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  • Blog Post: Remember to check out the new Visio blog!

    Our new Visio blog is filled with tons of articles that can help you make the most of everything Visio has to offer. In it, we have posts on new features, tips and tricks, and ways to make your diagram look both professional and beautiful. To give you an idea, here's a sampling of our recent articles...
  • Blog Post: Our new Visio blog

    The Visio Insights blog is moving! If you’d like to stay informed on the latest Microsoft Visio news and announcements, head over to the new Visio blog . We also have a new RSS feed so you can stay up-to-date. You’ll still be able to access previous posts here, but as of today, no new posts...
  • Blog Post: BPMN Diagramming Basics Course Available

    A new series of training videos have been posted on Office.com to introduce Visio users to Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN).  The videos are packaged as a course named BPMN Diagramming Basics . The course provides both an introduction to the BPMN notation and a tutorial on creating BPMN...
  • Blog Post: Working with Connected Diagrams Programmatically, part 1

    In a previous blog post , we told you about the new Connectivity APIs in Visio 2010 that make it easier for developers to create and to move across a connected diagram. We’ve shown you how to use some of the new APIs to create new connected shapes ( see here ); now we’ll examine techniques for traversing...
  • Blog Post: Visio 2010 Service Pack 1 Released

    Yesterday Microsoft announced the availability of Service Pack 1 for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 . This wave of releases includes updates to Visio 2010 and the Visio Viewer. Here are the links for downloading: Visio 2010 SP1 32-bit 64-bit Visio Viewer...
  • Blog Post: Visio 2010 XML Schema Definition Released

    Visio has published the XML Schema Definition (XSD) files for the Microsoft Visio 2010 XML Drawing (.vdx) format. This schema is also known as DatadiagramML. The .XSD files allow developers to better understand the structure of Visio XML documents and design solutions that work with the .VDX file format...
  • Blog Post: Video: Adding a Data Graphic Legend in Visio 2010

    The video below shows how to add a Data Graphic legend to a drawing using C# code. How might you use this code within the context of constructing diagrams with Data Graphics? As mentioned in a previous blog post , Visio Professional 2010 and Visio Premium 2010 use container shapes to create legends...
  • Blog Post: Visio Baseball Scorecard

    Spring has arrived and baseball season is upon us! Whether you follow the professional leagues, play recreationally or coach in the little leagues, there is one thread that ties all baseball enthusiasts together – a passion for stats. In this article and the attached diagram, we present a baseball...
  • Blog Post: Tips for Copy/Paste in Visio 2010 (Including How to Copy a Page)

    One of the things we all do a lot is reuse shapes or groups of shapes in several places and often the best way to do that is to Copy the existing shape and Paste it elsewhere. Even though you use it daily, there may be some behavior you’re not familiar with, especially with the Copy/Paste improvements...
  • Blog Post: March Madness: Fill Out Your Brackets With Visio

    March Madness is about to start, so here’s a Visio diagram to let you quickly fill out and share your bracket! Download the diagram here, and with a few clicks you can have a complete professional looking bracket that you can easily share with others. This diagram was originally created by Visio...
  • Blog Post: Our favorite Visio Tips & Tricks

    For this blog post, we put together a list of some of our favorite Visio tips & tricks. Learn these to save time and improve the look of your diagrams. Quickly create evenly spaced shapes Let’s say you’d like to make a grid of shapes like the following: To create this, first make a copy of the individual...
  • Blog Post: Highlighting New Methods in Visio 2010

    Saul Candib, a Microsoft technical writer for Visio, is writing a series of posts that highlight new members of the Visio 2010 object model on the Office Client Developer Content blog. In the first article, Saul shows how to use the Page.Dropconnected method to add a shape to the page, and connect it...
  • Blog Post: Visio Mailbag

    We on the Visio product team receive lots of interesting questions from Visio users through our blog’s contact form . In this post, we’ll share our answers to several questions that we thought would be of interest to our blog readers. Q: I installed Visio 2010, but the BPMN shapes appear to be missing...
  • Blog Post: New Structured Diagrams Whitepaper for Visio 2010

    Microsoft has published a new technical article on MSDN about the Structured Diagram capabilities of Visio 2010.  Structured Diagrams help you organize the contents of your diagrams using intuitive, logical relationships between shapes.  These capabilities are exposed as the Containers, Lists...
  • Blog Post: Need help finding commands in the new Visio 2010 ribbon?

    In Visio 2010, we completely revamped the Visio user interface and adopted the Office Fluent UI or the “Ribbon”. With the Office Fluent UI, Visio’s extensive capabilities are organized into logical, easy to find groups that help you accomplish tasks efficiently. The breakdown of each of the core tabs...
  • Blog Post: Online SDK Documentation for Visio and Visio Services

    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...
  • Blog Post: Visualizing Operations Manager Data in Visio Services

    We enjoy seeing the innovative solutions that are implemented on the Visio platform. Now, with Visio 2010 and Visio Services , we’re starting to see some great new solutions that weren’t possible before. A good example is the Visio 2010 add-in for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2...
  • Blog Post: Visio 2010 – Changes from Beta to RTM

    As mentioned in the last post, Visio 2010 has reached the Release to Manufacturing milestone.  The product team has spent the last several months incorporating your feedback from the Beta and refining the product.  A large community of customers, partners, and MVPs has contributed to this effort...
  • Blog Post: Visio 2010 Release to Manufacturing

    Today Microsoft announced that Microsoft Office 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, Project 2010 and Visio 2010 have released to manufacturing! As noted last month , Visio 2010 and the rest of the other Office 2010 products will be available to businesses worldwide on May 12 th and to consumers online and...
  • Blog Post: Visio 2010 Editions

    As we get ready for next month ’s launch of Visio® 2010, we’re ready to announce that Visio 2010 will be available in three different editions. This post explains the differences between the three editions (and also gives you a sneak peak of what our boxes will look like!) ...
  • Blog Post: Improved CAD Support in Visio 2010

    Some of the earliest adopters of Visio were engineers and others who created technical drawings, and they loved the combination of power and simplicity that Visio provides. One of the most ubiquitous applications used by engineers is Autodesk’s AutoCAD, and Visio supports AutoCAD files by providing basic...
  • Blog Post: Visio 2010 Release Dates

    Last week on the Office Engineering Blog , Microsoft confirmed the release dates for Visio 2010, Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, and Project 2010. We’re happy to announce that Visio 2010 and the rest of the Office suite will release to manufacturing (RTM) next month. For businesses, Visio 2010...
  • Blog Post: Visio Services: Details for Administrators

    In previous posts we've introduced Visio Services and shown you how you can publish your Visio diagrams to SharePoint. We've also given you a quick introduction on how to install and configure Visio Services . In this post, we'll cover more details for IT Administrators about running Visio Services in...
  • Blog Post: New Visio 2010 API for Configuring Raster Export

    When we talk to developers to get their feedback on the Visio development platform, a common request we hear is the ability, through the API, to control the settings used when exporting a diagram as a raster image in the PNG, JPG, BMP, or TIFF format. Typically, they want to automate the export of the...
  • Blog Post: User Interface Extensibility in Visio 2010

    When Office 2007 was introduced, a new UI paradigm was adopted, and so was a new UI extensibility model, the RibbonX (Ribbon extensibility) model. RibbonX is a XML markup that allows developers to customize the Office UI. It enables 3 rd party developers and solution providers to build custom tabs and...
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