Microsoft has just released a new set of online training videos for Visio 2016. I’ve created detailed outlines of the course material and provided direct links to pages and modules within their website so you can instantly jump to the content you want to digest!
If you’re interested in the deeper workings of Visio, then you’ll be interested in a series of videos that I’ve been in remiss in reporting!
Today I had the idea to make a Minions Visio SmartShape. I was primarily interested in controlling eye movement using ShapeSheet techniques.
As a responsible adult, I probably don’t (shouldn’t) have the time to finish it properly. But I thought I’d make this video to show off some capabilities and point out general concepts that might help to make useful SmartShapes.
PhotoShop, Illustrator and SketchBook Pro users have all the fun. They make these cool, time-lapse videos, set to trendy, fast-paced music. I know Visio isn’t as cool as those other apps, but a lot of people still love using it. And they like music too! So I whipped out my trusty Camtasia Studio/Recorder and gave it a shot.
Visio has the tools to draw circular-arrays of objects, but learning to do it takes time. There are no direct “arrange stuff in circles” functions. You have to cleverly use other functionality to get the job done.
To make things easier for you and me, I invented the Radial Elements Tool solves some of these problems. With this tool, you can create circular arrays of customizable tick marks in seconds!
Harry Miller, video producer. The guy who filmed: five of the biggest Visio Nerds that ever lived. He’s been busy.
Creating instructional Visio videos. With a 40’s detective theme. Short. Succinct. Cool jazz music. Just the facts M’am. Dragnet. Humphrey Bogart. You get the picture.
Harrison Clarity is the star. I call him H.C. Throaty voice. Gets to the point.
Do you need to number shapes automatically? Do you need to connect shapes in the order that they are numbered?
If you are developing an automated, graphical solution on top of Visio, you might face these requirements. This article and accompanying download will help you to meet them.
Or if you just want tools for step-numbering and ordered connecting, you might be able to modify and extend the VBA code contained in today’s download to help you get the job done.
Oops! I posted Interview With a Visio Guy a bit too soon.
That article features a video with Visio MVP David Parker, who shares words of wisdom about his history of working with Visio, and why it is such a great platform for graphics-based solutions.
But by jumping the gun, I have inadvertently showered Mr. Parker with glory, at the expense of other Visio MVPs.
You see, the video was the first in a FIVE-PART series, called Visio: Drawing on Experience.
While Visio is heavily used for flowcharting, network diagramming, org charting and other connected diagramming tasks, it also has a fair amount of capabilities that overlap the CAD arena.
One of the best-kept secrets in this area is the ability to draw tangent lines between two curves.
Today we’re going to expose the secret and show you how to do it!