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    Dev Luv: Visio’s XML File Format

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    Visio has a native XML file format for a Visio drawing, a Visio template, and a Visio stencil. We do not have the ability to save a Visio drawing into any other XML schema but our own (and SVG, if you are using Visio 2003). If users want Visio diagrams...
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    Visio Network Diagrams on the Pocket PC

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    I just heard about a nifty little application that iAdmin Mobile makes to let users view Visio diagrams on the PocketPC. It’s targeted at network administrators who want to browse Visio network diagrams on the go. Here’s what it might look like on the...
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    Automatically Setting Shape Color By Data Values In Visio Diagrams

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    Visio has a way to let you automatically color shapes by the values in the shape’s custom properties. Consider the case of an organization chart. By default, there are a number of custom properties on an organization chart shape, such as Name, Title,...
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    Dev Luv: Processing Text in Visio

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    There are two ways to process the text in shape text. You can use Shape.Text, which returns a string that contains placeholders for fields. I would use Shape.Text if I just wanted to read or write a string that did not contain any fields. If you think...
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    Visual Effects: Easy Elegance with Visio Shape Gradients

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    Visio shape gradients provide a fast way to give your shapes a professional-looking polish, especially for flowcharts and other diagrams that will be seen by a wide audience. You can set the gradient by selecting the shape, right-clicking, choosing Format...
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    Dev Luv: "Managed" Visio VSL Add-ons?

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    Visio solutions comes in three forms: Visio add-on, COM add-in, and VBA code stored in the document. This article on MSDN describes the differences between add-ons and add-ins. Most of the new solution development that I’ve seen use COM add-ins, which...
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    Dev Luv: Using the Double-click Event in Visio

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    The double-click event in Visio is driven by the Shapesheet. To prototype how this works, drop a shape onto a Visio page and go into that shape’s Shapesheet. Scroll down to the Event section in the Shapesheet (it’s towards the bottom) and look for the...
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    My Favorite Visio HotKeys

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    Visio hotkey combinations save you time and wrist flexibility. Here are the top hotkey combinations that I use every time I use Visio. Zoom in (Ctrl + mouse left-click ) and zoom out (Ctrl + mouse right-click ) Zoom so that a selection box fills the screen...
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    Dev Luv: Finding the Shape That Generated the Click Event in Visio

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    Visio 2003 introduced mouse and keyboard events into the Visio object model. These events are not shape-specific. The events return the x and y co-ordinates (in internal Visio units) for where the event occurred on the window or drawing page. The implementation...
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    Dev Luv: Programmability for the Visio Engine Versus Visio Solutions

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    A common question that I’ve seen on the Visio developer newsgroups asks for more information on automating the UML or Database Modeling functionality. There is no published automation model for UML or Database Modeling, which tends to puzzle most developers...
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    Storing and Re-using Your Favorite Visio Shapes

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    I’m back after a week out with a cold that has now visited each family member. Thanks to blog commenters for their well wishes, that was nice of you all! I wanted to talk about a handy way to store and re-use your favorite shapes in Visio. Most of the...
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    Applying Formatting to Multiple Visio Shapes At One Time

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    I’ve got a nasty cold right now. That first few weeks after school starts is one big sick-fest with kids happily swapping bugs and then bringing them home. So this will be a short blog. I promise to spend more time on developer topics next week, I know...
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    Troubleshooting Jagged Lines in Visio Flowcharts

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    As one user posted in blog feedback, it can be utterly aggravating when your flowchart acquires jagged lines . It's remarkably easy to get into this state. I don't know about you, but I end up with jagged lines when I start to resize shapes while maintaining...
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    Fast Visio Flowcharts

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    Here’s what I do if I want to create a simple but good-lookin’ Visio flowchart FAST. I’ve marked formatting steps as [OPTIONAL] since they aren’t required to put together the flowchart itself. 1) Finding the stencil: Open the Business Process | Basic...
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    Visio SP 1 Administrator Install Questions

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    I heard in email from a blog user asking: 1) How best to determine what SP is installed? 2) How to determine the path to where the app is installed (is there a reg key separate from the office key)? Sounded like a pretty common question that IT admins...
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    Visual Effects -- Soft Shadows on Rectangles and Circles

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    I have a Program Manager on my team named Matt who is a whiz at extracting cool effects from existing Visio functionality. One of the things that he’s discovered is the ability to combine Visio’s gradient support and shadow support to create a soft shadow...
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    Dev Luv: Visio and .NET Development

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    Visio, like the other apps in Office, is a COM application. Ergo, it has COM interfaces and needs a Primary Interop Assembly (PIA) to work with .NET applications. A pretty decent percentage of our current dev community uses .NET to build custom Visio...
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    Sample Images of a Visio Soft Fade Shape Applied

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    In an earlier blog, I talked about how to create a soft fade shape that adds a subtle yet very neat effect to a drawing. Using the soft shade I created, here’s how it affects different types of drawings. I think it works best with timelines, but you can...
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    Sample Images of Visio Color Schemes for Drawings

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    I just got my file download site set up so that I can post images of stuff that I talk about. Color schemes, as I was blogging earlier, are the easiest way to improve the appearance of your drawing. Color schemes are not treated equally in all drawing...
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    How do you use Visio?

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    I'd love to hear about the context in which you use drawings -- whether you're an end user of the app or a developer of custom solutions for the app. Want to post feedback and talk about how you use Visio? Me, I use Visio a lot. Here's some things that...
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    Dev Luv: Top Ten Things to Know When Using the Visio 2003 ActiveX Control

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    I have to say, I love the Visio ActiveX control. I think it is so cool to be able to make Visio functionality work in the context of your application user interface, rather than have your application conform to the context of the Visio user interface...
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    Visio 2003 SP 1

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    SP1 for Visio 2003 is available for download at: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=AFCA0578-E1FB-4540-B0CC-FF83DEF61CC6&displaylang=en. Install it. Among other things, it fixes printer problems that you might not know you have...
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    Dev Luv: Visio Development Top Five Performance Tips

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    Here are my favorite five recommendations for improving Visio performance in an app: Get a Cell by its location rather than its name : Retrieve a cell by its Section, Row, and Cell location in the ShapeSheet using CellsSRC, rather than by Cell name. It...
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    Visual Effects -- Soft Fade

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    If you’re willing to put a little more time into it, you can play around with transparencies and fills to create fades or bevels or soft shadows. Visio rendering is based on GDI+, which provides a rich foundation for visual effects. The easiest “advanced...
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    Welcome to the Visio blog!

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    Thanks for visiting! I'll be covering cool things that users can do with Visio, ranging from making it faster and easier to create a drawing to making your Visio drawing look great. I'll also be talking about Visio developer issues. I'm really interested...
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