In an ideal world every business process would each fit on a single page. Users have employed a variety of techniques to squeeze more information into a finite space. Ultimately some business process diagrams must span across more than one page. To maintain connectivity between the pages, Visio provides the Off-page reference shape.
The Off-page reference shape can be found in the Basic Flowchart Shapes stencil that opens with flowchart diagrams. It works like any other flowchart shape. You can connect it to other shapes and add text or formatting. When the Off-page reference is dropped on the page, a dialog box appears asking where the shape should link.
By default a new page will be created, and a copy of the Off-page reference shape will be added to that page. The two shapes are linked to each other via hyperlink and as well as double-click. There is also an option for synchronizing the text between the shapes.
However, this behavior is not limited to the Off-page reference shape. The functionality behind the shape is provided by the Off-Page Connector (OPC) add-on. Your shapes can offer the same linking capability by adding a few calls to this add-on. Put the following formulas into these cells in the Events section of the Shapesheet for your shape.
The EventDrop cell is triggered when the shape is dropped on a page. /CMD=1 tells the Off-Page Connector add-on to show the Off-page reference dialog. Clicking OK in the dialog will cause the add-on to insert the necessary tracking and linking information into your shape. EventDblClick is the trigger for double-clicking on the shape. TheText is the trigger for shape text changes.
There is a bonus feature in the Off-Page Connector add-on that is not exposed by the Off-page reference shape. It is possible to link to separate documents in addition to other pages in the same document. Use these formulas to trigger the Off-document reference.
When an Off-document reference is triggered, the Off-document reference dialog appears asking what document and page to link to. Once the link is established, double-clicking or activating the hyperlink will take you to the other document. Visio will open the other document if it is not opened already. Note that text synchronization is not provided across documents.
The Off-Page Connector add-on is available in both Visio Standard and Professional editions, so your custom reference shapes will work with any installation. If you use the Off-page reference shape or create diagrams that span across pages, please tell us about it. We would like to hear what types of drawings you work with and how you set up the links.
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These connectors are a bit primitive, especially at 2010 level. Why cant you just make an image a hyperlink which when clicked on goes to a new page like in Concept Map (eg Right Click on image "Send to New Page" (way smarter).). Once you finish mucking around with these connectors you have lost another couple of hours. The same goes for the display. If I wanted a marker that takes up 5% of the page size in my exported diagram I would consider using paint, not visio 2010.
I am attempting to use an the Off-page reference shape from within a program. Since this is an automated process I do now want to have the box appear each time I add a new set of shapes. I am wondering if their is a way to disable the display of the dialog box and populate the correct fields before I drop the shape. Any help would be appreciated!
I'm working with SAMA diagrams (a kind of logic diagrams for process industry). I know a lot of companies like ours would be interested in a diagramming software since there's nothing like this on the market today. I'm trying to replace our old time-consuming autocad diagramming system with visio, but OPC system is not enough "flexible" yet. I agree with anonymous and coyote for the need in a one-to many connector. It should be also useful to have other fields in the connector e.g.to show an unique ID (maybe automatically assigned, this should be useful for the programmers who will translate in software language the diagrams) and source/destination page. I would like to do it on my own but it looks like add-ons are not editable.
another bad help site. Still can't figure out how to change text of an off-page reference.
I think to add or change text in an Off-Page reference, select the Off-Page Reference and then select the Text Tool button (A). You should then be able to add or overwrite the text in the Off-Page reference.