Text Outlines in Visio
March 1, 2015 – 8:00 pm | 2 Comments | 1128 views

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!

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The Best Things Come in 3’s: Visio 2010, analystView, & Easier Process Improvement
June 2, 2010 | 3 Comments | 23487 views
The Best Things Come in 3’s: Visio 2010, analystView, & Easier Process Improvement

Microsoft MVP Scott Helmers introduces you to Global360’s new analystView product and explains how it will help you to easily improve your business’ processes.

Playing with the Shape of Data
May 31, 2010 | 6 Comments | 14846 views
Playing with the Shape of Data

Are you interested in data visualization, presentation and graphical representations?
Me too!
I spent this morning playing around with various visual forms, to see how well they convey information. You might enjoy my mini-study, and like to …

World Cup 2010 Team Flags Visio Multi-shape
May 30, 2010 | 2 Comments | 25524 views
World Cup 2010 Team Flags Visio Multi-shape

It’s almost here! The 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa!
Time to spruce up your Visio diagrams!

Sci-fi Movie Quotes Visualized
May 27, 2010 | 4 Comments | 16962 views
Sci-fi Movie Quotes Visualized

Nathan over at FlowingData has been wasting time visualizing quotes from Sci-fi flicks.
It’s not his fault. The people at Sci Fi Wire gave him the bug.
Now I’m infected.

Get Web Hex Color Values from Visio Shapes
May 14, 2010 | One Comment | 25143 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 …

Visio 2010 Premium, Pro & Standard Add-ons List
May 5, 2010 | 3 Comments | 54422 views
Visio 2010 Premium, Pro & Standard Add-ons List

See an extensive list of all the Visio add-ons that ship with each particular edition of Visio 2010: Premium, Pro or Standard.

Download the New Visio 2010 SDK!
May 1, 2010 | 6 Comments | 25127 views
Download the New Visio 2010 SDK!

If you’re a Visio developer, then Christmas has arrived! The Visio 2010 Software Development Kit has just been made available as a free download from Microsoft.com.

3D Beveled Button Visio Smart Shape
April 22, 2010 | 6 Comments | 33729 views
3D Beveled Button Visio Smart Shape

This 3D beveled button shape looks good, no matter what color you make it. It comes with lots of options so that get it to look just right!

Making Bends in Visio’s Dynamic Connector
April 21, 2010 | 25 Comments | 66590 views
Making Bends in Visio’s Dynamic Connector

Learn how to add V-shaped and U-shaped bends to your Visio Dynamic connector shapes!

List Separators in Visio’s ShapeSheet are Crazy!
April 21, 2010 | 2 Comments | 18781 views
List Separators in Visio’s ShapeSheet are Crazy!

Are you developing Visio solutions that will be used across the Globe? Have you experienced strange behavior using ShapeSheet functions like INDEX, LOOKUP, SUM, RGB or others that involve lists of items?
If so, then you, …

1D Shape Handles Through the Years
March 22, 2010 | 11 Comments | 24750 views
1D Shape Handles Through the Years

Learn how to distinguish “1D” shape handles in Visio, so you can tell where a line-style shape begins and where it ends!

Text Along a Connector’s Path in Microsoft Visio 2010
February 9, 2010 | 50 Comments | 67528 views
Text Along a Connector’s Path in Microsoft Visio 2010

A feature lacking in Visio, like for-EVER, is the ability to align text along a connector’s path.
Now, Visio 2010’s new ShapeSheet functions and capabilities finally deliver.
Today we’ll show-off the cool new connector that I’ve developed …

Sample Banking Scandal Visio Flowchart
February 5, 2010 | 2 Comments | 24323 views
Sample Banking Scandal Visio Flowchart

Download and play with this custom “info-graphic” style flowchart that I re-created from a newspaper article.

SQL Server 2005 Microsoft Visio Stencils
February 4, 2010 | 16 Comments | 82760 views
SQL Server 2005 Microsoft Visio Stencils

Browse preview images of SQL Server 2005 shapes for Microsoft Visio. Take a quick glance at all 6 stencils, 6 templates, 102 master shapes and 9 out of the 34 sample drawings available in this free download!

See New Perspectives with 3D Geometry Shapes
January 28, 2010 | 10 Comments | 58708 views
See New Perspectives with 3D Geometry Shapes

Take an up-close look at all twenty-five 3D Geometry shapes that come as part of the Visio Educational Shapes stencil set, free from Microsoft: .

Angle Shapes Help You Illustrate Geometry in Visio
January 26, 2010 | 3 Comments | 34523 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 | 28838 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 | 30865 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 | 46697 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 | 2 Comments | 25637 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 | 34151 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 | 17246 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 | 6 Comments | 16756 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 | 10 Comments | 66259 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 | 16222 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 | 23625 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 | 12303 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 | 13173 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 | 18925 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 | 10 Comments | 38514 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 | 21 Comments | 35079 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 | 36676 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 …