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Visio Keep Calm Template
September 6, 2012 – 9:08 am | No Comment | 32448 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 | 21292 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 …

Visio SmartFace
April 7, 2011 – 12:56 pm | One Comment | 15219 views
Visio SmartFace

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

Repeating Diamond Title Visio Shape
March 3, 2011 – 10:41 pm | No Comment | 11573 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 | 15694 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!

Husky & Cougar Visio Logo Shapes
December 3, 2010 – 4:30 pm | 7 Comments | 19882 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!

Seattle Seahawks Visio SmartShape
October 15, 2010 – 3:36 pm | 2 Comments | 16289 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 Touch Gesture UX Shapes
June 17, 2010 – 11:26 am | No Comment | 18619 views
Visio Touch Gesture UX Shapes

The frenzied launch of Apple’s sadly-named iPad really highlights how big touch-based user interfaces are these days. If you are a UX designer or are working out user interfaces, then you’ll need to include touch …

Get Web Hex Color Values from Visio Shapes
May 14, 2010 – 9:05 am | One Comment | 23148 views
Get Web Hex Color Values from Visio Shapes

Web designers and AI folks need to know what colors they are using. And they need to know precisely.
Bright red, Fuchsia  and Mauve just won’t do. They need exacting names like: #FF0000, #FF00FF and #E0B0FF.
Since …

Faking 3D in Visio
December 10, 2009 – 5:25 pm | 10 Comments | 43573 views
Faking 3D in Visio

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!

Visio Tutorial: Advanced Fill Effects
September 9, 2009 – 4:10 pm | 11 Comments | 37715 views
Visio Tutorial: Advanced Fill Effects

Learn two methods for creating sophisticated fill patterns for your Visio shapes!

Visio Spectrum Shape
September 2, 2009 – 3:18 pm | 5 Comments | 22386 views
Visio Spectrum Shape

A rainbow spectrum can really liven-up a diagram and clarify a point that you are trying to make.
Whether you are trying to illustrate a broad band of choices or options, talking about a range of …

Twitter @WordCloud #Visio
June 30, 2009 – 9:04 am | No Comment | 47160 views
Twitter @WordCloud #Visio

We want word clouds too! Here’s a first step towards getting them in Visio.

User Experience Shapes From UserFocus
June 19, 2009 – 12:06 pm | 5 Comments | 51791 views
User Experience Shapes From UserFocus

Get a cool, free Visio stencil full of people, office and document shapes for illustrating your ux research plan and process.

Run Circles Around Your Text With the Circle-text Title SmartShape
March 27, 2009 – 8:00 am | 7 Comments | 29291 views
Run Circles Around Your Text With the Circle-text Title SmartShape

The other day, I visited one of my favorite coffee houses in Munich: Aran. While sipping my mocha, the logo on the cup gave me the idea for a Visio SmartShape:
A title shape that automatically …

Steelers Logo Visio Shapes
January 21, 2009 – 7:47 am | 5 Comments | 40628 views
Steelers Logo Visio Shapes

Download classic and glitzy versions of the Pittsburgh Steelers classic logo, in Visio format.

Super Mask Visio Clipping Shape
November 28, 2008 – 4:39 pm | 12 Comments | 26485 views
Super Mask Visio Clipping Shape

Download a Visio SmartShape that allows you to mask/clip your drawings and diagrams. You can temporarily highlight just a particular portion of the drawing without being distracted by the rest of the details.

Hexagonal Custom Fill Pattern
September 9, 2008 – 11:27 pm | 2 Comments | 26334 views
Hexagonal Custom Fill Pattern

Download this free hexagonal pattern for Visio, and learn about creating your own Visio custom fill patterns.

‘Indexed’ Shapes – for that Hand-drawn Look
August 20, 2008 – 10:33 am | 27 Comments | 49724 views
‘Indexed’ Shapes – for that Hand-drawn Look

Create charts and graphs that have a hand-drawn look using this interesting set of Visio SmartShapes!

European Cup 2008 Country-Flag Visio Shapes
June 1, 2008 – 11:04 pm | 4 Comments | 36769 views
European Cup 2008 Country-Flag Visio Shapes

We’ve created sixteen Visio shapes that combine individual country-outlines with corresponding national flags. Whether you are sprucing up an Euro Cup 2008 related diagram, or creating other geographically related diagrams, be sure and get these shapes!

Word Balloon Visio SmartShape
May 29, 2008 – 7:47 am | 17 Comments | 67475 views
Word Balloon Visio SmartShape

Download this super-smart Word Balloon shape and make your Visio diagrams literally speak to your audience.

Center-sizing Smart Shapes
April 15, 2008 – 6:01 am | 6 Comments | 30437 views
Center-sizing Smart Shapes

Visio doesn’t have an option to resize shapes such that they remain on-center. But the free shapes in this article do!

Lens Flare & Highlight Shapes – Bling Bling!
April 6, 2008 – 9:55 pm | 3 Comments | 24212 views
Lens Flare & Highlight Shapes – Bling Bling!

Make your Visio shapes and diagrams glisten and shine with these flare and highlight shapes. Bling! Bling!

How to Draw Glass in Visio
March 18, 2008 – 6:31 pm | 11 Comments | 41379 views
How to Draw Glass in Visio

Learn how to create see-through, shiny glass effects using basic, end-user features of Visio!

How Many Fill Colors Can You Put on a Visio Shape?
March 4, 2008 – 5:15 pm | 13 Comments | 48501 views
How Many Fill Colors Can You Put on a Visio Shape?

Learn how to apply four colors to a single shape, make use of advanced gradient and transparency techniques, and download a shape that does it all!

Release the Power of Visio Custom Line Patterns
March 3, 2008 – 10:52 pm | 4 Comments | 47956 views
Release the Power of Visio Custom Line Patterns

Follow links to two excellent articles about creating your own Visio Custom Line Patterns, as well as download some fun patterns created just for you!

Circular Text Generator (version 2)
January 5, 2008 – 8:14 pm | 60 Comments | 82638 views
Circular Text Generator (version 2)

Download this improved version of the circular text generator and make your text go in circles.

SmartShape Tutorial: Fading Trees
December 3, 2007 – 8:51 pm | 11 Comments | 32100 views
SmartShape Tutorial: Fading Trees

Learn how to create interesting visual effects while uncovering the capabilities of Visio’s ShapeSheet and the Smart Shapes it enables you to create. This article shows you how to create a wintry scene with Smart Trees that fade into the distance as you reduce their size.

Circular Text Generator (version 1)
October 18, 2007 – 5:28 pm | 36 Comments | 65025 views
Circular Text Generator (version 1)

Finally, you can add text to a circle inside of Visio! This is first version of a series of tools to help you get your Visio text out-of-line!