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Link Fields to Subshape Text
February 14, 2018 – 6:56 pm | No Comment | 370 views
Link Fields to Subshape Text

Learn how to add multiple text blocks to Visio shapes, and to dynamically display data attached to the shapes in the text shapes.

Trumpet Valve Fingerings Visio Shape
January 31, 2018 – 10:16 pm | No Comment | 803 views
Trumpet Valve Fingerings Visio Shape

Download this Visio SmartShape for illustrating trumpet valve fingerings, and use it to annotate sheet music. You or your students will be playing beautiful music in no time!

Visio 2016 Training Videos
January 31, 2018 – 4:55 pm | 2 Comments | 1009 views
Visio 2016 Training Videos

I’ve provided detail outlines to this new series of Visio 2016 videos put together by Microsoft. With the outlines, you can jump straight to the videos that interest you!

Amazon AWS Visio Shapes
January 31, 2018 – 1:26 am | One Comment | 1382 views
Amazon AWS Visio Shapes

Download my own version of improved Amazon AWS Visio shapes for use in your architecture drawings!

Fuzzy Shadow on Text Oddity
December 20, 2017 – 5:25 pm | No Comment | 1794 views
Fuzzy Shadow on Text Oddity

Visio 2013/16 has wonderful new formatting effects. But how they modify your shapes can be a bit strange. Read about the anomalies, and how to work around the strangeness!

Stroke-Dasharray Shape for Visio Custom Line Patterns
October 11, 2017 – 11:13 pm | 3 Comments | 9438 views
Stroke-Dasharray Shape for Visio Custom Line Patterns

Define dash patterns with this clever Visio SmartShape, and use it to easily create your own custom line patterns!

View Visio Files on Android (and Windows Phone)
June 4, 2017 – 6:43 pm | No Comment | 6679 views
View Visio Files on Android (and Windows Phone)

If you’ve got an Android or Windows phone, and you receive Visio files via e-mail attachments, there IS a way to view them while you are on the go!

Visio Circle Arrows 2013
December 29, 2016 – 4:15 pm | 12 Comments | 27849 views
Visio Circle Arrows 2013

There’s a new arrows-on-circle Visio SmartShape for you to download. It plays nicely with Visio 2013 and newer versions.
Come on in and check it out!

Visio Viewer for iPad (and iPhone)
December 17, 2016 – 5:44 pm | One Comment | 11424 views
Visio Viewer for iPad (and iPhone)

Microsoft has finally released a free Visio Viewer for iOS devices!

Turning Pages in Visio
December 12, 2016 – 2:20 am | 3 Comments | 13721 views
Turning Pages in Visio

Learn how to navigate pages in Visio documents like a pro!

iPad Viewer for Visio by Nektony
August 31, 2016 – 2:18 pm | 2 Comments | 11617 views
iPad Viewer for Visio by Nektony

If you’ve ever been frustrated by trying to open a Visio attachment while browsing e-mails from your iPad on the couch, then you might be interested in this Visio viewer…for the iPad!

New Book: Mastering Data Visualization with Microsoft Visio Professional 2016
July 18, 2016 – 5:54 pm | One Comment | 17270 views
New Book: Mastering Data Visualization with Microsoft Visio Professional 2016

There’s a new book on data visualization with Visio. And it is probably as good as its title is long!
 

AutoCAD 2013 + Visio 2016 + Webcast July 12
July 6, 2016 – 3:57 pm | 2 Comments | 13903 views
AutoCAD 2013 + Visio 2016 + Webcast July 12

Sign up for a webcast about working adjacently with CAD and Visio 2016, and get the lowdown on the new support for AutoCAD 2013 formats.

Lumia 950 vs. 950XL Comparison Template
November 20, 2015 – 12:09 pm | 2 Comments | 16698 views
Lumia 950 vs. 950XL Comparison Template

Download this Visio template to print out accurate, life-sized renditions of the new Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL smart phones, then decide which one is the right size for you!

USA States Map with Equal-sized States
September 4, 2015 – 2:00 pm | 2 Comments | 26429 views
USA States Map with Equal-sized States

Download an area-independent representation of the United States, which preserves important aspects of geography without distorting the statistical message due to the wide range of state sizes.

ShapeSheet through the Ages
September 17, 2014 – 9:26 am | 4 Comments | 36574 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.

Visio Handles through the Ages
September 16, 2014 – 11:08 am | 5 Comments | 30648 views
Visio Handles through the Ages

Microsoft changes the look of Visio’s user interface from time to time. Most of the uproar came for Visio 2010 with the introduction of the dreaded Ribbon.
But Microsoft has also made changes to Visio’s shape-manipulation …

Creating Custom Bullets in Visio
September 15, 2014 – 4:29 pm | 2 Comments | 38809 views
Creating Custom Bullets in Visio

A customer/fan asked me the other day how to create custom bullets in Visio using a character he’d carefully selected from the Wingdings font. He had dug his way deep into the text editing dialog, …

On the Road with Surface Pro 3
July 8, 2014 – 6:26 am | 31 Comments | 77439 views
On the Road with Surface Pro 3

In this ongoing series of posts, I’ll relate my experiences and impressions of life with my shiny-new Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 3 tablet/ultrabook.

Drilling with Visio
May 7, 2014 – 9:44 am | 3 Comments | 50072 views
Drilling with Visio

For years I’ve been toying with the idea of creating a set of shapes for well bore diagrams. Well bore schematic drawings show the important, ahem, bits, of an oil drilling system from up on …

Visio 2013 CAD Import Fixed with SP1
February 28, 2014 – 10:22 am | 14 Comments | 103668 views
Visio 2013 CAD Import Fixed with SP1

If you’ve been frustrated by the fuzziness of AutoCAD imports in Visio 2013 at high zoom levels, then you’ll be pleased to know that the issue has been fixed with SP1.

Before There Was Visio, There Was SketchPad
November 19, 2013 – 12:50 pm | One Comment | 37912 views
Before There Was Visio, There Was SketchPad

Ah, the days before color, when engineers wore ties!
One of the inspirations for Visio was an experimental piece of software created a long, long time ago. I was happy to finally track it down on …

New Visio 2013 Books
August 26, 2013 – 8:23 am | 5 Comments | 45886 views
New Visio 2013 Books

The latest and greatest version of Visio–Visio 2013–has been available for over half a year already!
If you still feel like you’re missing out on super-cool features, or are struggling to get started, or just want …

Visio Keep Calm Template
September 6, 2012 – 9:08 am | No Comment | 63947 views
Visio Keep Calm Template

You might have seen this poster around town, on the internet, or decorating a colleague’s belly. More likely you’ve seen a humorous variation–it seems to have developed into quite the meme as of late.
Maybe you …

New File Formats for Visio 2013
July 27, 2012 – 12:16 pm | 13 Comments | 61506 views
New File Formats for Visio 2013

The main stars of Microsoft Office have had an Open XML file format for several versions.
The next version of Visio does too!

facebook Like Data Graphic (Thumbs Up!)
May 18, 2012 – 2:11 pm | 3 Comments | 30152 views
facebook Like Data Graphic (Thumbs Up!)

Yay! It’s the weekend! Everyone’s checking facebook to see where Friday beer garden will be. And even if you’re not a facebook user,  news of their IPO has surely crossed your browser. Ah, another bunch …

Roll em! New Visio 2010 Video Series by Visio MVPs
February 1, 2012 – 12:54 pm | 9 Comments | 49184 views
Roll em! New Visio 2010 Video Series by Visio MVPs

Learn about Visio 2010 the easy way! Watch these 24 videos from the Visio experts!

Shift Flowchart Shapes Automatically!
September 29, 2011 – 12:18 pm | 7 Comments | 91503 views
Shift Flowchart Shapes Automatically!

Learn how Visio 2010 helps you to insert steps in lengthy process flows without having to manually move other shapes out of the way!

Accessing the Web Edition for The Book
September 12, 2011 – 3:35 pm | 38 Comments | 42184 views
Accessing the Web Edition for The Book

My book Using Microsoft Visio 2010 comes with free web-based bonus material. Learn how to get it!

Using Microsoft Visio 2010 Book is Here!
May 19, 2011 – 3:09 pm | 15 Comments | 71059 views
Using Microsoft Visio 2010 Book is Here!

Using Microsoft Visio 2010 is my introductory book on mastering the latest incarnation of Visio. Come help me celebrate its publication!

New Article about Validation Rules in Visio 2010
October 21, 2010 – 3:09 pm | No Comment | 71392 views
New Article about Validation Rules in Visio 2010

What if you could click a button and have Visio notify you if a drawing was incorrect, had errors, or did not follow your company’s standards?
Visio 2010 offers this capability, and more information is coming …

Visio and SharePoint Article Series
September 14, 2010 – 12:19 pm | 3 Comments | 25734 views
Visio and SharePoint Article Series

Visio Services for SharePoint has people excited about melding two great technologies together.
Wictor Wilén is a SharePoint expert who has started a series of articles about Visio 2010 and SharePoint 2010 that you’ll want …