On the Road with Surface Pro 3
July 8, 2014 – 6:26 am | 16 Comments | 5468 views

In this ongoing post, I’ll relate my experiences and impressions of life with my shiny-new Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 3 tablet/ultrabook.

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Number Your Pages Visually
April 15, 2009 | 7 Comments | 22081 views
Number Your Pages Visually

Show status with dots and circles instead of numbers, silly!

Rack Server Virtualization Add-in
April 14, 2009 | 9 Comments | 55802 views
Rack Server Virtualization Add-in

Learn about a new add-in for Visio 2007 Professional from Microsoft. This Add-In will help you plan your hardware utilization by generating before- and after detailed views of your racks and servers.

Wake Up Your Audience With Who Want’s to Be a Millionaire
April 10, 2009 | 4 Comments | 18153 views
Wake Up Your Audience With Who Want’s to Be a Millionaire

Everybody knows (and loves?) the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
It has great graphics and an addictive format that you could use to add spice to your PowerPoint presentations.
And since a lot of …

Path Analysis in Visio
April 8, 2009 | 10 Comments | 42877 views
Path Analysis in Visio

Download a Visio file packed with sample VBA code that will help you understand not only connectors and connecting in Visio, but also path analysis as well!

Visio Squircles
April 2, 2009 | 4 Comments | 15158 views
Visio Squircles

Download a Visio shape that resolves the conflict between the straight and the curved, between circle and square. With the Visio Squircle, your diagrams will look modern and retro at the same time!

Get Amazing Results With Hidden Function (April Fool’s)
April 1, 2009 | 6 Comments | 10631 views
Get Amazing Results With Hidden Function (April Fool’s)

The other day, I was poking around my system, opening .dlls and .exes with Notepad to see if anything interesting popped up.
One file buried in Visio’s installation directory hit paydirt: visaflfn.dll

Run Circles Around Your Text With the Circle-text Title SmartShape
March 27, 2009 | 7 Comments | 27579 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 …

Map of Ireland
March 17, 2009 | No Comment | 16218 views
Map of Ireland

Download a Visio map of Ireland to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

NCAA Final Four Interactive Visio Tournament Bracket
March 16, 2009 | 7 Comments | 27315 views
NCAA Final Four Interactive Visio Tournament Bracket

Download this interactive NCAA Final Four Visio bracket and track your favorite teams as they rise or fall in this year’s March madness!

Evaluate Shape Text With EvalText
March 10, 2009 | 16 Comments | 19347 views
Evaluate Shape Text With EvalText

Learn a ShapeSheet trick that lets you convert Visio shape text to meaningful numbers and quantities, and build a calculator that accepts free-form text as input.

DIP Switch Shapes Gone Wild!
February 28, 2009 | 5 Comments | 24560 views
DIP Switch Shapes Gone Wild!

Recently in the Visio Guy Newsgroups, user Ziorg77 submitted a wonderful Visio SmartShape of a DIP switch, where you could toggle each of the eight switches individually.
This led to a flurry of discussion, and several …

Trilogy-meter Data Graphics Part III
February 25, 2009 | 5 Comments | 12586 views
Trilogy-meter Data Graphics Part III

Today, we continue with the movie-trilogy theme, but concentrate on advanced tips for importing and working with multiple shapes automatically.
This is the third and final piece in our trilogy of articles on Visio data graphics …

Trilogy-meter Data Graphics Part II
February 24, 2009 | No Comment | 15293 views
Trilogy-meter Data Graphics Part II

Today we’re going to talk about adorning Visio shapes with data graphics, and the extreme flexibility that Visio data graphics offer.
This is slightly different than what we discussed previously in Trilogy-meter Data Graphics Part I. …

Trilogy-meter Data Graphics Part I
February 23, 2009 | 2 Comments | 25790 views
Trilogy-meter Data Graphics Part I

Learn how to create a bar-graph Visio shape which visually responds to data. Once you’ve built this SmartShape, we’ll then show you how to link it to external data imported from Excel!

Create Clean & Tidy Visio Shapes Using Images With Transparent Backgrounds
February 17, 2009 | 11 Comments | 76111 views
Create Clean & Tidy Visio Shapes Using Images With Transparent Backgrounds

Learn how to create clean & tidy Visio shapes from .png images that you get from the web! You’ll learn how to remove background clutter from the images so that your images look more like genuine Visio shapes!

Amazon Kindle 2 Visio Network Shape
February 10, 2009 | 3 Comments | 27840 views
Amazon Kindle 2 Visio Network Shape

I think the time is overdue for another “vanity” Visio network shape.
And since Amazon.com has been making a lot of noise lately about its new Kindle 2 book reader, I’ve been inspired to oblige.
This version …

Design Web Pages With This Visio Breadcrumbs Shape
February 3, 2009 | 4 Comments | 32508 views
Design Web Pages With This Visio Breadcrumbs Shape

Learn about a free Visio Breadcrumb Shape that is feature-packed, fun to use, and will speed up your web-site designs!

Title Block #3: Smart Tabs, Smart Text
January 23, 2009 | 7 Comments | 33606 views
Title Block #3: Smart Tabs, Smart Text

Learn how to create Visio title block shapes with field labels and values, all neatly arranged using intelligent smart tab stops.

Flip the Switch, Feed the Creature
January 22, 2009 | 4 Comments | 13403 views
Flip the Switch, Feed the Creature

Learn about conditional formatting of Visio SmartShapes, and enjoy an ancient treat from the dusty, musty Visio archives!

Steelers Logo Visio Shapes
January 21, 2009 | 5 Comments | 38283 views
Steelers Logo Visio Shapes

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

Visio SmartShape for Inauguration Day 2009
January 20, 2009 | 2 Comments | 10854 views
Visio SmartShape for Inauguration Day 2009

Download and learn with this Visio file and SmartShape that relate to today’s momentous US Presidential inauguration!

Super Mask Visio Clipping Shape
November 28, 2008 | 12 Comments | 25110 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.

Title Block #2: Let’s Make a Multi-field SmartShape!
November 19, 2008 | 18 Comments | 41516 views
Title Block #2: Let’s Make a Multi-field SmartShape!

Learn to create a Visio title block shape that has built-in fields which display information about your Visio document.

A Re-programmable Visio Multi-shape: The Configurable Stickman!
November 14, 2008 | 4 Comments | 23750 views
A Re-programmable Visio Multi-shape: The Configurable Stickman!

Learn about an exceptional Visio SmartShape: a shape that allows you to define your own Multi-shape. With the Configurable Stickman, you can define up to five different poses that can then be quickly recalled with the click of a mouse!

Visio Multi-shapes
November 10, 2008 | 7 Comments | 52991 views
Visio Multi-shapes

Learn about Visio Multi-shapes, where to find them, how to use them, and how they can save you time!

Make Your Text Stand Out!
October 31, 2008 | 4 Comments | 25621 views
Make Your Text Stand Out!

Make your text stand out with a ShapeSheet formula that chooses a contrasting text-color, based on the fill color of your shape.

Title Blocks #1: How to Display Existing Document Information
October 21, 2008 | 28 Comments | 73449 views
Title Blocks #1: How to Display Existing Document Information

Create more intelligent title block shapes by inserting fields into the text of your Visio shapes that automatically link to information about the document! Your title blocks will be smarter, your drawings completed more quickly, and you’ll spend less time re-keying information!

Add Personality to Your Visio Drawings With People Faces
October 21, 2008 | 5 Comments | 30743 views
Add Personality to Your Visio Drawings With People Faces

Download a set of 30 faces and hats that you can glue to Visio people shapes and add life to your Visio drawings!

Improving Visio’s Save As Web Feature
September 29, 2008 | No Comment | 23876 views
Improving Visio’s Save As Web Feature

When you Save As Web with Visio, you create a subdirectory full of small files, just begging to be modified. This article points you to resources that will help you to understand and work with those files so that you can get Save As Web to do what you really want it to do.

A SmartShape is Worth 1000 Symbols
September 22, 2008 | 9 Comments | 39176 views
A SmartShape is Worth 1000 Symbols

Learn about the benefits of Visio SmartShapes, the power of the ShapeSheet, and how a few parameterized Visio shapes can replace a whole set of “dumb” clip-art symbols!

Add Multiple Layers At Once With This Neat Trick
September 18, 2008 | 10 Comments | 85352 views
Add Multiple Layers At Once With This Neat Trick

Learn a handy tip for adding multiple layers to a Visio page or Visio shape in one, quick, easy operation!

Hexagonal Custom Fill Pattern
September 9, 2008 | 2 Comments | 24900 views
Hexagonal Custom Fill Pattern

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