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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: Visio Active Directory Topology Diagrammer

    One of the most common requests I get from IT users of Visio is for a way to draw out an Active Directory topology map. Visio has Active Directory shapes, but until now it didn't have the ability to actually go out and create a diagram from AD. We've put up a free download that does this -- the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming webcast

    I'll be presenting a webcast on the Data Visualization features in Visio on Tuesday, August 7th. Here is a link to the details and registration information .
  • Blog Post: New book -- Visualizing Information with Visio 2007

    Somehow I missed the fact that Visualizing Information with Microsoft Office Visio 2007 , a new book by David Parker, has been published. I knew that the book was coming out, but somehow the actual release slipped by me. I've had a number of people ask about good books for learning about real world uses...
  • Blog Post: Session at the Microsoft BI Conference

    If you plan to be at the Microsoft BI Conference in Seattle this week, make sure to stop by my Chalk Talk on Friday at 9:45 AM in CT Theater 3. This will be a smaller, informal session with particular emphasis on connecting Visio to SQL Server Analysis Services.
  • 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 Session at Interop Las Vegas

    I'll be presenting a session on Visio at Interop Las Vegas on May 22nd. The presentation will focus on visualizing IT data using Visio 2007. If you'll be at the conference, make sure to check it out. I'll be around for a few days, so if you are interested in chatting there feel free to contact me...
  • 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: Visio 2007: Consumer Launch

    I'm happy to say that you can now buy Visio 2007 online and at stores. This is a huge release for us so it is great to finally be able to have it out there broadly. If you are looking for more information on what you get in this version, you can find my posts on Visio 2007 by using the "Visio 2007...
  • 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: Visio 2007: AutoConnect in action

    With this post I'm trying out something new: I'll be posting some videos to give you a little bit of a better flavor of some of the features in Visio. One of the Visio 2007 features that is most compelling visually is AutoConnect . Here is the basic description of what I'm doing in the video: ...
  • 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: PivotDiagram Tips and Tricks, part 3

    The default PivotDiagram layout is a hierarchy with spacing of 9.5 mm (or 0.375 in) between shapes. This works pretty seamlessly for a lot of data out there, but one of the powerful aspects of the PivotDiagram feature is your control over how your shapes are laid out. PivotDiagrams use the standard Visio...
  • 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: New Office and Visio icons

    It looks like the Office Design Group has gone public with the new icons for Office 2007. Visio is the one on the bottom left - we have the same basic flowchart metaphor.
  • Blog Post: Visio 2007: PivotDiagram Tips and Tricks, part 2

    In the first PivotDiagram tips post , I talked about some of the alternate ways to create a new PivotDiagram. In this post, I’ll cover an alternate way to filter your data. Filtering by Using “Promote” After creating your diagram and hooking up your data source, the most frequent first step...
  • 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: Value Stream Mapping

    Over the last several years, we have seen Lean become more and more prominent as a process improvement methodology. Although it has roots in manufacturing, it is starting to migrate to other industries like healthcare. One of the key parts of the Lean methodology is Value Stream Mapping, a form of...
  • Blog Post: Visio 2007: Test Drive

    I've started focusing more and more on the new features in Visio 2007 and will definitely continue to do so. For those of you who are interested but aren't quite ready to commit a machine to beta software just yet, there is a new option out there. The new Office test drive site lets you use Office online...
  • Blog Post: Visio 2007: Publish as PDF or XPS

    As many of you know, Visio 2007 and the other Office applications will support exporting to Adobe PDF and Microsoft XPS (XML Paper Specification). This works out of the box in Beta 2, but will be a separate free download when the final version is released (see this post for details). To generate one...
  • Blog Post: Visio 2007: PivotDiagram tips and tricks, part 1

    Eric posted a little bit about PivotDiagrams and what you can do with them. I’d like to add a little flavor to that by giving you a little more information about how to get the most out of working with the feature. Adding a PivotDiagram to an Existing Diagram Eric mentioned the new PivotDiagram...
  • 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 Viewer in Outlook 2007

    A big piece of news is that the Visio Viewer will be installed by default whenever Outlook 2007 is installed. This is happening as part of a new feature in Outlook – automatic preview of attachments directly in the Outlook reading pane. Visio will be one of the supported file formats and the way this...
  • Blog Post: Visio 2007 Beta 2 Publicly Available

    Along with the rest of the 2007 Office system, Visio 2007 Beta 2 is now available for public download at the download preview site . All you need to be able to install the application is a Windows Live ID/Passport account, which you can set up when you go to that site. Once you've downloaded the Beta...
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