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  • Blog Post: (Relatively) New blog with lots of great Visio content

    Somehow I had thought that I had already pointed people to Saveen Reddy's blog , but looking back through the archives I realized that I hadn't. Saveen doesn't work on the Visio team, but is a power user and knows a ton about visualization. I'm a huge fan of Python the programming language, and he...
  • Blog Post: Solution Performance Tip 1 – GetFormulas and SetFormulas

    One of the most frequent questions I get from partners and other readers of this blog is how to improve the performance of their solution. Usually the first step is to point them to these five performance tips , but I thought it would be interesting to quantify just how much of a difference some of these...
  • Blog Post: Visio 2007: Good reference on developer changes

    I spent a little time today answering questions about some of the new features in Visio 2007, and noticed that I had never linked to these articles: What's New for Developers in Visio 2007 (Part 1 of 2) What's New for Developers in Visio 2007 (Part 2 of 2) The first provides a good overview...
  • Blog Post: Visio Developer Search

    While working on a little project this past week I was spending a lot of time looking for information on various Visio developer topics. To speed things up, I put together a Live Search Macro that scopes down the search to to online SDK documentation along with a number of relevant blogs and other Visio...
  • Blog Post: VSTO and Visio

    As I've mentioned before, Visual Studio Tools for Office includes wizards for Visio in their latest release (VSTO 2005 SE) and this will be a big part of Visio development in the future. Having said that, there is still a little bit of work in creating a VSTO Visio add-in. Chris Castillo has created...
  • Blog Post: Office and Visio Launch

    As many of you know, yesterday was the business launch of Office, including Visio. The full consumer launch (i.e. boxes available in stores) will happen in January. In the meantime, you can download a trial version of the final product . We have released the latest versions of the Visio Viewer and...
  • Blog Post: Meet a ShapeSheet Function: SETF

    With this post I'll start a new series designed to give a little more detail behind some of the more interesting ShapeSheet functions. As the documentation for SETF says , this function is designed to let you set the value for a specific cell in the ShapeSheet from any other cell. This is one of the...
  • Blog Post: Developer Book Recommendation

    For those of you who are developing with Visio (particularly if you have some experience), I'd like to recommend Graham Wideman's book: Visio 2003 Developer's Survival Pack . The author is one of our MVPs and is as knowledeable about Visio as just about anyone I know. The book contains great detail on...
  • Blog Post: Presentation on Building Solutions using the Visio 2007 Data API

    The Office team has put up video of all of the presentations from the Office Developer Conference held this past spring. At the conference, I presented a Visio 2007 session focusing on building solutions using the new Data APIs. The direct link to the video of the session is available here . The quality...
  • Blog Post: Visio 2007: More on Customizing Data Graphics: Icon Sets with Images

    In the previous two posts on customizing Data Graphics, I covered general customization (using a text callout example) and customizing icon sets . If you are creating icon sets, often you'll want to use existing images rather than trying to figure out how to redraw them. There are two main tips for...
  • Blog Post: Visio 2007: More on Customizing Data Graphic Items: Icon Sets

    In my earlier post on Data Graphics customization , I covered how to edit a text Graphic Item. A few people have asked for more information on how to deal specifically with Icon Sets since that is a place where there are most often domain-specific icons to be represented. We do have some documentation...
  • Blog Post: Visio Conference 2006 presentations available online

    If you didn't get a chance to make it to the Visio Conference we held in January, we've put up audio/visual recordings from all of the sessions at http://www.visioconferencecontent.com/ . There is a lot of great information there, whether you are interested in the developer sessions, hearing about Visio...
  • Blog Post: Visio 2007: Customizing Data Graphic Items

    After spending a couple days chatting with people here at TechEd, I am amazed at how many people have already downloaded and have been playing around with Visio 2007 Beta 2. If you don’t have it yet, you can check it out here . In particular, a lot of people have seen the Data Graphics feature and have...
  • Blog Post: Visio in Visual Studio Tools for Office - Public Preview Availability

    I mentioned earlier the release of VSTO for Visio Beta 1 users. Now that Beta 2 is available, I’m happy to announce that anyone can try this out. To download the CTP of VSTO “v3”, go here . Note that you need to install Visual Studio first, then Visio 2007 Beta 2 , and finally VSTO. The main Visio...
  • Blog Post: Bug in Creating Visio COM Add-ins with Visual Studio 2005

    In this post I describe how to create Visio COM Add-ins with VS2005. It turns out that the add-ins created using the shared wizard I create have an issue such that they do not install correctly on machines that don’t have Visual Studio installed (i.e. likely all of your customers machines). There is...
  • Blog Post: Visio in Visual Studio Tools for Office

    A longstanding request from Visio developers has been support in Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO). I’m happy to say that for those of you in the Office Beta 1 program, you can start playing around with this now. For details on setting it up, check out this blog post from Andrew Whitechapel on the...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Session

    I'll be presenting a session at TechEd in Boston on programming the new Visio 2007 data features. Here are the session details: Microsoft Office Visio 2007: Building Data Visualization Solutions Day/Time: Thursday, June 15 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM Room: 259 AB Speaker(s): Bill Morein Your application...
  • Blog Post: ShapeSheet tutorial, part 1

    For this post, I'll walk through the process of building up a shape from scratch and editing it using the ShapeSheet. The shape itself won't be too complex, but we'll cover a few of the interesting features of the ShapeSheet. To get started, create a new blank drawing (File>New>New Drawing)...
  • Blog Post: Introduction to the ShapeSheet

    The ShapeSheet is probably the most overlooked part of Visio. The amount of power that you can get by using the ShapeSheet without any programming is pretty amazing. The basic idea is that behind every shape in Visio there is a spreadsheet that defines the shape in terms of its appearance and many other...
  • Blog Post: Visio Connector for Project/EPM/SPS

    A new tool (including source code) has been posted on GotDotNet: the Visio Connector for Project/EPM/SPS . This is useful by itself but also provides a great way to learn about connecting Visio with some of the most popular data sources out there. It can be used as a starting point for your own projects...
  • Blog Post: Creating Visio COM Add-ins with Visual Studio 2005

    The Add-in/Add-on wizards that shipped with the Visio 2003 SDK are designed for Visual Studio 2003. They don’t work with Visual Studio 2005. You can still easily create Visio COM add-ins in VS2005 with just a couple extra steps by using the Shared Add-in Wizard: Select File>New>Project...
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