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European Cup 2008 Auto-Updating Visio Diagram
June 9, 2008 – 1:49 pm | 22 Comments | 36510 views
European Cup 2008 Auto-Updating Visio Diagram

Track your favorite soccer/football teams for the 2008 European Cup with this semi-automatic Visio bracket.

Detect Sub-selected Shapes Programmatically
May 17, 2008 – 11:42 am | 14 Comments | 33135 views
Detect Sub-selected Shapes Programmatically

It’s easy enough to get the set of selected shapes in Visio using code. But if the user has sub-selected some shapes, they won’t show up in your Selection object without a bit of tweaking. Learn how to detect ALL of the selected shapes in this article!

Understanding Arc-Resize Problems in Visio
April 28, 2008 – 10:16 pm | 7 Comments | 39869 views
Understanding Arc-Resize Problems in Visio

If you’ve ever drawn arcs in Visio, then grouped them together, you may have noticed that they behave oddly when you resize the group. In this article, we’ll explain why this happens and how to fix it. You’ll also learn about the two shape interaction styles that Visio shapes have: 1D and 2D shapes!

Importing Images as Backgrounds for Tracing
April 16, 2008 – 12:30 am | 11 Comments | 81220 views
Importing Images as Backgrounds for Tracing

Learn some helpful techniques for importing bitmap images into Visio, then creating shapes and diagrams by tracing over them.

Center-sizing Smart Shapes
April 15, 2008 – 6:01 am | 6 Comments | 44424 views
Center-sizing Smart Shapes

Visio doesn’t have an option to resize shapes such that they remain on-center. But the free shapes in this article do!

How Big Is My Shape?
April 13, 2008 – 6:00 am | 17 Comments | 66455 views
How Big Is My Shape?

There are many ways to view or change the size of your Visio shapes. In this article, you’ll learn about a whole slew of methods to do this!

Effects of Imported Images on Visio File Size
April 12, 2008 – 1:20 am | 15 Comments | 53554 views
Effects of Imported Images on Visio File Size

Learn what happens to your Visio file sizes when you import images and bitmaps of differing file formats.

Smart LineWeight: Bigger Shape, Thicker Lines
March 29, 2008 – 9:00 am | 12 Comments | 29379 views
Smart LineWeight: Bigger Shape, Thicker Lines

Line thickness doesn’t increase or decrease with shape size. But sometimes you need it to. Find out how to make it happen, and how to apply the smarts automatically using VBA code.

Making Shapes More Efficient: Using Fewer Shapes & Groups
March 28, 2008 – 6:31 am | 4 Comments | 32229 views
Making Shapes More Efficient: Using Fewer Shapes & Groups

Learn how to make your Visio shapes more efficient by reducing the number of sub-shapes and nested-group levels.

How to Draw Glass in Visio
March 18, 2008 – 6:31 pm | 11 Comments | 67816 views
How to Draw Glass in Visio

Learn how to create see-through, shiny glass effects using basic, end-user features of Visio!

Connect All Shapes to Each Other
March 17, 2008 – 4:59 pm | 22 Comments | 55850 views
Connect All Shapes to Each Other

Learn how to program Visio to connect shapes together, and learn from this example–in both VB and C#!

How Many Fill Colors Can You Put on a Visio Shape?
March 4, 2008 – 5:15 pm | 13 Comments | 77920 views
How Many Fill Colors Can You Put on a Visio Shape?

Learn how to apply four colors to a single shape, make use of advanced gradient and transparency techniques, and download a shape that does it all!

Release the Power of Visio Custom Line Patterns
March 3, 2008 – 10:52 pm | 8 Comments | 90795 views
Release the Power of Visio Custom Line Patterns

Follow links to two excellent articles about creating your own Visio Custom Line Patterns, as well as download some fun patterns created just for you!

Edit Visio Masters Programmatically…the Right Way!
February 25, 2008 – 2:19 pm | 51 Comments | 51704 views
Edit Visio Masters Programmatically…the Right Way!

Editing Visio master shapes via code seems straightforward, but it’s not…if you want to do it correctly.

Visio Conference 2008 – Awards, Notes, Epilogue
February 8, 2008 – 11:23 pm | 2 Comments | 27568 views
Visio Conference 2008 – Awards, Notes, Epilogue

Find out what happened and who attended the 2008 Visio Conference in Seattle.

Visio Solution Developer Pain Points Presentation
February 6, 2008 – 1:31 am | 2 Comments | 21812 views
Visio Solution Developer Pain Points Presentation

Download PowerPoint slides and code samples from Visio Guy’s presentation at the 2008 Visio conference.

Circular Text Generator (version 2)
January 5, 2008 – 8:14 pm | 63 Comments | 122846 views
Circular Text Generator (version 2)

Download this improved version of the circular text generator and make your text go in circles.

Ape to Man Data Graphic
December 12, 2007 – 3:16 am | 3 Comments | 34593 views
Ape to Man Data Graphic

Forget stars and reception bars. Use the progression of man from ape to visually illustrate your data’s position along the evolutionary scale.

SmartShape Tutorial: Fading Trees
December 3, 2007 – 8:51 pm | 12 Comments | 44743 views
SmartShape Tutorial: Fading Trees

Learn how to create interesting visual effects while uncovering the capabilities of Visio’s ShapeSheet and the Smart Shapes it enables you to create. This article shows you how to create a wintry scene with Smart Trees that fade into the distance as you reduce their size.

Text to the Bottom of the Shape
November 7, 2007 – 4:07 pm | 5 Comments | 78142 views
Text to the Bottom of the Shape

Use this Visual Basic code snippet to quickly move text blocks to the bottom-center of your shapes.

LengthIU Bug Workaround Code
October 20, 2007 – 12:14 pm | 10 Comments | 27269 views
LengthIU Bug Workaround Code

Learn about a bug in the Shape.LengthIU method and solutions for how to work around it.

Circular Text Generator (version 1)
October 18, 2007 – 5:28 pm | 36 Comments | 99944 views
Circular Text Generator (version 1)

Finally, you can add text to a circle inside of Visio! This is first version of a series of tools to help you get your Visio text out-of-line!

Visio Film Strip Shapes: Hurray for Hollywood!
September 25, 2007 – 9:28 am | 5 Comments | 45295 views
Visio Film Strip Shapes: Hurray for Hollywood!

Learn how to take a strip of icons and turn it into a Visio multi-shape. Your new “Film Strip Shape” will react to right-mouse clicks or shape data values to show one of the icons. You’ll also learn how to convert these shapes into Icon Sets for use with Visio 2007’s Data Graphics feature!

Off-center Radial Fill Effect
August 30, 2007 – 4:13 am | 18 Comments | 32399 views
Off-center Radial Fill Effect

Learn how to create an offset radial fill effect to add cool 3D effects to your Visio SmartShapes!

Interesting Blog With Cool Visio Topics
August 27, 2007 – 12:16 pm | 5 Comments | 42174 views
Interesting Blog With Cool Visio Topics

Learn about Saveen Reddy’s interesting blog, which is full of Visio and graphics-related articles!

Customized Visio HTML Export
August 24, 2007 – 12:33 pm | 10 Comments | 79804 views
Customized Visio HTML Export

Download a Visio document that lets you add “hot spot” shapes to a diagram, then export an HTML page that provides mouse-over pop-up functionality corresponding to the hot spot locations.

Resize Text With Metafiles!
August 24, 2007 – 3:35 am | 10 Comments | 48419 views
Resize Text With Metafiles!

Learn how to create non-changing text that resizes with your Visio SmartShapes by using metafiles!

Text Resizing with ShapeSheet Formulas
August 21, 2007 – 5:50 am | 28 Comments | 81559 views
Text Resizing with ShapeSheet Formulas

Learn how to use the ShapeSheet to make font-sizes increase and decrease with the size of your shapes.

Forefront Icons and Data Graphic Shapes
August 16, 2007 – 1:59 pm | 6 Comments | 56498 views
Forefront Icons and Data Graphic Shapes

Download a Visio multi-shape and a Data Graphic that help you to dress up your network diagrams by displaying Microsoft Forefront Client Security information.

Masking Images in Visio
July 29, 2007 – 1:42 pm | 8 Comments | 49576 views
Masking Images in Visio

Learn how you can crop images in Visio with non-rectangular mask-outlines.

Book Review: Visualizing Information with Microsoft Office Visio 2007
July 23, 2007 – 3:14 am | No Comment | 26013 views
Book Review: Visualizing Information with Microsoft Office Visio 2007

This new book about Visio 2007 contains a wealth of information for developers and power users!

Month Math
July 10, 2007 – 3:14 am | 4 Comments | 61236 views
Month Math

If you are doing date-related calculations in Visio’s ShapeSheet, you may occasionally want to add months to dates. Read this article to find out how!