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On the Road with Surface Pro 3, Part 2
November 11, 2014 – 9:00 pm | 4 Comments | 723 views
On the Road with Surface Pro 3, Part 2

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.

Time Lapse Circuit Diagram
September 18, 2014 – 4:50 pm | One Comment | 2613 views
Time Lapse Circuit Diagram

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 …

Visio Handles through the Ages
September 16, 2014 – 11:08 am | 3 Comments | 1720 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 | No Comment | 1831 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, …

World Cup 2014 Country Flag Shapes
June 8, 2014 – 12:36 am | 2 Comments | 6487 views
World Cup 2014 Country Flag Shapes

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is nigh, soccer/football fever is at a…er…pitch, and it’s time for another topical Visio Guy article and download!

Text on a Circle Visio Shape
May 9, 2014 – 4:25 pm | 18 Comments | 13940 views
Text on a Circle Visio Shape

Many Visio users would like to create graphics with text running around a circle. I’ve come up with a third iteration to solving this problem.
This time, you get a single shape, with no need for …

3-Label Dynamic Connector: Input Methods
April 24, 2014 – 11:21 pm | 15 Comments | 8747 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.

Visio 2013 CAD Import Fixed with SP1
February 28, 2014 – 10:22 am | 12 Comments | 10456 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 | 12238 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 …

Visio Tank Shapes
August 30, 2013 – 10:01 am | One Comment | 9878 views
Visio Tank Shapes

A customer recently saw the Battle Zone post, and contacted me regarding “tank shapes” for Visio.
I had made a rather detailed tank illustration long ago, which you can see on the Visio Art Page, but …

Champions League 2013
May 11, 2013 – 3:09 am | No Comment | 8730 views
Champions League 2013

Well, well well, guess who’s driving to Wembley on May 25 (2013)?

Simple House Ventilation Drawing
March 15, 2013 – 4:15 pm | 2 Comments | 18807 views
Simple House Ventilation Drawing

A recent browsing binge brought me to a simple illustration of a home ventilation system. I re-created it in Visio 2010, and decided to share it with you!

Visio Keep Calm Template
September 6, 2012 – 9:08 am | No Comment | 32504 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 …

Illustrating a Hole in a Cylinder
August 13, 2012 – 10:51 am | 2 Comments | 21314 views
Illustrating a Hole in a Cylinder

Visio is a 2D drawing and diagramming application that doesn’t support 3D modeling functions. But if you like to draw and aren’t afraid of advanced functionality, you can create some decent affects and save the …

Easy Music Note Paper with the Smart Staff Shape!
February 3, 2012 – 1:52 pm | 11 Comments | 20698 views
Easy Music Note Paper with the Smart Staff Shape!

Download pre-made music note paper with Smart Staff shapes that let you configure clef and key in just two clicks!

Shift Flowchart Shapes Automatically!
September 29, 2011 – 12:18 pm | 5 Comments | 24969 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!

Crayon Visio Network Shapes, Revisited
August 16, 2011 – 9:41 am | 3 Comments | 34126 views
Crayon Visio Network Shapes, Revisited

The popular Visio Crayon Network Shapes have been improved and extended. Have a look at what’s new and download the latest and greatest!

Visio Baseball Scorecard
April 15, 2011 – 2:24 pm | No Comment | 16096 views
Visio Baseball Scorecard

Download this Visio Baseball Scorecard template and keep track of the bums and stars on your team!

Visio SmartFace
April 7, 2011 – 12:56 pm | One Comment | 15224 views
Visio SmartFace

Show the full range of human emotion with just a few clicks of this Visio “smart face” SmartShape!

Visio Fireplace Shapes
March 22, 2011 – 12:14 am | 5 Comments | 23317 views
Visio Fireplace Shapes

Looking for plan view fireplace shapes?
In later versions of Visio, they seem to have disappeared!

March Madness 2011-NCAA Tournament Bracket in Visio
March 15, 2011 – 4:27 am | No Comment | 12490 views
March Madness 2011-NCAA Tournament Bracket in Visio

Download your big dance tournament bracket for 2011 NCAA Basketball Tournament in Visio format.

Repeating Diamond Title Visio Shape
March 3, 2011 – 10:41 pm | No Comment | 11581 views
Repeating Diamond Title Visio Shape

Add cool titles to your documents with this repeating shape that encases text characters in individual diamonds.

HAL 9000: a Shape Odyssey
December 29, 2010 – 1:01 pm | 4 Comments | 15708 views
HAL 9000: a Shape Odyssey

Download a HAL 9000 Visio shape. This glowing eyeball is shiny and cool looking, and can be put to many different diagramming uses!

No Flash Blue Lego Visio Shape
December 23, 2010 – 6:54 am | 5 Comments | 20469 views
No Flash Blue Lego Visio Shape

No documentation of Apple-related products would be complete without the Blue Lego Icon.
Whether you’re a UI Designer or a Smart @ss, you will surely be able to put this Visio SmartShape to use!

Apple iPad Visio Shape
December 19, 2010 – 6:44 pm | 7 Comments | 60471 views
Apple iPad Visio Shape

Apple iPad?
There’s a shape for that!

Husky & Cougar Visio Logo Shapes
December 3, 2010 – 4:30 pm | 7 Comments | 19893 views
Husky & Cougar Visio Logo Shapes

Dec. 29 2010. The Huskies have weaseled their way into a bowl game, a rematch with Nebraska today.
GO DAWGS!

New Article about Validation Rules in Visio 2010
October 21, 2010 – 3:09 pm | No Comment | 62618 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 …

Seattle Seahawks Visio SmartShape
October 15, 2010 – 3:36 pm | 2 Comments | 16298 views
Seattle Seahawks Visio SmartShape

The Seattle Seahawks logo is used to illustrate how Visio SmartShape behavior can make cool graphics easy to use and infinitely more useful.

Visio Eye Chart Template
September 29, 2010 – 1:57 pm | 5 Comments | 22790 views
Visio Eye Chart Template

Eye charts can be fun when…you’re not at the Eye Doctor!
This Visio eye chart template allows you to quickly create your own eye chart to amuse your audience and get your point across!

Visio Beer Maßkrug SmartShape
September 23, 2010 – 1:38 pm | 8 Comments | 17010 views
Visio Beer Maßkrug SmartShape

Oktoberfest meets Visio with this intelligently-resizing beer stein (Maßkrug) shape. Prost!

BPMN Process Modeling: A Conversation With Bruce Silver
August 18, 2010 – 12:27 pm | 2 Comments | 16909 views
BPMN Process Modeling: A Conversation With Bruce Silver

If you’re excited about the new Business Process Modeling features in Visio 2010, we’ve found an interview with BPM industry expert Bruce Silver that you’ll find interesting!

Visio in Concert!
July 22, 2010 – 11:00 am | 17 Comments | 21450 views
Visio in Concert!

See how Visio is used to layout stage details for orchestral performances in concert halls.