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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!

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 …

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!

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.

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!

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!

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 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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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!

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!

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!