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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: No Code Mashups with Visio Services and Web Part Connections

    Visio Services allows you to view Visio diagrams in SharePoint, and the Visio Web Access web part allows you to embed those diagrams on a web part page . This post examines how you can turn those diagrams into interactive mashups without having to write any code. SharePoint allows you to display multiple...
  • Blog Post: Updates Regarding the Visio Viewer

    Some of you have recently noticed that your install of the Visio Viewer isn’t working – this is by design and can easily be fixed. Microsoft has recently released Security Bulletin MS09-55 through Windows Update which deactivates Visio Viewers 2002, 2003 and 2007 because of a security issue. With this...
  • Blog Post: Visio 2010: Better with Windows 7

    Windows 7 is here, and it makes it easier to find and work with your favorite applications. This post details the work we did in Visio 2010 to take advantage of new Windows 7 features, to make working with Visio documents even easier. Multiple Documents in Visio 2010 and the new Windows 7 Taskbar The...
  • Blog Post: Visual Updates to Shapes in Visio 2010

    One of the goals of the Visio 2010 release is to make it easier to create attractive, presentation-quality diagrams. Previously on this blog, we have discussed our improvements to backgrounds , layout , routing , and themes . Visio 2010 also features improvements to the default look of many templates...
  • Blog Post: Using a Visio Process Repository

    We frequently speak with Visio users whose organizations need to manage collections of process diagrams. Many of these users are employing basic methods such as storing these documents on network file shares. However, these methods leave much to be desired. For instance, end users frequently ask us questions...
  • Blog Post: Themes and Live Preview in Visio 2010

    In Visio 2007, we introduced the Themes feature to make it easy to apply a professionally designed look to a diagram. In Visio 2010, the Themes feature gets a whole new user interface that takes advantage of the Office Fluent UI . The theme choices are displayed in a gallery on the Design tab in the...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Conference 2009

    The Visio team is anxiously preparing to introduce Visio Services to the world at the Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2009, which runs from October 19th to 22nd, 2009 in Las Vegas. Visio Services is a new SharePoint feature that allows you to share Visio drawings across your organization in SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Mr. Clarity

    Harry Miller and Jonathan Foster in Office Content Publishing recently created a new educational video series called “Clarity," whose aim is to encourage people to learn more about how to use Visio. (Note that these videos feature Visio 2007, rather than the newer Visio 2010 Community Tech Preview we...
  • Blog Post: Improved Flowchart Routing in Visio 2010

    When creating and maintaining flowcharts, a pain point users suffer from is ensuring that the connectors between shapes look good. Visio introduced the dynamic connector many releases ago to help simplify diagram maintenance. Dynamic connectors in combination with dynamic glue allow Visio to choose the...
  • Blog Post: Using Visio 2007 Professional's data connectivity features with timelines

    Visio 2007 provides data connectivity support for a number of data sources such as Excel, SQL and SharePoint Lists. One interesting scenario is to pull in schedule information from a SharePoint calendar (a special list type in SharePoint) to generate a Visio timeline. Visio MVP David Parker has posted...
  • Blog Post: Visio Conference 2008 videos posted

    For anyone who wasn't able to attend the Visio Conference 2008 this February or has been itching to show everyone else the cool things coming in Visio "vNext", the wait is over! Videos from all the conference sessions are posted on http://www.visiotoolbox.com . Click on the conference link in the bottom...
  • Blog Post: Extra drawings opening on Visio launch

    This situation has come up frequently enough in the newsgroups that the solution should be widely circulated: When Visio crashes, it will often restart and recover the document you were working on. This is generally quite helpful, but sometimes Visio doesn't know when to stop. Sometimes Visio will...
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