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When 2D Glue Breaks
June 14, 2007 – 1:05 pm | 7 Comments | 22893 views
When 2D Glue Breaks

Long chains of shapes glued together with Visio’s 2D gluing capability can experience problems. The limitations are discussed in this article.

Sales Force Automation With Visio
June 3, 2007 – 6:30 am | 20 Comments | 65572 views
Sales Force Automation With Visio

Play around with the venerable Candy Equipment Manufacturing demo that simulates a sales-automation scenario with Visio, and showcases SmartShape technology, database integration, MS Excel integration, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) automation code, Database Wizard applications, Custom Patterns, Layers and more!

Run VBA Code When Documents Open
May 25, 2007 – 6:25 am | 11 Comments | 81449 views
Run VBA Code When Documents Open

Learn a better way to get VBA code to run when your documents open.

VBA Macro Security
May 17, 2007 – 10:35 am | 29 Comments | 70431 views
VBA Macro Security

Putting Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) code behind your Visio documents is convenient and powerful, but can be a security risk when mis-used. Learn the ins and outs of Microsoft’s built-in macro security features.

Integrating Visio 2007 with Microsoft Technologies
May 11, 2007 – 4:08 am | 3 Comments | 76872 views
Integrating Visio 2007 with Microsoft Technologies

Visimation Inc. has written some fabulous articles for MSDN about integrating Visio with Access, Excel, Active Directory, SQL Server, MOM, Exchange, Reporting Services and SharePoint.

Data Graphics Resources
May 4, 2007 – 3:04 pm | 21 Comments | 59625 views
Data Graphics Resources

Find out about resources for using, developing and customizing the exciting new Data Graphics in Visio 2007.

12 Month Data Graphic Shape (almost)
April 25, 2007 – 12:45 pm | 10 Comments | 44322 views
12 Month Data Graphic Shape (almost)

Download a 12-month bar-graph shape that you can link to data using Visio 2007’s Data Linking features.

Visio 2007 Demo Videos
April 10, 2007 – 9:35 pm | 8 Comments | 38487 views
Visio 2007 Demo Videos

Watch some instructive videos on how to use the cool new features of Visio 2007.

Wave Generator Diagram
March 15, 2007 – 10:32 pm | 5 Comments | 44026 views
Wave Generator Diagram

Download, play with this diagram of an ocean wave power generation plant, and learn how to use the ShapeSheet to make shapes react to each other.

User-defined ShapeSheet Functions in Visio 2007
January 1, 2007 – 7:04 pm | 5 Comments | 46186 views
User-defined ShapeSheet Functions in Visio 2007

Learn how to use the ShapeSheet more efficiently by defining reusable custom functions that can be called from multiple cells.

Constraining Angle with the BOUND ShapeSheet Function
December 14, 2006 – 10:35 am | One Comment | 29953 views
Constraining Angle with the BOUND ShapeSheet Function

Learn how to add constraints to your Visio shapes using the ShapeSheet’s BOUND function.

Visio and Xml Conference Resources
November 30, 2006 – 7:11 am | 28 Comments | 32060 views
Visio and Xml Conference Resources

Get links to presentations, articles and samples that show Visio’s xml features and capabilities.

Polyline Shape Maker
November 27, 2006 – 7:05 am | 8 Comments | 37014 views
Polyline Shape Maker

Learn about the ShapeSheet’s POLYLINE function and PolyLineTo row type, and how they can work to make your shapes smaller and faster. Download the VBA code that will help you poly-line-ify your shapes with the click of a button!

Polygon Maker
November 24, 2006 – 4:10 pm | 7 Comments | 53860 views
Polygon Maker

Download a Visio diagram that contains VBA code to help you create polygon shapes with any number of sides.

Consumer Reports Rating Shape
November 22, 2006 – 7:00 am | 4 Comments | 52970 views
Consumer Reports Rating Shape

Download a Consumer-Reports style rating shape that you can configure via the right-click menu or vis Custom Properties. Learn about the anatomy of the shape and the smart formulas in it’s ShapeSheet. If you’re really daring, you might even turn it into a Visio 2007 Data Graphic!

Legend Shapes
November 20, 2006 – 7:24 am | 37 Comments | 166625 views
Legend Shapes

Learn about the Visio Legend Shape’s cool capabilities, find legend-enabled shapes in Visio, and learn how to add legend-functionality to your own Visio shapes!

Combo Box Table of Contents
November 8, 2006 – 2:38 pm | 15 Comments | 76129 views
Combo Box Table of Contents

Learn how to combine form-controls-on-a-page, and VBA code to generate an interactive table-of-contents for your larger, longer Visio documents.

Visio 2007 Developer Resources
November 3, 2006 – 10:33 am | 17 Comments | 43458 views
Visio 2007 Developer Resources

Get a jump on your next generation of Visio-based solutions by perusing these Visio 2007 developer resources!

Visio Snowflake Generator
November 2, 2006 – 9:37 pm | 4 Comments | 43374 views
Visio Snowflake Generator

After learning more-than-imaginable theory about what makes a good paper snowflake, and how you should go about it, download the VBA code that allows you to make a complete snowflake from a 1/12th wedge, custom cut by you!

Smart Chamfer – A Corner That Doesn’t Stretch
October 24, 2006 – 8:42 am | 3 Comments | 31038 views
Smart Chamfer – A Corner That Doesn’t Stretch

Learn how to create a chamfer by using the Fragment feature to slice a corner off of a Visio shape. Learn how to parameterize that chamfer by adding smart formulas via the ShapeSheet!

Spiral Shape Maker
October 19, 2006 – 9:33 pm | 26 Comments | 63410 views
Spiral Shape Maker

Download a Visio drawing that allows you to create spiral shapes with varying numbers of spirals, and check out the VBA code that makes the magic happen!

Connection Point Directions & Types
October 12, 2006 – 10:35 pm | 13 Comments | 80381 views
Connection Point Directions & Types

Learn about 2D glue and connection-point directions, and download a convenient tool that helps you to specify connection-point directions by graphically manipulating helper-shapes.

Counting Geometry Sections
October 4, 2006 – 10:17 am | 7 Comments | 27178 views
Counting Geometry Sections

Abuse the ShapeSheet by using gargantuan formulas to cleverly count geometry sections in a ShapeSheet — a feature that is “technically” not provided for by conventional thinking.

Casting Units in Visio’s ShapeSheet
October 3, 2006 – 11:50 pm | 4 Comments | 34901 views
Casting Units in Visio’s ShapeSheet

If you are developing Visio solutions for use in many cultures, you will be interested in this article’s explanation of how to control units in the ShapeSheet.

Export All Pages in Document
September 18, 2006 – 8:30 pm | 28 Comments | 71624 views
Export All Pages in Document

Learn how to programatically export all pages in a Visio document to an image file, such as .bmp, .jpg, or .bmp.

Create Visio Flowcharts Programmatically
September 13, 2006 – 3:05 am | 48 Comments | 141292 views
Create Visio Flowcharts Programmatically

Learn how to build Visio flowcharts programatically by examining the VBA code in this article.

The Hidden World of Visio Shapes
September 5, 2006 – 8:30 pm | 85 Comments | 402374 views
The Hidden World of Visio Shapes

Learn about the many different ways you can cause Visio shapes, or parts of Visio shapes to become invisible.