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NHL Team Logo Visio Shapes
February 12, 2018 – 3:09 pm | No Comment | 432 views
NHL Team Logo Visio Shapes

Download a set of NHL Visio shapes and learn about Visio’s data-linking features. Or just monitor standings and manage office betting pools graphically, if you’d rather!

Visio 2016 Training Videos
January 31, 2018 – 4:55 pm | 2 Comments | 960 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 | 1314 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 | 1774 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!

Vector Math Shape: Dot- & Cross Product Fun
November 28, 2017 – 11:53 pm | No Comment | 2079 views
Vector Math Shape: Dot- & Cross Product Fun

The downloadable Visio shape lets you visually manipulate the points that form a triangle, and see how the numerical data for the vectors that define the triangle change. You can see the vector data, dot-products, cross-products, as well as the area of the triangle defined.

Stroke-Dasharray Shape for Visio Custom Line Patterns
October 11, 2017 – 11:13 pm | 2 Comments | 9400 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!

Visio Circle Arrows 2013
December 29, 2016 – 4:15 pm | 12 Comments | 27706 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 | 11349 views
Visio Viewer for iPad (and iPhone)

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

Thoughts on Surface Dial and Visio
December 14, 2016 – 10:44 am | One Comment | 13240 views
Thoughts on Surface Dial and Visio

Now that Microsoft has the new Surface Dial on offer, your non-mousehand will have something to fiddle with besides Ctrl + Z! What does it all mean?

iPad Viewer for Visio by Nektony
August 31, 2016 – 2:18 pm | 2 Comments | 11582 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!

Visio Nerd Videos – For Developers!
July 14, 2016 – 6:15 pm | 3 Comments | 16910 views
Visio Nerd Videos – For Developers!

Watch these videos on Visio developer-related topics to learn how Visio works under-the-hood, and control it programmatically!

Truly “No-Glue-To” Shapes
July 12, 2016 – 11:29 am | 3 Comments | 15286 views
Truly “No-Glue-To” Shapes

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.

Venn Bubble Diagram Hierarchy Thingamajig Template
July 11, 2016 – 1:35 pm | No Comment | 14151 views
Venn Bubble Diagram Hierarchy Thingamajig Template

Download this free template that will help you to create a Venn-inspired, hierarchical bubble diagram using some nifty Visio SmartShapes!

AutoCAD 2013 + Visio 2016 + Webcast July 12
July 6, 2016 – 3:57 pm | 2 Comments | 13851 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.

Alt > File > Brexit
June 28, 2016 – 5:44 pm | No Comment | 10242 views
Alt > File > Brexit

Fellow MVP David Parker from bVisual.net just posted a link to a very topical blog post that he made a few years ago.

UEFA Euro Cup 2016 Visio Diagram
June 10, 2016 – 4:50 pm | One Comment | 11350 views
UEFA Euro Cup 2016 Visio Diagram

I’ve made a Visio diagram that will help you track the progress of the UEFA European Cup 2016.

Simple Cabling Shape with Length Reporting
June 6, 2016 – 5:15 pm | No Comment | 18559 views
Simple Cabling Shape with Length Reporting

Learn how to create a simple cable shape with any arbitrary path that displays its length, even when changed or edited.

Über Rack Unit Dimension Line
April 19, 2016 – 4:03 pm | 3 Comments | 22829 views
Über Rack Unit Dimension Line

Learn about the features and usage of a new shape for labeling rack units on network equipment diagrams. The shape is fully configurable, and can be used to measure and label units of any size and name.

Word Cloud Area-filling Text Shape
November 25, 2015 – 12:44 pm | 7 Comments | 17706 views
Word Cloud Area-filling Text Shape

Download a clever Visio SmartShape that sizes text to fit rectangles of any dimension!

Lumia 950 vs. 950XL Comparison Template
November 20, 2015 – 12:09 pm | 2 Comments | 16637 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!

Unioning Shapes, and Cleaning Them Up
July 10, 2015 – 11:09 am | No Comment | 26047 views
Unioning Shapes, and Cleaning Them Up

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!

Visio Minions SmartShape Concept
June 16, 2015 – 11:45 am | 4 Comments | 25356 views
Visio Minions SmartShape Concept

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 …

Text Outlines in Visio
March 1, 2015 – 8:00 pm | 3 Comments | 35072 views
Text Outlines in Visio

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!

On the Road with Surface Pro 3, Part 2
November 11, 2014 – 9:00 pm | 6 Comments | 32429 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 | 4 Comments | 47750 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 | 5 Comments | 30586 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 | 38696 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 | 3 Comments | 40579 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 | 52 Comments | 101335 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 | 37 Comments | 61958 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 | 14 Comments | 103550 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 | 37879 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 …