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3-Label Dynamic Connector: Input Methods
April 24, 2014 – 11:21 pm | 12 Comments | 5525 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 | 25445 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 | 16837 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 | 26555 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 | 24 Comments | 28985 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 | 20393 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 | 14869 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 | 45 Comments | 49015 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 | 15825 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 | 17 Comments | 26963 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 | 17783 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 | 9 Comments | 31018 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 | 13048 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 | 54 Comments | 144509 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 | 5 Comments | 22132 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 | 21491 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 | 18949 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 | 25360 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 | 32634 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 | 13177 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 | 10669 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 | 40266 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 | 24472 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 | 69712 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 | 38184 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 | 30270 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 | 10948 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 | 17959 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 | 16414 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 | 13817 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 | 23368 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.

Understanding Arc-Resize Problems in Visio
April 28, 2008 – 10:16 pm | 6 Comments | 24127 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!