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World Cup 2014 Country Flag Shapes
June 8, 2014 – 12:36 am | 2 Comments | 3332 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 | 10 Comments | 7196 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 | 13 Comments | 6238 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 | 7192 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 | 10163 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 | 8364 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 | 7737 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 | 16950 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 | 28511 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 | 18904 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 | 7 Comments | 17737 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 | 22332 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 | 31172 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 | 14790 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 | 14070 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 | 20533 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 | 11269 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 | 10432 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 | 2 Comments | 14233 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 | 19024 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 | 6 Comments | 55508 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 | 18206 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 | 59596 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 | 14892 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 | 21307 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 | 15956 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 | 16078 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 | 19999 views
Visio in Concert!

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

Sample Chapter for Rules & Validation Book
July 21, 2010 – 7:20 am | 2 Comments | 14303 views
Sample Chapter for Rules & Validation Book

You might have heard about David Parker’s new book about Visio 2010 Premium’s Rules and Validation for process diagramming.
We’ve just discovered that there’s a free chapter available online, so you can kick the tires before …

New Book: Visio 2010 Rules, Validation & Business Process Diagramming
July 19, 2010 – 11:42 am | One Comment | 35541 views
New Book: Visio 2010 Rules, Validation & Business Process Diagramming

Read about David Parker’s new book about Microsoft Visio 2010 Business Process Diagramming and Validation that helps you to create custom rule sets for validating your Visio 2010 Premium-based solutions!

Visio 2010 Flowchart Shapes Get Smarter
July 1, 2010 – 1:53 pm | 10 Comments | 27160 views
Visio 2010 Flowchart Shapes Get Smarter

Learn how Visio 2010′s flowchart shapes have gotten smarter and save you work!

World Cup 2010 in Visio…and SharePoint!
June 28, 2010 – 11:01 am | One Comment | 16669 views
World Cup 2010 in Visio…and SharePoint!

See a neat, visual example of Visio 2010, Visio Services and SharePoint 2010 at work.