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Why Visio Shape Smarts Makes Your Life Easier
July 22, 2009 – 7:59 am | 2 Comments | 30995 views
Why Visio Shape Smarts Makes Your Life Easier

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 …

What’s My Shape’s ID?
July 15, 2009 – 10:50 am | 14 Comments | 73282 views
What’s My Shape’s ID?

Find out what Sheet.1, Sheet.27 and Sheet.362 are called.

Automatically Number & Connect Shapes – With Code!
July 13, 2009 – 9:22 am | 9 Comments | 52509 views
Automatically Number & Connect Shapes – With Code!

Connect shapes in numerical-order at the press of a button! Then download the VBA code to see how it’s done!

Send All Connectors to Back
June 17, 2009 – 7:02 am | 3 Comments | 40373 views
Send All Connectors to Back

Stop “Shift + Clicking”. Start selecting all connectors on the page USING CODE. Then do something to them!

How to Count the Number of Items in a List
May 25, 2009 – 9:23 am | 8 Comments | 25947 views
How to Count the Number of Items in a List

=”one;two;three;four;five” So how do you know that there are five items in that list–using ShapeSheet formulas?

VBA Class Property Generator
May 20, 2009 – 7:58 pm | 6 Comments | 27584 views
VBA Class Property Generator

Stop typing “Property Let”, “Property Get” over and over and over. Let our VBA code do it for you.

Data Refresh on Open
May 13, 2009 – 6:56 am | 11 Comments | 55870 views
Data Refresh on Open

Refresh your Data each and every time you open your Visio 2007 Professional Data-Connected Diagramme

Visio Viewer for Developers
May 11, 2009 – 9:41 am | 3 Comments | 42276 views
Visio Viewer for Developers

Use the free Visio Viewer to look at Visio files…or as a control in your own custom application.

Top Twelve Text Tips
May 6, 2009 – 4:10 pm | 64 Comments | 273107 views
Top Twelve Text Tips

We’ll teach you text-handling techniques for creating top-notch Visio SmartShapes!

Happy Pi Day…Sort Of
May 1, 2009 – 5:45 am | 10 Comments | 81508 views
Happy Pi Day…Sort Of

Shapes have geometry, geometry has circles, circles have curves. Let’s talk about all-things-round in Visio!

Analyze Connectivity Between Process Flows
April 22, 2009 – 6:45 am | 2 Comments | 37260 views
Analyze Connectivity Between Process Flows

Learn how VBA code can be used to detect connections between shapes and traverse paths through diagrams.

Number Your Pages Visually
April 15, 2009 – 7:38 am | 7 Comments | 71376 views
Number Your Pages Visually

Show status with dots and circles instead of numbers, silly!

Path Analysis in Visio
April 8, 2009 – 7:57 pm | 11 Comments | 67107 views
Path Analysis in Visio

Download a Visio file packed with sample VBA code that will help you understand not only connectors and connecting in Visio, but also path analysis as well!

Evaluate Shape Text With EvalText
March 10, 2009 – 10:46 pm | 16 Comments | 34708 views
Evaluate Shape Text With EvalText

Learn a ShapeSheet trick that lets you convert Visio shape text to meaningful numbers and quantities, and build a calculator that accepts free-form text as input.

Trilogy-meter Data Graphics Part III
February 25, 2009 – 2:00 pm | 5 Comments | 20138 views
Trilogy-meter Data Graphics Part III

Today, we continue with the movie-trilogy theme, but concentrate on advanced tips for importing and working with multiple shapes automatically.
This is the third and final piece in our trilogy of articles on Visio data graphics …

Trilogy-meter Data Graphics Part II
February 24, 2009 – 9:52 am | No Comment | 22809 views
Trilogy-meter Data Graphics Part II

Today we’re going to talk about adorning Visio shapes with data graphics, and the extreme flexibility that Visio data graphics offer.
This is slightly different than what we discussed previously in Trilogy-meter Data Graphics Part I. …

Trilogy-meter Data Graphics Part I
February 23, 2009 – 12:42 pm | 3 Comments | 37858 views
Trilogy-meter Data Graphics Part I

Learn how to create a bar-graph Visio shape which visually responds to data. Once you’ve built this SmartShape, we’ll then show you how to link it to external data imported from Excel!

Title Block #3: Smart Tabs, Smart Text
January 23, 2009 – 2:15 pm | 8 Comments | 58698 views
Title Block #3: Smart Tabs, Smart Text

Learn how to create Visio title block shapes with field labels and values, all neatly arranged using intelligent smart tab stops.

Flip the Switch, Feed the Creature
January 22, 2009 – 6:16 am | 4 Comments | 20668 views
Flip the Switch, Feed the Creature

Learn about conditional formatting of Visio SmartShapes, and enjoy an ancient treat from the dusty, musty Visio archives!

Visio SmartShape for Inauguration Day 2009
January 20, 2009 – 1:11 pm | 2 Comments | 16800 views
Visio SmartShape for Inauguration Day 2009

Download and learn with this Visio file and SmartShape that relate to today’s momentous US Presidential inauguration!

Title Block #2: Let’s Make a Multi-field SmartShape!
November 19, 2008 – 7:23 am | 16 Comments | 98063 views
Title Block #2: Let’s Make a Multi-field SmartShape!

Learn to create a Visio title block shape that has built-in fields which display information about your Visio document.

Make Your Text Stand Out!
October 31, 2008 – 2:23 pm | 6 Comments | 59743 views
Make Your Text Stand Out!

Make your text stand out with a ShapeSheet formula that chooses a contrasting text-color, based on the fill color of your shape.

Title Blocks #1: How to Display Existing Document Information
October 21, 2008 – 11:51 am | 35 Comments | 167875 views
Title Blocks #1: How to Display Existing Document Information

Create more intelligent title block shapes by inserting fields into the text of your Visio shapes that automatically link to information about the document! Your title blocks will be smarter, your drawings completed more quickly, and you’ll spend less time re-keying information!

Improving Visio’s Save As Web Feature
September 29, 2008 – 10:57 am | No Comment | 39439 views
Improving Visio’s Save As Web Feature

When you Save As Web with Visio, you create a subdirectory full of small files, just begging to be modified. This article points you to resources that will help you to understand and work with those files so that you can get Save As Web to do what you really want it to do.

A SmartShape is Worth 1000 Symbols
September 22, 2008 – 9:45 pm | 9 Comments | 67008 views
A SmartShape is Worth 1000 Symbols

Learn about the benefits of Visio SmartShapes, the power of the ShapeSheet, and how a few parameterized Visio shapes can replace a whole set of “dumb” clip-art symbols!

Create Better-looking, More-efficient SmartShapes
August 9, 2008 – 2:18 am | 10 Comments | 66565 views
Create Better-looking, More-efficient SmartShapes

Learn how to add realistic effects to your Visio SmartShapes using innovative shadowing techniques and custom line patterns!

Top 9 Reasons for Turning-on Developer Mode
August 4, 2008 – 5:48 am | 9 Comments | 64494 views
Top 9 Reasons for Turning-on Developer Mode

Learn about the benefits of Visio’s Developer Mode, how it will help you work more efficiently, and how it will solve some mysteries that you might have encountered with Visio 2007.

How to Build Smart Frames and Bezels #2
July 12, 2008 – 5:59 pm | One Comment | 18669 views
How to Build Smart Frames and Bezels #2

In our last article on smart frames, we built a SmartShape that maintained a constant border-thickness, no matter the size of the shape.
It was a fairly simple frame, it got the job done, but it …

Save Time & Simplify Your VBA Code With CallByName
June 23, 2008 – 10:02 pm | 12 Comments | 43071 views
Save Time & Simplify Your VBA Code With CallByName

Learn how to re-use your code, save time, and work more efficiently by using VBAs CallByName method!

European Cup 2008 Auto-Updating Visio Diagram (v2)
June 21, 2008 – 8:49 am | 2 Comments | 29307 views
European Cup 2008 Auto-Updating Visio Diagram (v2)

UPDATE!
Hey football/soccer fans! We’ve got an update to our automated smart drawing for this years European Cup soccer tournament.
Perhaps you are familiar with the first version, which can be found here: European Cup 2008 …

How to Build Smart Frames and Bezels #1
June 15, 2008 – 2:42 pm | 4 Comments | 27574 views
How to Build Smart Frames and Bezels #1

Learn how to parameterize your Visio SmartShapes by using ShapeSheet formulas to control Geometry. In this first article in a series, you’ll build a frame shape which maintains a constant border-thickness when the shape is resized!

Punish Your Users with (not so) SmartShapes That Misbehave
June 14, 2008 – 4:37 pm | 5 Comments | 42892 views
Punish Your Users with (not so) SmartShapes That Misbehave

Learn how to add smarts to your Visio SmartShapes–and have fun doing it–by looking at mischievous examples of badly behaved, not-so-smart shapes!