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Detect Drawing Units in the ShapeSheet
November 19, 2017 – 11:24 pm | 4 Comments | 172 views
Detect Drawing Units in the ShapeSheet

Learn how to create a ShapeSheet formula that can detect the measuring units of a drawing page. Apply this information to create reactive SmartShapes that can behave nicely in both Metric or US-unit environments.

Turning Pages in Visio
December 12, 2016 – 2:20 am | 3 Comments | 10098 views
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 | 8992 views
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 | One Comment | 13641 views
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 | 13911 views
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 | 12364 views
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.

UEFA Euro Cup 2016 Visio Diagram
June 10, 2016 – 4:50 pm | One Comment | 9696 views
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.

Word Cloud Area-filling Text Shape
November 25, 2015 – 12:44 pm | 7 Comments | 15324 views
Word Cloud Area-filling Text Shape

Download a clever Visio SmartShape that sizes text to fit rectangles of any dimension!

USA States Map with Equal-sized States
September 4, 2015 – 2:00 pm | 2 Comments | 21864 views
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.

Deleting Visio Shapes Programmatically
July 7, 2015 – 11:28 am | 4 Comments | 33884 views
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 | 6 Comments | 23938 views
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 | 22360 views
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 …

ShapeSheet through the Ages
September 17, 2014 – 9:26 am | 4 Comments | 33269 views
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.

3-Label Dynamic Connector: Input Methods
April 24, 2014 – 11:21 pm | 37 Comments | 57261 views
3-Label Dynamic Connector: Input Methods

I’ve been working on a three-label, Visio dynamic connector and thought I’d share some of my design thoughts with you.

Fit All Pages to Window in a Visio Document
April 13, 2011 – 9:14 am | 13 Comments | 86952 views
Fit All Pages to Window in a Visio Document

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 …

Data-linking Problem with 64-Bit Visio
December 22, 2010 – 11:52 am | 4 Comments | 40380 views
Data-linking Problem with 64-Bit Visio

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 …

New Article about Validation Rules in Visio 2010
October 21, 2010 – 3:09 pm | No Comment | 70665 views
New Article about Validation Rules in Visio 2010

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 …

Sample Chapter for Rules & Validation Book
July 21, 2010 – 7:20 am | 2 Comments | 21483 views
Sample Chapter for Rules & Validation Book

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 …

New Book: Visio 2010 Rules, Validation & Business Process Diagramming
July 19, 2010 – 11:42 am | 2 Comments | 52882 views
New Book: Visio 2010 Rules, Validation & Business Process Diagramming

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!

Add Spice to Your Visio Skills With Randomization!
July 16, 2010 – 6:43 am | 2 Comments | 49180 views
Add Spice to Your Visio Skills With Randomization!

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  …

Stress Test: Nesting “IF” Functions in the ShapeSheet
July 10, 2010 – 1:16 pm | 2 Comments | 30068 views
Stress Test: Nesting “IF” Functions in the ShapeSheet

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!

Visio 2010 Flowchart Shapes Get Smarter
July 1, 2010 – 1:53 pm | 10 Comments | 47796 views
Visio 2010 Flowchart Shapes Get Smarter

Learn how Visio 2010’s flowchart shapes have gotten smarter and save you work!

Jump to Any Page With Visio SmartShapes
June 24, 2010 – 2:55 pm | 26 Comments | 64424 views
Jump to Any Page With Visio SmartShapes

Read about an interesting ShapeSheet technique to help you navigate big documents more easily.

Using Visio 2010 Containers & Lists to Create Server Drilldowns with Excel Data
June 5, 2010 – 4:41 pm | One Comment | 55012 views
Using Visio 2010 Containers & Lists to Create Server Drilldowns with Excel Data

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!

Get Web Hex Color Values from Visio Shapes
May 14, 2010 – 9:05 am | One Comment | 38214 views
Get Web Hex Color Values from Visio Shapes

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.
Since …

Visio 2010 Premium, Pro & Standard Add-ons List
May 5, 2010 – 10:02 am | 3 Comments | 76567 views
Visio 2010 Premium, Pro & Standard Add-ons List

See an extensive list of all the Visio add-ons that ship with each particular edition of Visio 2010: Premium, Pro or Standard.

Download the New Visio 2010 SDK!
May 1, 2010 – 4:03 pm | 7 Comments | 37199 views
Download the New Visio 2010 SDK!

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.

List Separators in Visio’s ShapeSheet are Crazy!
April 21, 2010 – 1:53 pm | 2 Comments | 31884 views
List Separators in Visio’s ShapeSheet are Crazy!

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, …

Text Along a Connector’s Path in Microsoft Visio 2010
February 9, 2010 – 8:46 am | 66 Comments | 126122 views
Text Along a Connector’s Path in Microsoft Visio 2010

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 …

Radial Elements Tool
November 5, 2009 – 1:51 pm | 14 Comments | 95883 views
Radial Elements Tool

Download a tool that allows you to create a circular array of custom tick in seconds!

Calculate Work Weeks For Your Visio Shapes
November 3, 2009 – 1:43 pm | 4 Comments | 29271 views
Calculate Work Weeks For Your Visio Shapes

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 …

Choose Colors with Shape Data Fields
October 21, 2009 – 6:54 am | 22 Comments | 60776 views
Choose Colors with Shape Data Fields

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?
Visio’s …