Visio 2013 CAD Import Fixed with SP1
February 28, 2014 – 10:22 am | 6 Comments | 2283 views

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.

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Angle Shapes Help You Illustrate Geometry in Visio
January 26, 2010 | 3 Comments | 25492 views
Angle Shapes Help You Illustrate Geometry in Visio

Get a sneak peek at all the cool angle-related Visio shapes included in this free educational shapes stencil from Microsoft!

Visio 2010 Year-calendar (Jahreskalender) Template
January 20, 2010 | 5 Comments | 21434 views
Visio 2010 Year-calendar (Jahreskalender) Template

This single-sheet Viso year-calendar, or “Jahreskalendar” shows you all twelve months of the year 2010 in one compact format.

Visio 2010 Calendar Template (Premade!)
December 29, 2009 | 5 Comments | 25070 views
Visio 2010 Calendar Template (Premade!)

This pre-made calendar template has all twelve months for the year 2010 all laid out on twelve separate pages. It will save you a bunch of time and get you scheduling right away!

Faking 3D in Visio
December 10, 2009 | 10 Comments | 37435 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!

Advent Calendar 2009
November 29, 2009 | One Comment | 18010 views
Advent Calendar 2009

This year’s fresh, new advent calendar has 25 Visio-related goodies, hidden behind doors 1 through 25!

Get the Super-smart Visio Divided Box Shape!
November 25, 2009 | 13 Comments | 27586 views
Get the Super-smart Visio Divided Box Shape!

Visio Guy reader Sim sent me a request a few months ago for a Divided Box Shape. You know, title at the top, description in the bottom portion.
I’ve built lots of variations of this shape …

Storyboard Frame Shape
November 22, 2009 | 2 Comments | 14041 views
Storyboard Frame Shape

Download a Visio frame shape that allows you to dynamically change the border thickness and move the caption.

Visio Dino-gramming with Visrassic Dinosaur Shapes (for the kids)
November 18, 2009 | 5 Comments | 13638 views
Visio Dino-gramming with Visrassic Dinosaur Shapes (for the kids)

Get these ancient Visio dinosaur shapes, and make Visio drag-and-drop fun for the whole family!

Understanding Microsoft Office Visio 2007 Professional Pivot Diagrams
November 17, 2009 | 8 Comments | 34898 views
Understanding Microsoft Office Visio 2007 Professional Pivot Diagrams

Learn how to use Visio’s visual sibling to Excel’s Pivot Tables to import data and view it from different perspectives.

Remove Backgrounds From Images With Office 2010!
November 11, 2009 | 2 Comments | 11767 views
Remove Backgrounds From Images With Office 2010!

The upcoming release of Office 2010 from Microsoft has a cool feature that helps you to remove backgrounds from images. Now you can cut yourself out of a picture and place it into your Visio diagrams, while the background details show through!

Top Visio Guy Downloads (as of November 2009)
November 10, 2009 | 6 Comments | 20453 views
Top Visio Guy Downloads (as of November 2009)

See what other Visio Guy readers are downloading, and see how I visualized the download statistics!

Kill the Reviewing Toolbar!
November 9, 2009 | 3 Comments | 10221 views
Kill the Reviewing Toolbar!

Do you ever have this problem?
Every time you open a particular Visio diagram, the Review toolbar pops up. No matter how many times you close it, reset the toolbars and menus or scream, it never …

Visio 2010 Beta: Sign Up Now!
November 4, 2009 | 3 Comments | 10106 views
Visio 2010 Beta: Sign Up Now!

Register, Dave.
Dave, won’t you register?
Please register, Dave.
Dave, I think it’s time for you to register.
I think it would be best, Dave, if you would register for the Visio 2010 Beta.
Note: the beta period for …

Calculate Work Weeks For Your Visio Shapes
November 3, 2009 | 4 Comments | 14919 views
Calculate Work Weeks For Your Visio Shapes

We all know the numbers of the months. January is Number One! July is the 7th month, and December is the 12th.
But some folks need to know which week it is, and Visio has no …

“Follow the Money” Visio Sankey Diagram
October 26, 2009 | 8 Comments | 27946 views
“Follow the Money” Visio Sankey Diagram

See how one user used line-weight to make a sophisticated Sankey diagram in Visio!

Choose Colors with Shape Data Fields
October 21, 2009 | 17 Comments | 22639 views
Choose Colors with Shape Data Fields

Do you have shapes that contain multiple colors that you’d like to easily change?
Wouldn’t it be neat to be able to specify those colors in Shape Data fields, along with other parameters for the shape?
Visio’s …

Free Visio Partner Products for IT & Process Management
October 16, 2009 | 7 Comments | 30897 views
Free Visio Partner Products for IT & Process Management

The kind folks over in Redmond have informed the Visio Guy of some deals regarding add-on products from Visio partners.
If you are an IT guy or do business process management, then you should probably check …

Getting a Handle on Selecting and Subselecting Visio Shapes
October 13, 2009 | 7 Comments | 23717 views
Getting a Handle on Selecting and Subselecting Visio Shapes

Did you know that Visio allows you to select shapes inside of groups and manipulate them without ungrouping or opening new windows?
The feature is convenient and powerful, but the visual cues that tell you what …

Village of 100 People Diagrams
October 1, 2009 | 9 Comments | 32544 views
Village of 100 People Diagrams

Illustrate people-related statistics with this friendly, easy-to-understand, effective visualization template–in Visio!

Visio Guy is an MVP (Again)
October 1, 2009 | 6 Comments | 10377 views
Visio Guy is an MVP (Again)

I just got an e-mail from the Mother Ship that says I’ve been renewed as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional!

Double-headed Cross Functional Flowchart
September 28, 2009 | 29 Comments | 34336 views
Double-headed Cross Functional Flowchart

Long swimlane diagrams? This template puts headers at both ends, so you don’t forget where you are!

Harrison Clarity. Just the Videos M’am.
September 11, 2009 | No Comment | 23510 views
Harrison Clarity. Just the Videos M’am.

Harry Miller, video producer. The guy who filmed: five of the biggest Visio Nerds that ever lived. He’s been busy.
Creating instructional Visio videos. With a 40′s detective theme. Short. Succinct. Cool jazz music. Just the …

Visio Network Server Shape Icon Customization Tool
September 11, 2009 | 15 Comments | 82441 views
Visio Network Server Shape Icon Customization Tool

If you’ve ever needed to customize a Visio network server shape, then today is your day. We’ve got a tool that allows you to load custom icons into server shapes lickity-split.
The tool is easy to …

Visio Tutorial: Advanced Fill Effects
September 9, 2009 | 9 Comments | 30254 views
Visio Tutorial: Advanced Fill Effects

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

Visio Spectrum Shape
September 2, 2009 | 5 Comments | 19386 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 …

Visio 2010 SharePoint Workflows
August 10, 2009 | 12 Comments | 40633 views
Visio 2010 SharePoint Workflows

Visio 2010 includes a new template for Microsoft SharePoint Workflows. See what they look like, and find out what’s going on behind the scenes!

Visio 2010 Master Icons Get a Facelift!
August 6, 2009 | 14 Comments | 28585 views
Visio 2010 Master Icons Get a Facelift!

The end of an age of terror is nigh!
Visio 2010 creates a live preview of your master shapes so you don’t have to fiddle and futz around. You don’t have to waste time and effort …

Visio 2010 Live Preview – Formatting & Themes
July 28, 2009 | 4 Comments | 14312 views
Visio 2010 Live Preview – Formatting & Themes

See how Visio 2010 lets you preview formatting changes LIVE! See shapes change color and text change size and font family as your mouse hovers over options!

Visio 2010 Live Preview for Layout – Cool, Smooth Animations
July 27, 2009 | No Comment | 12408 views
Visio 2010 Live Preview for Layout – Cool, Smooth Animations

See how Visio 2010 does layout by easing your shapes into new positions with smooth, creamy animation!

Why Visio Shape Smarts Makes Your Life Easier
July 22, 2009 | 2 Comments | 16793 views
Why Visio Shape Smarts Makes Your Life Easier

It’s easy to use Visio and not notice some of the things that make it a great diagramming application.
One great feature is how shapes resize–or more aptly–how parts of shapes resize. If you’ve wondered about …

Run For Your Lives! Clippy Is Back!
July 17, 2009 | 4 Comments | 16049 views
Run For Your Lives! Clippy Is Back!

Your life is hard. You work hard all day. You attend endless meetings. You sit through HR sensitivity training. Life is stressful.
Microsoft Office 2010 is coming soon; SharePoint and Visio are getting the Ribbon. Life …