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  • 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: Custom Containers, Lists and Callouts in Visio 2010

    In previous posts we introduced you to Containers and some of their special capabilities .  We also introduced Lists through their use in Cross-functional Flowchart , Data Graphic Legends and Wireframe shapes.  Finally we introduced Callouts as annotations on Visio diagrams.  Containers...
  • Blog Post: New ShapeSheet Cells and Functions in Visio 2010

    Our previous post introduced the improvements we made to the ShapeSheet window for shape developers.  In this post, we will continue with ShapeSheet development and dig deeper to examine the new ShapeSheet cells and functions available in Visio 2010. New Cells A number of new cells were added to...
  • 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: Live Rendering Shapes in Visio 2010

    For several releases Visio has enhanced the appearance of shapes in diagrams by adding isometric projections or themes with gradients and shadows.  All the while, their appearance in the Shapes Window has been unchanged.  The 32x32 pixel icons have been limited to 16 colors (reminiscent of...
  • 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: 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: Images and the Dynamic Grid

    A recent newsgroup post described a problem getting the Dynamic Grid feature to work with images. The user inserted pictures into their diagram and wanted the same alignment aids that Visio provides for regular shapes. This can be done with a small modification of the image shapes. First let's look at...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Make Your Own Data Graphic – Icon Sets

    This is the third and final post in a series demonstrating how you can create data graphic callout shapes for use in Visio 2007 Professional. The first post discussed Text Callouts . Data Bars were described in the second post. There is also an article on MSDN that covers the full spectrum of customization...
  • Blog Post: Make Your Own Data Graphic – Data Bars

    This is the second post in a series demonstrating how you can create data graphic callout shapes for use in Visio 2007 Professional. The first post discussed Text Callouts . There is also an article on MSDN that covers the full spectrum of customization possibilities for Data Graphics. ...
  • Blog Post: Make Your Own Data Graphic - Text Callouts

    Data Graphics is a great new feature in Visio 2007 Professional for displaying data on your shapes. One key to the feature's popularity is that you can make or customize your own data graphic callout shapes. There is an article posted on MSDN that covers the full spectrum of customizations possible for...
  • Blog Post: Where's my text control handle?

    A Visio user posted a question in the newsgroups about the yellow text control handle on connector shapes. Some connectors have a yellow handle and some don't. What's going on? Starting in Visio 2003, the built-in connector shape used by the Connector Tool was modified to include a text control...
  • Blog Post: Make Your Own Bubble Chart, part 3

    This post is part of a series examining Bubble Chart diagrams. We are building a Bubble Chart stencil from scratch to make diagram creation easy for the user. You can get the completed stencil from the first post in the series. In the previous post , we completed the Bubble Chart master shape. This shape...
  • Blog Post: Make Your Own Bubble Chart, part 2

    This post is part of a series examining Bubble Chart diagrams. We are building a Bubble Chart stencil from scratch to make diagram creation easy for the user. You can get the completed stencil from the first post in the series. In the previous post , we started working on the Bubble Chart master shape...
  • Blog Post: Make Your Own Bubble Chart, part 1

    In the previous post we introduced the Bubble Chart diagram and demonstrated a quick way to create one using the BubbleChart.vss stencil. This stencil was custom-built for the blog, so grab the file attachment from the previous post. Now we build the stencil from scratch to understand how to integrate...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the Bubble Chart

    A Bubble Chart is a diagram that presents multi-dimensional data in a graphical form. Each data field is tied to a particular visualization. Most often data controls the Size and Position of elements in the chart. Thus the diagrams often resemble a bunch of bubbles. Taken to an extreme, data can be visualized...
  • Blog Post: Working with ResizeMode

    In this post, we take a break from Visio 2007 information and explore a peculiar shape design issue. If you have worked with Groups in Visio, you have probably encountered a situation where the shapes inside of a group just don't behave properly during resize. Sometimes you want shapes inside a group...
  • Blog Post: Remove Hidden Information

    In a previous post we discussed the fact that a Visio document can become bloated over time by accumulating masters, styles, layers, fonts and colors that are no longer used in the diagram. Often the file size impact is minimal, but not always. Visio 2007 includes a new feature called Remove Hidden Information...
  • Blog Post: Customizing Data Graphics

    One of the new features in Visio 2007 Professional is Data Graphics - the ability to display data on shapes in rich, visual ways. Many of you have already experimented with this feature and are looking for ways to create custom visualizations. There is an MSDN article that covers the full spectrum of...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office Visio 2007 Released

    Yesterday Visio 2007 was made available to business customers along with the rest of the 2007 Office System. Retail availability for Visio 2007 will be January 30, 2007. What’s so great about Visio 2007? Our primary investment focuses on visualizing business information . We’ve made it significantly...
  • Blog Post: Flattening Groups

    To continue our exploration of best practices for shape development we will look at grouping in this post. Grouping is a convenient way of packaging shapes and is the mechanism for creating many complex shapes. Visio offers a number of capabilities for groups, from special interaction behaviors to shape...
  • Blog Post: Master Benefits

    One of the things we'd like to accomplish with this blog is to highlight some performance optimizations that shape designers and developers should consider adopting as best practices. Unfortunately designing highly efficient shapes and solutions is a bit of a black art in Visio. Today we will look at...
  • Blog Post: Staying in Bounds

    In the previous two posts we looked at the capabilities of the SetAtRef function in the Shapesheet. This function along with the helper functions SetAtRefExpr and SetAtRefEval allows a shape designer to keep one or more cells synchronized. One important detail that was omitted was the fact that all three...
  • Blog Post: More on SetAtRef

    In the previous post we examined how the SetAtRef function could be used to keep two Shapesheet cells synchronized. Today we will explore a few advanced capabilities of SetAtRef for manipulating cell values. Our scenario is a shape with a custom property called Size. We would like this property...
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