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ShapeSheet through the Ages
September 17, 2014 – 9:26 am | 3 Comments | 2314 views
ShapeSheet through the Ages

This week on the Visio History Channel…
If you enjoyed yesterday’s walk down memory lane, and you lean toward the technical/programmer side, then you might enjoy this fluff piece–a look at the evolution of the ShapeSheet.

Get Web Hex Color Values from Visio Shapes
May 14, 2010 – 9:05 am | One Comment | 23590 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 …

List Separators in Visio’s ShapeSheet are Crazy!
April 21, 2010 – 1:53 pm | 2 Comments | 17053 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, …

Text Along a Connector’s Path in Microsoft Visio 2010
February 9, 2010 – 8:46 am | 47 Comments | 58733 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 …

Choose Colors with Shape Data Fields
October 21, 2009 – 6:54 am | 19 Comments | 31147 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 …

Why Visio Shape Smarts Makes Your Life Easier
July 22, 2009 – 7:59 am | 2 Comments | 19763 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 …

Flip the Switch, Feed the Creature
January 22, 2009 – 6:16 am | 4 Comments | 13953 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!

A Re-programmable Visio Multi-shape: The Configurable Stickman!
November 14, 2008 – 12:48 pm | 4 Comments | 25493 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!

Top 9 Reasons for Turning-on Developer Mode
August 4, 2008 – 5:48 am | 7 Comments | 33769 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 – 5:59 pm | No Comment | 11785 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 | 28375 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 | 18315 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 | 14829 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 | 26553 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 | 30749 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!

Smart LineWeight: Bigger Shape, Thicker Lines
March 29, 2008 – 9:00 am | 12 Comments | 17804 views
Smart LineWeight: Bigger Shape, Thicker Lines

Line thickness doesn’t increase or decrease with shape size. But sometimes you need it to. Find out how to make it happen, and how to apply the smarts automatically using VBA code.

SmartShape Tutorial: Fading Trees
December 3, 2007 – 8:51 pm | 12 Comments | 32437 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 | 34691 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 | 22278 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 | 34001 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 | 49629 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 | 16 Comments | 25266 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 | 20399 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 | 32761 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 | 20321 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 | 23834 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 | 24461 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!

Legend Shapes
November 20, 2006 – 7:24 am | 35 Comments | 128536 views
Legend Shapes

Learn about the Visio Legend Shape’s cool capabilities, find legend-enabled shapes in Visio, and learn how to add legend-functionality to your own Visio shapes!

Smart Chamfer – A Corner That Doesn’t Stretch
October 24, 2006 – 8:42 am | 3 Comments | 18868 views
Smart Chamfer – A Corner That Doesn’t Stretch

Learn how to create a chamfer by using the Fragment feature to slice a corner off of a Visio shape. Learn how to parameterize that chamfer by adding smart formulas via the ShapeSheet!

Connection Point Directions & Types
October 12, 2006 – 10:35 pm | 12 Comments | 54536 views
Connection Point Directions & Types

Learn about 2D glue and connection-point directions, and download a convenient tool that helps you to specify connection-point directions by graphically manipulating helper-shapes.

Counting Geometry Sections
October 4, 2006 – 10:17 am | 6 Comments | 16804 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 | 20140 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.