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Visio Nerd Videos – For Developers!
July 14, 2016 – 6:15 pm | No Comment | 625 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 | No Comment | 526 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 | 640 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 | No Comment | 725 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 | 749 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 | 1819 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 | 1772 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 | 2898 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 | 5473 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 | 5898 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 | 9395 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 | No Comment | 12094 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 | 17648 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 | 19622 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 | 3 Comments | 30830 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 | 17102 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 | 21241 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 | 26344 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 | 40 Comments | 59801 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 | 26 Comments | 36161 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 | 13 Comments | 76979 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 | 25465 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 | 3 Comments | 21733 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 | 19218 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 | 33164 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 | 52063 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 | 36071 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 | 13 Comments | 41261 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 | 78502 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 | 55969 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 | 27782 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 | 31426 views
Visio SmartFace

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