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Crayon Visio Network Shapes, Revisited
August 16, 2011 – 9:41 am | 3 Comments | 33232 views
Crayon Visio Network Shapes, Revisited

The popular Visio Crayon Network Shapes have been improved and extended. Have a look at what’s new and download the latest and greatest!

Visio SmartFace
April 7, 2011 – 12:56 pm | One Comment | 14946 views
Visio SmartFace

Show the full range of human emotion with just a few clicks of this Visio “smart face” SmartShape!

Repeating Diamond Title Visio Shape
March 3, 2011 – 10:41 pm | No Comment | 11240 views
Repeating Diamond Title Visio Shape

Add cool titles to your documents with this repeating shape that encases text characters in individual diamonds.

Seattle Seahawks Visio SmartShape
October 15, 2010 – 3:36 pm | 2 Comments | 15912 views
Seattle Seahawks Visio SmartShape

The Seattle Seahawks logo is used to illustrate how Visio SmartShape behavior can make cool graphics easy to use and infinitely more useful.

Visio Beer Maßkrug SmartShape
September 23, 2010 – 1:38 pm | 8 Comments | 16792 views
Visio Beer Maßkrug SmartShape

Oktoberfest meets Visio with this intelligently-resizing beer stein (Maßkrug) shape. Prost!

Text Along a Connector’s Path in Microsoft Visio 2010
February 9, 2010 – 8:46 am | 47 Comments | 55559 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 …

Visio Spectrum Shape
September 2, 2009 – 3:18 pm | 5 Comments | 21995 views
Visio Spectrum Shape

A rainbow spectrum can really liven-up a diagram and clarify a point that you are trying to make.
Whether you are trying to illustrate a broad band of choices or options, talking about a range of …

Automatic Chevron Process Shape
August 4, 2009 – 5:07 pm | 42 Comments | 84289 views
Automatic Chevron Process Shape

If you need a Visio shape that allows you to quickly create a chain of “chevron” arrows for your management presentations, then you have come to the right place! Our Visio SmartShape is jammed full of smart behaviors that save you a ton of time!

Take Note With the Visio Sticky Note Shape
April 17, 2009 – 6:36 am | 8 Comments | 29366 views
Take Note With the Visio Sticky Note Shape

Stick it to your Visio diagrams with this Post-it note SmartShape that you can show and hide at will.

Visio Squircles
April 2, 2009 – 5:00 am | 4 Comments | 15660 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!

Run Circles Around Your Text With the Circle-text Title SmartShape
March 27, 2009 – 8:00 am | 7 Comments | 28890 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 …

DIP Switch Shapes Gone Wild!
February 28, 2009 – 9:00 am | 5 Comments | 26480 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 I
February 23, 2009 – 12:42 pm | 2 Comments | 26458 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!

Design Web Pages With This Visio Breadcrumbs Shape
February 3, 2009 – 4:05 pm | 4 Comments | 33828 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!

Flip the Switch, Feed the Creature
January 22, 2009 – 6:16 am | 4 Comments | 13741 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!

Visio SmartShape for Inauguration Day 2009
January 20, 2009 – 1:11 pm | 2 Comments | 11144 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!

‘Indexed’ Shapes – for that Hand-drawn Look
August 20, 2008 – 10:33 am | 27 Comments | 48952 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 – 8:53 pm | 11 Comments | 55916 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!

How to Build Smart Frames and Bezels #2
July 12, 2008 – 5:59 pm | No Comment | 11508 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 …

Go 3D with Free Isometric Piping Shapes for Visio
June 25, 2008 – 7:42 pm | 47 Comments | 124358 views
Go 3D with Free Isometric Piping Shapes for Visio

Learn about a set of shapes for creating 3D-like isometric piping diagrams that you can download for free!

European Cup 2008 Auto-Updating Visio Diagram (v2)
June 21, 2008 – 8:49 am | 2 Comments | 19238 views
European Cup 2008 Auto-Updating Visio Diagram (v2)

UPDATE!
Hey football/soccer fans! We’ve got an update to our automated smart drawing for this years European Cup soccer tournament.
Perhaps you are familiar with the first version, which can be found here: European Cup 2008 …

Visio Microphone Shape
June 18, 2008 – 7:48 pm | 4 Comments | 27610 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 | 17725 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 | 14500 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!

European Cup 2008 Auto-Updating Visio Diagram
June 9, 2008 – 1:49 pm | 22 Comments | 25629 views
European Cup 2008 Auto-Updating Visio Diagram

Track your favorite soccer/football teams for the 2008 European Cup with this semi-automatic Visio bracket.

“Laser” Shape
May 8, 2008 – 8:21 pm | 7 Comments | 28008 views
“Laser” Shape

Download a scaled Visio SmartShape of a laser show projector. The projection part of this shape is particularly fun. As you resize the projection distance and angle, you’ll get some cool effects!

Center-sizing Smart Shapes
April 15, 2008 – 6:01 am | 6 Comments | 30079 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!

Map of UK Counties and Boroughs
April 4, 2008 – 12:14 pm | 6 Comments | 20603 views
Map of UK Counties and Boroughs

Learn about David Parker’s Visio map of UK counties and boroughs, and fine out where you can get it!

How Many Fill Colors Can You Put on a Visio Shape?
March 4, 2008 – 5:15 pm | 13 Comments | 47290 views
How Many Fill Colors Can You Put on a Visio Shape?

Learn how to apply four colors to a single shape, make use of advanced gradient and transparency techniques, and download a shape that does it all!

Lorem Ipsum – Visio IA Text Placeholder Shape
February 11, 2008 – 7:13 am | No Comment | 22750 views
Lorem Ipsum – Visio IA Text Placeholder Shape

Spruce up your Information Architecture, Storyboarding, and Wireframe designs with the Visio SmartShape that automatically repeats a text-string of your choosing. Easily test the look of your text-layout by quickly filling regions with “dummy text” blocks.

SmartShape Tutorial: Fading Trees
December 3, 2007 – 8:51 pm | 11 Comments | 31749 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.

Logitech VX Revolution Mouse Shape
October 23, 2007 – 9:08 pm | 2 Comments | 22102 views
Logitech VX Revolution Mouse Shape

The Logitech VX Revolution Cordless Laser Mouse for Notebooks gets transformed into another over-drawn, yet attractive looking network hardware shape from Visio Guy!