June, 2010

Visio Insights
The official blog of the Microsoft Visio product team

June, 2010

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    Online SDK Documentation for Visio and Visio Services

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    Visio 2010 SDK Developer Documentation

    The Visio team is pleased to announce that the online version of the Visio 2010 SDK documentation is now available here. This documentation, which also shipped with the Visio SDK download, is intended to help developers working with the Visio APIs, ShapeSheet and XML. It contains the following Visio developer references.

    • Automation Reference: Provides an overview of Automation in Visio. It includes information about the Visio Object Model, the Visio type library, and extending the functionality of Visio by using macros, add-ons, and COM (Component Object Model) add-ins. A sample Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) macro is also provided. This reference provides details on Visio objects, properties, methods, and events.
    • Save as Web Reference: Provides an overview of using the Save as Web API with Visio 2010. Details about the Save as Web methods, objects, enums, and properties are provided. The reference also provides a Microsoft Visual Basic example of using the Save as Web Object Model.
    • ShapeSheet Reference: Provides an overview of the ShapeSheet spreadsheet in Visio. The reference includes information about working with formulas, strings, date and time values, units of measure, and information about common ShapeSheet tasks, such as adding and deleting ShapeSheet sections and referencing cells from formulas. It also includes details about each section, row, and cell in a ShapeSheet, and details about ShapeSheet functions.
    • Viewer Reference: Provides an overview of the API for Microsoft Visio 2010 Viewer, which is an ActiveX control that lets you open, view, or print Visio drawings, even if you do not have Visio 2010.
    • XML Schema Reference: Provides an overview of XML for Visio. Detailed information is provided for the XML for Visio schema, inheritance, working with sheets and formulas, geometry, text, loading XML files created outside Visio, round-tripping XML data, embedding custom XML data, units of measure, and errors and warning messages.

    Visio Services Developer Documentation in the Microsoft SharePoint 2010 SDK

    For Visio Services developers, documentation is available online as well as offline via the Microsoft SharePoint 2010 SDK. This documentation is divided into Visio Services in SharePoint Server overview articles and Visio Services Class Library technical information, and covers the following topics.

    • Visio Services ECMAScript API: The ECMAScript object model in Visio Services gives you programmatic access to Visio drawings displayed in the Visio Web Access Web Part. We commonly refer to this API as the Visio Services JavaScript Mashup API. The Microsoft SharePoint SDK contains an overview article outlining the various API members, a detailed API member reference for the Vwa namespace , a technical article explaining how to embed code into web part pages as well as some samples showing best practices for programming against the Visio Web Access Web Part.
    • Visio Custom Data Providers: Custom Data Providers permit you to programmatically refresh data derived from custom data sources in Visio 2010 Web drawings hosted on a Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 site. The Microsoft SharePoint SDK contains an overview article as well as a detailed API member reference for the Microsoft.Office.Visio.Server namespace: these can be used together to build your own custom Visio Services data providers.

    As always, we enjoy hearing your feedback about Visio, the Visio SDK and our documentation. Please feel free to post any questions or suggestions to our blog.

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    Visio 2010 is Available Today!

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    If you’ve been reading the blog over the past few months, you’ve seen how excited our team is about Visio 2010. Today we are happy to announce that Visio 2010 (and the rest of Office 2010) is available in retail stores and online today. Thanks to everyone who participated in the Technical Preview program, downloaded the Beta, and gave us feedback through the blog or send-a-smile tool. You can get a free trial of Visio 2010 or Office 2010 and purchase them at www.office.com today!

    The Visio Team can answer any questions you have about Visio 2010—just post them in the comments.

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    Visio Services Capacity Planning White Paper

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    The Visio Team recently released the Visio Services 2010 performance and capacity planning white paper. This white paper addresses the impact of SharePoint farm topology on Visio Services. It also explores how various service settings can affect latency and throughput. The white paper examines both typical and high stress conditions, which should help you better scale your deployments based on the number of users you need to support and their expected usage.

    As usual, please comment on the blog if you have any questions or comments to share.

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    More Details About Visio Services Custom Data Providers

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    As part of the SharePoint SDK, the Visio team has published more documentation about creating Custom Data Providers. As you may recall, Visio drawings can connect to a variety of data sources, including Microsoft Excel files, SharePoint lists, SQL databases, and any other ODBC-compatible data source. In you want to connect to a different data source, you can create a custom data provider. With a few lines of code, your custom data provider can connect to data from a variety of data sources such as XML files, Web services, OLAP cubes etc…

    This white paper outlines all the steps required to create, configure and install a custom data provider. The complete object model reference of custom data providers is also available.

    As usual, please comment on the blog if you have any questions or comments to share.

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