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List Separators in Visio’s ShapeSheet are Crazy!
April 21, 2010 – 1:53 pm | 2 Comments | 15790 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, …

Choose Colors with Shape Data Fields
October 21, 2009 – 6:54 am | 19 Comments | 28827 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 …

Trilogy-meter Data Graphics Part I
February 23, 2009 – 12:42 pm | 2 Comments | 26102 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!

A Re-programmable Visio Multi-shape: The Configurable Stickman!
November 14, 2008 – 12:48 pm | 4 Comments | 24151 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!

A SmartShape is Worth 1000 Symbols
September 22, 2008 – 9:45 pm | 9 Comments | 39897 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!

How to Build Smart Frames and Bezels #2
July 12, 2008 – 5:59 pm | No Comment | 11336 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 …

Visio Microphone Shape
June 18, 2008 – 7:48 pm | 4 Comments | 27160 views
Visio Microphone Shape

Download and enjoy this multi-featured Visio SmartShape of a Microphone, submitted by one of our users!

How to Build Smart Frames and Bezels #1
June 15, 2008 – 2:42 pm | 3 Comments | 17381 views
How to Build Smart Frames and Bezels #1

Learn how to parameterize your Visio SmartShapes by using ShapeSheet formulas to control Geometry. In this first article in a series, you’ll build a frame shape which maintains a constant border-thickness when the shape is resized!

Punish Your Users with (not so) SmartShapes That Misbehave
June 14, 2008 – 4:37 pm | 5 Comments | 14248 views
Punish Your Users with (not so) SmartShapes That Misbehave

Learn how to add smarts to your Visio SmartShapes–and have fun doing it–by looking at mischievous examples of badly behaved, not-so-smart shapes!

Understanding Arc-Resize Problems in Visio
April 28, 2008 – 10:16 pm | 6 Comments | 25041 views
Understanding Arc-Resize Problems in Visio

If you’ve ever drawn arcs in Visio, then grouped them together, you may have noticed that they behave oddly when you resize the group. In this article, we’ll explain why this happens and how to fix it. You’ll also learn about the two shape interaction styles that Visio shapes have: 1D and 2D shapes!

Center-sizing Smart Shapes
April 15, 2008 – 6:01 am | 6 Comments | 29616 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!

SmartShape Tutorial: Fading Trees
December 3, 2007 – 8:51 pm | 11 Comments | 31251 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.

Visio Film Strip Shapes: Hurray for Hollywood!
September 25, 2007 – 9:28 am | 4 Comments | 33092 views
Visio Film Strip Shapes: Hurray for Hollywood!

Learn how to take a strip of icons and turn it into a Visio multi-shape. Your new “Film Strip Shape” will react to right-mouse clicks or shape data values to show one of the icons. You’ll also learn how to convert these shapes into Icon Sets for use with Visio 2007’s Data Graphics feature!

Off-center Radial Fill Effect
August 30, 2007 – 4:13 am | 12 Comments | 21246 views
Off-center Radial Fill Effect

Learn how to create an offset radial fill effect to add cool 3D effects to your Visio SmartShapes!

Resize Text With Metafiles!
August 24, 2007 – 3:35 am | 9 Comments | 32742 views
Resize Text With Metafiles!

Learn how to create non-changing text that resizes with your Visio SmartShapes by using metafiles!

Text Resizing with ShapeSheet Formulas
August 21, 2007 – 5:50 am | 26 Comments | 46916 views
Text Resizing with ShapeSheet Formulas

Learn how to use the ShapeSheet to make font-sizes increase and decrease with the size of your shapes.

Map Distance Dimension Line
July 13, 2007 – 3:14 am | 12 Comments | 24054 views
Map Distance Dimension Line

Download a dimension-line shape that can be set to match the scale of an imported background images, maps or plans. You can then accurately measure and document dimensions on the imported graphic.

Month Math
July 10, 2007 – 3:14 am | 4 Comments | 18306 views
Month Math

If you are doing date-related calculations in Visio’s ShapeSheet, you may occasionally want to add months to dates. Read this article to find out how!

User-defined ShapeSheet Functions in Visio 2007
January 1, 2007 – 7:04 pm | 5 Comments | 31664 views
User-defined ShapeSheet Functions in Visio 2007

Learn how to use the ShapeSheet more efficiently by defining reusable custom functions that can be called from multiple cells.

Constraining Angle with the BOUND ShapeSheet Function
December 14, 2006 – 10:35 am | One Comment | 19484 views
Constraining Angle with the BOUND ShapeSheet Function

Learn how to add constraints to your Visio shapes using the ShapeSheet’s BOUND function.

Visio Advent Calendar
December 1, 2006 – 8:55 pm | 4 Comments | 22987 views
Visio Advent Calendar

Count the days ’til Santa arrives with the Visio Advent Calendar. Devs can peek under the hood to see how the ShapeSheet makes this thing tick!

Polyline Shape Maker
November 27, 2006 – 7:05 am | 7 Comments | 23573 views
Polyline Shape Maker

Learn about the ShapeSheet’s POLYLINE function and PolyLineTo row type, and how they can work to make your shapes smaller and faster. Download the VBA code that will help you poly-line-ify your shapes with the click of a button!

Counting Geometry Sections
October 4, 2006 – 10:17 am | 6 Comments | 16046 views
Counting Geometry Sections

Abuse the ShapeSheet by using gargantuan formulas to cleverly count geometry sections in a ShapeSheet — a feature that is “technically” not provided for by conventional thinking.

Casting Units in Visio’s ShapeSheet
October 3, 2006 – 11:50 pm | 4 Comments | 19134 views
Casting Units in Visio’s ShapeSheet

If you are developing Visio solutions for use in many cultures, you will be interested in this article’s explanation of how to control units in the ShapeSheet.