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ShapeSheet through the Ages
September 17, 2014 – 9:26 am | 3 Comments | 1140 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 | 15 Comments | 7769 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.

Add Spice to Your Visio Skills With Randomization!
July 16, 2010 – 6:43 am | 3 Comments | 28693 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 | No Comment | 17746 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 | 28452 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 | 25 Comments | 33004 views
Jump to Any Page With Visio SmartShapes

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

Get Web Hex Color Values from Visio Shapes
May 14, 2010 – 9:05 am | One Comment | 22328 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 …

List Separators in Visio’s ShapeSheet are Crazy!
April 21, 2010 – 1:53 pm | 2 Comments | 16148 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 | 47 Comments | 54872 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 …

Calculate Work Weeks For Your Visio Shapes
November 3, 2009 – 1:43 pm | 4 Comments | 16954 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 | 19 Comments | 29416 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 …

Why Visio Shape Smarts Makes Your Life Easier
July 22, 2009 – 7:59 am | 2 Comments | 18904 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 | 10 Comments | 33627 views
What’s My Shape’s ID?

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

How to Count the Number of Items in a List
May 25, 2009 – 9:23 am | 7 Comments | 13948 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?

Top Twelve Text Tips
May 6, 2009 – 4:10 pm | 55 Comments | 157798 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 | 6 Comments | 24156 views
Happy Pi Day…Sort Of

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

Number Your Pages Visually
April 15, 2009 – 7:38 am | 7 Comments | 22810 views
Number Your Pages Visually

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

Evaluate Shape Text With EvalText
March 10, 2009 – 10:46 pm | 16 Comments | 19964 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 I
February 23, 2009 – 12:42 pm | 2 Comments | 26347 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 | 7 Comments | 34660 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 | 13681 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 | 11090 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 | 18 Comments | 43075 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 | 4 Comments | 27467 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 | 28 Comments | 78494 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!

A SmartShape is Worth 1000 Symbols
September 22, 2008 – 9:45 pm | 9 Comments | 40440 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!

Top 9 Reasons for Turning-on Developer Mode
August 4, 2008 – 5:48 am | 7 Comments | 32251 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 | No Comment | 11436 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 …

European Cup 2008 Auto-Updating Visio Diagram (v2)
June 21, 2008 – 8:49 am | 2 Comments | 19048 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 | 3 Comments | 17621 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 | 14417 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!

European Cup 2008 Auto-Updating Visio Diagram
June 9, 2008 – 1:49 pm | 22 Comments | 25353 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.