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There’s a new book on data visualization with Visio. And it is probably as good as its title is long!
Watch these videos on Visio developer-related topics to learn how Visio works under-the-hood, and control it programmatically!
Learn how to create shapes that absolutely will not be glued-to by Visio’s dynamic connectors, and how to workaround an “issue” where the normal procedure fails.
Download this free template that will help you to create a Venn-inspired, hierarchical bubble diagram using some nifty Visio SmartShapes!
Learn how to create a simple cable shape with any arbitrary path that displays its length, even when changed or edited.
Visio has incredibly useful functions for slicing and merging shapes. But sometimes these shapes leave artifacts that can be a pain to clean up. Check out this simple trick to make it less painful!
Many of the tips and tricks that I talk about (or want to talk about) on this site require the Developer Ribbon Tab. Find out how to turn it on, and what good it will …
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 …
If you’ve ever wondered how to convert text to paths or vectors in Visio, then this article is for you–although the solution might not be what you expected!
In this first of a series of posts, we’ll use built-in Visio functionality to arrange small circles around the perimeter of a larger circle, at equal intervals.
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 …
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, …
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.
Using Microsoft Visio 2010 is my introductory book on mastering the latest incarnation of Visio. Come help me celebrate its publication!
Are you a Visio user?
Is your company using SharePoint Server 2010?
Wonder how you can make them work together?
Read how the AquaSnap utility can be used to help you more easily arrange Visio child windows, and with greater control!
There’s a lot of buzz lately about Visio Services for SharePoint 2010.
It looks like it’s appeared on the Real Estate industry’s radar, as they seek to use tools to make their business more efficient.
Learn how Visio 2010’s flowchart shapes have gotten smarter and save you work!
Find the Visio 2010 setting or option that you need with our searchable mega list of all items in the Backstage options area!
Read about an interesting ShapeSheet technique to help you navigate big documents more easily.
Get resources for translating old Visio and Office menu commands to Office 2010 ribbons.
Easily search a list of Visio 2010’s 554 ribbon UI customization commands.
Get a quick overview of all the dialog boxes associated with printing in Visio.
Learn how to add V-shaped and U-shaped bends to your Visio Dynamic connector shapes!
Learn how to distinguish “1D” shape handles in Visio, so you can tell where a line-style shape begins and where it ends!
In this Visio Tutorial, you’ll learn how to use drawing tools to create a 3D effect of an arrow poking through a 3D plane!
Learn how to use Visio’s visual sibling to Excel’s Pivot Tables to import data and view it from different perspectives.
The upcoming release of Office 2010 from Microsoft has a cool feature that helps you to remove backgrounds from images. Now you can cut yourself out of a picture and place it into your Visio diagrams, while the background details show through!
Do you ever have this problem?
Every time you open a particular Visio diagram, the Review toolbar pops up. No matter how many times you close it, reset the toolbars and menus or scream, it never …
Did you know that Visio allows you to select shapes inside of groups and manipulate them without ungrouping or opening new windows?
The feature is convenient and powerful, but the visual cues that tell you what …
If you’ve ever needed to customize a Visio network server shape, then today is your day. We’ve got a tool that allows you to load custom icons into server shapes lickity-split.
The tool is easy to …
Learn two methods for creating sophisticated fill patterns for your Visio shapes!