio diagram that will help you track the progress of the UEFA European Cup 2016.
Download a clever Visio SmartShape that sizes text to fit rectangles of any dimension!
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
I’ve been working on a three-label, Visio dynamic connector and thought I’d share some of my design thoughts with you.
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 …
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 …
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 …
You might have heard about David Parker’s new book about Visio 2010 Premium’s Rules and Validation for process diagramming.
We’ve just discovered that there’s a free chapter available online, so you can kick the tires before …
Read about David Parker’s new book about Microsoft Visio 2010 Business Process Diagramming and Validation that helps you to create custom rule sets for validating your Visio 2010 Premium-based solutions!
Unfortunately, no one can be told what the ShapeSheet is. You have to see it for yourself.
Visio SmartShapes can be so much more than just clip-art. This is because the ShapeSheet allows shapes to …
A Visio Guy forum member asked the question: “How many nested IF statements can I stuff into a ShapeSheet formula?”
“Good question!”, I thought and went off to investigate!
Learn how Visio 2010’s flowchart shapes have gotten smarter and save you work!
Read about an interesting ShapeSheet technique to help you navigate big documents more easily.
Learn about new features in Visio 2010 that will help you to build better network rack diagrams, and download code to help you automate the process!
Web designers and AI folks need to know what colors they are using. And they need to know precisely.
Bright red, Fuchsia and Mauve just won’t do. They need exacting names like: #FF0000, #FF00FF and #E0B0FF.
See an extensive list of all the Visio add-ons that ship with each particular edition of Visio 2010: Premium, Pro or Standard.
If you’re a Visio developer, then Christmas has arrived! The Visio 2010 Software Development Kit has just been made available as a free download from Microsoft.com.
Are you developing Visio solutions that will be used across the Globe? Have you experienced strange behavior using ShapeSheet functions like INDEX, LOOKUP, SUM, RGB or others that involve lists of items?
If so, then you, …
A feature lacking in Visio, like for-EVER, is the ability to align text along a connector’s path.
Now, Visio 2010’s new ShapeSheet functions and capabilities finally deliver.
Today we’ll show-off the cool new connector that I’ve developed …
Download a tool that allows you to create a circular array of custom tick in seconds!
We all know the numbers of the months. January is Number One! July is the 7th month, and December is the 12th.
But some folks need to know which week it is, and Visio has no …
Do you have shapes that contain multiple colors that you’d like to easily change?
Wouldn’t it be neat to be able to specify those colors in Shape Data fields, along with other parameters for the shape?
It’s easy to use Visio and not notice some of the things that make it a great diagramming application.
One great feature is how shapes resize–or more aptly–how parts of shapes resize. If you’ve wondered about …
Find out what Sheet.1, Sheet.27 and Sheet.362 are called.
Connect shapes in numerical-order at the press of a button! Then download the VBA code to see how it’s done!