3-Label Dynamic Connector: Input Methods
April 24, 2014 – 11:21 pm | No Comment | 16 views

I’ve been working on a three-label, Visio dynamic connector and thought I’d share some of my design thoughts with you.

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Get Amazing Results With Hidden Function (April Fool’s)
April 1, 2009 | 6 Comments | 9968 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 | 6 Comments | 17474 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 | 15107 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 | 25553 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 | 18087 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 | 21275 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 | 11780 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 | 14445 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 | 24438 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 | 62591 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 | 25847 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 | 3 Comments | 30227 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 | 30946 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 | 12686 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 | 6 Comments | 35993 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 | 10273 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 | 11 Comments | 23289 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 | 36982 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 | 3 Comments | 22198 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 | One Comment | 48595 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 | 22159 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 | 22 Comments | 61339 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 | 28610 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 | 21651 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 | 36442 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 | 83306 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 | 23031 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 | 25 Comments | 41948 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!

Crayon Network Shapes
August 11, 2008 | 10 Comments | 50860 views
Crayon Network Shapes

Lighten-up and simplify your network presentations with Visio diagrams that use these Crayon Network shapes. You’ll get a laugh from your audience, and diffuse the tension that often accompanies complicated, technical subjects!

Create Better-looking, More-efficient SmartShapes
August 9, 2008 | 8 Comments | 37579 views
Create Better-looking, More-efficient SmartShapes

Learn how to add realistic effects to your Visio SmartShapes using innovative shadowing techniques and custom line patterns!

Top 9 Reasons for Turning-on Developer Mode
August 4, 2008 | 7 Comments | 28337 views
Top 9 Reasons for Turning-on Developer Mode

Learn about the benefits of Visio’s Developer Mode, how it will help you work more efficiently, and how it will solve some mysteries that you might have encountered with Visio 2007.

How to Build Smart Frames and Bezels #2
July 12, 2008 | No Comment | 10551 views
How to Build Smart Frames and Bezels #2

In our last article on smart frames, we built a SmartShape that maintained a constant border-thickness, no matter the size of the shape.
It was a fairly simple frame, it got the job done, but it …