September, 2007

Visio Insights
The official blog of the Microsoft Visio product team

September, 2007

  • Visio Insights

    Register for the 2008 Visio Conference


    It's time to make plans to attend the 2008 Visio Conference, the premier gathering event for the Visio community.  The Visio Conference is your chance to interact with fellow enthusiasts from around the globe including Visio partners, MVPs and the product team as well.

    The last conference was held in January 2006.  Those that attended found the experience quite rewarding.  Since that time Visio 2007 has shipped, enabling many new possibilities for data connected solutions.  The details on specific conference sessions are coming, but you can check out the material from 2006 in the meantime.  The conference web site with all the information is linked below.





    Make connections and gain the skills and resources to make the most of Visio at the Microsoft Office Visio Conference, February 5-6, 2008 at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond.  The event will bring the global Visio community together to network, share best practices and discuss the market opportunities for data visualization. 


    Keynote speakers Jeff Raikes, President of the Microsoft Business Division and Richard Wolf, General Manager of Office Graphics, will kick off the conference.  Other highlights include networking opportunities with leaders from the Visio product and program teams, robust partner and developer tracks with industry-specific content, demonstrations of powerful Visio solutions for business and IT needs and a preview of what’s to come in Visio 14. 


    Early Bird Registration rates are available now through November 30; go to to sign up.  Contact with questions or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.


  • Visio Insights

    Visio 2003 Service Pack 3


    Microsoft has released Service Pack 3 for the Visio 2003 product.  You can download the pack here:

    (If English is not your install language, you can change to another one on the web page.)



    The set of changes is described here: 

    The majority of the changes in this release are security and reliability related as Visio 2003 gets much of the same hardening that has gone into more recent versions.  There are also a number compatibility fixes to help Visio 2003 work with newer products such as IE7, Vista, SQL 2005 and even Visio 2007.

    In particular the hyperlink problem with IE7 as described in this previous post has been corrected.

    This update also applies to those running Visio for Enterprise Architects in Visual Studio 2005.  A number of fixes have been made to the Software / Database functionality that resides in Visio Professional as well as VEA.

    And finally no update to Visio 2003 would be complete without addressing a printing problem.  Visio 2003 has had more than its fair share of printing issues.  SP3 fixes a problem with very long plotter pages.

    This is a beefy download at 48MB but definitely recommended.


  • Visio Insights

    Publishing Visio 2007 Solutions


    Saul Candib, our technical writer for Visio, has posted an excellent article on MSDN explaining how to publish Visio 2007 solutions.  In this context "solutions" refers to the add-ons, templates, stencils and/or help files that you have created and want to distribute to other people.

    We covered this topic in a previous post, but the MSDN article goes into greater depth.  Saul describes the basic options of using path discovery (the classic way Visio content is found and usable in the application) or publishing content using Windows Installer (the method introduced in Visio 2003).  There is a good summary of the benefits of using Windows Installer, which is repeated here:

    • By publishing content, you can better integrate it into Visio. For example, you can more easily control the location of menu commands that start your solution or open your stencils, how the commands are named, and when they are available to users.

    • By publishing content, you can more easily publish localized versions of your solutions together with the Windows Multilingual User Interface Pack (MUI). (The MUI is a set of language-specific resource files that allow the user interface language to be changed, according to the preferences of individual users, to one of the 33 supported languages.)

    • Published content offers better performance, because published information is stored in the registry, where it can be retrieved more rapidly.

    • The Windows Installer Setup wizard is familiar to users and easy to use.

    • By publishing content, you benefit from Windows Installer repair and add-and-remove software features.

    • Publishing your content makes it available to all users of computers with multiple users. Path discovery works only for individual users.

    The bulk of the article explains in detail how to do publishing with Windows Installer.  There are a number of steps and tools involved, so you should find this write-up quite valuable.  The article is written for Visio 2007, but much of the information is applicable to Visio 2003.


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