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  • 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: 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: Service Pack 2 available for Visio 2007

    Yesterday, we released Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Visio 2007. You can download and install it from: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=78e36742-8bda-471e-88e6-9b561bb06258 Among the issues we've addressed in SP2 are these: A crash caused by early versions...
  • 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: 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 as a Business Process Analysis Tool

    Visio had the opportunity to present at Microsoft's SOA & BP conference last November on using Visio as a Business Process Analysis Tool. A video of that presentation is now available for viewing. Mark Nelson from the Visio team describes how Visio 2007 helps bring BPA to the masses through its in...
  • Blog Post: Visio Toolbox Site

    Microsoft has significantly updated its Visio product information on the web. Check out the new site at http://www.visiotoolbox.com . You will find articles, training and downloads that provide a wealth of information on Visio 2007. Those that found the previous IT Toolkit valuable will appreciate...
  • Blog Post: CAD Integration in Visio - Part 2

    In the previous post we reviewed the problems users were encountering with the CAD Integration feature set in Visio 2003 and the fixes that were made in Visio 2007. In this post we look at the remaining issues with CAD and Visio. Converting CAD drawings to Visio shapes Visio 2003 changed...
  • Blog Post: CAD Integration in Visio - Part 1

    Visio has long had the ability to display, import and export CAD drawings stored in the DWG and DXF file formats. If you are unfamiliar with the ways that Visio can work with CAD drawings, please read through this previous post . In Visio 2003 the CAD feature set was overhauled to improve performance...
  • Blog Post: Visio 2007 Service Pack 1

    It's been about a year since the release of Visio 2007 and Office 2007, and Microsoft has now published Service Pack 1. Here is the download link for English. You can choose another language from this link as well. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=496BC7C1-ABD7-4BC7-8366-B8A4CC85803B&displaylang...
  • 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: Data Graphics Tips

    One final post about Data Graphics before turning to other topics for a while. We've gotten some great feedback from customers about their usage of Data Graphics. Based on comments and observations of users, there are a few points of confusion that people are encountering. This post explains the most...
  • 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: New resources for Visio

    Our MVP community has been quite busy creating new resouces for Visio. We'd like to highlight a few recent releases here. In response to a newsgroup discussion on Visio's Network Rack shapes. Chris Roth (Visio MVP and former employee) has released a new shape for displaying rack unit dimensions...
  • Blog Post: Custom Formulas in Data Graphics

    Judging from the page view statistics on the blog, Data Graphics is a topic of interest to a number of people. For those interest in the previous post on building custom data graphics, look here . In this post we’ll look at another way to get more out of the data graphics you create. Our example will...
  • 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: Insert Text Box

    Every once in a while a new feature idea comes along that is so unique and compelling that it revolutionizes the way people work. Insert Text Box is not such a feature. Adding text to a diagram is nothing new in Visio. However, usability studies have shown that adding text is one of the more challenging...
  • Blog Post: Menu Changes in Visio 2007

    A new release of Visio means changes both large and small to the application. The menu system has a number of changes in it. There are some new additions such as Remove Hidden Information , Publish to PDF / XPS and the Data menu. This post focuses on changes to the existing menu items. Hopefully we can...
  • 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...
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