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  • 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: The Visio Services JavaScript Mashup API

    Last week , we took a look at how to create interactive mashups with Visio diagrams without writing any code. If you need more flexibility in creating rich diagram mashups than offered out of the box by web part connections, you can use the Visio Services JavaScript Mashup API. In this post we'll...
  • 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: Container, List and Callout API in Visio 2010

    This post examines the programmability features for Containers , Lists and Callouts in Visio 2010.  It supplements an earlier post that describes how these special shapes are constructed and how they can be customized.  Collectively these shapes are known as Structured Diagram elements, and...
  • Blog Post: The Point Along Path ShapeSheet Functions in Visio 2010

    In a previous blog post about new ShapeSheet functions , we introduced a set of new functions called the Point Along Path functions. These functions allow interactions with geometry paths of shapes. This post provides more detail about these new functions. The following functions open up a broad set...
  • Blog Post: The Diagram Validation API

    Diagram Validation is a new Visio 2010 feature that provides a way for users to check their diagrams for common errors and for companies to ensure that employees are following certain diagramming standards. The basics of diagram validation and creating custom validation rules have been previously discussed...
  • Blog Post: ShapeSheet Formula AutoComplete & Other Improvements

    In this post, we’ll be covering improvements to the ShapeSheet in Visio 2010 that make it easier for shape developers to create and modify existing Visio shapes. For those who don’t know, Visio shapes are more complex than they may seem at first; behind each shape is a ShapeSheet (you can get more...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the Microsoft Visio 2010 Beta SDK

    A Beta release of the Microsoft Visio 2010 SDK is now available for download ! Due to high demand for an early version of the SDK, we have released a Beta version of the SDK with a partial set of supported features. Additional features and functionality will be available in the RTM version of the Visio...
  • Blog Post: The Visio 2010 Connectivity API

    Our previous post on AutoConnect in Visio 2010 discussed how Visio 2010 makes it simpler and faster for end users to create connected diagrams such as flowcharts. Many developers will be pleased to hear that Visio 2010 also brings greatly simplified utilities for working with connected diagrams programmatically...
  • 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: Creating custom validation rules for Visio 2010

    In our last post , we discussed Diagram Validation—a new Visio 2010 feature which allows users to check their diagrams for common errors and allows companies to ensure that employees are following certain diagramming standards. In this post, we’ll talk more about how validation rules are stored and how...
  • Blog Post: The Developer tab in Visio 2010

    Visio has long had a setting called “developer mode” that developers and shape designers can enable in order to surface extra functionality. In previous versions of Visio, enabling developer mode made new items appear in couple of different menus (Chris Roth has a good overview here ). With Visio 2010...
  • Blog Post: Update: Visio 2007 Service Pack 2 and Visio Conference 2008

    A few updates… XMI Export We recently reported the availability of Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Visio 2007. We received a few questions about how to use the XMI export feature in UML diagrams. The behavior in SP2 is exactly the same as in previous versions. Integrating it into the UML solution and...
  • Blog Post: Developer Reference for Visio 2007 Viewer released

    T he Visio 2007 Viewer Developer Reference is up on MSDN and can be accessed at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc297217.aspx . The reference includes the full API reference and some short samples on how to embedded the viewer in different environments. The Viewer provides an application...
  • 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: CAD Integration Announcement for Visio "vNext"

    This morning at Day 2 of Visio Conference 2008, we announced that the next version of Visio will add support for AutoCAD 2007 DWG and DXF file formats. As mentioned in previous blog posts , this was a major request from Visio customers and partners. General Manager Richard Wolf explained in his keynote...
  • Blog Post: 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...
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