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    Data Mining Add-ins for Visio 2007 released

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    The SQL Server Data Mining team has built some Add-ins to allow you to view mining models inside Visio. They just released these along with their SP2, and you can download them now . You can read a little more about them here and here . There are three...
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    (Relatively) New Visio Blog

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    Our Visio MVPs are in town right now, and that reminded me that I've been remiss in mentioning Chris Roth's Visio Guy blog . Chris did a great presentation on XML at the Visio Conference last year , and has a wealth of other visio knowledge. Make sure...
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    Visio 2007: Consumer Launch

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    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...
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    Visio 2007: Bug in Drawing Control

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    Please be aware that there is a bug in the Visio 2007 Drawing Control such that if you have the SRC property set and add a new page (either through the UI or through code), Visio crashes. Obviously this is really bad and we are actively working to get...
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    BPMN in Visio (and Shape Search)

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    As many of you are aware, there is a standard process notation standard out there called Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN). If you are looking to use this notation in Visio, you have several options. The most straightforward is to just use "Search...
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    Launching a Remote Desktop session from a hyperlink

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    If you are managing your network with a Visio diagram (either in Visio or on a web page), you might have wished that you could just click on a server shape and connect directly to that machine to administer it. I've seen people put these types of hyperlinks...
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    Do You Share Diagrams On A Server?

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    Do you ever put Visio diagrams on a SharePoint site, Web site, or file server so you can easily share them with others? Are you making use of Visio 2007’s Data Link and Data Graphics features? If so, the Visio Product Planning team would like to talk...
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    DXF, DWG & Visio

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    Now that Visio 2007 is out the door (mostly -- the consumer launch is coming up soon) we are looking at future versions. Do you ever open, save or use AutoCAD files (DXF/DWG) with Visio? If so, the Visio product team would like to talk to you. Send...
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    Periodic Table of Visualization Methods

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    I've seen a number of links to a new paper and page showing a summary of different visualization techniques: A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods . Since I often find that the most challenging aspect of visualization for most people is coming up...
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    Office and Visio Launch

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    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...
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    IE 7 Hyperlink issue in Visio 2003 Save As Web

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    If you use Save As Web, make sure to check out this post .
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    Office Developer Poster

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    Along with developers building applications exclusively for Visio, there are a lot of people who do development across Office (or are thinking about it). The Office MSDN team has done a great job putting together a poster that gives you a sense of what...
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    Visio 2007: New Article on Customizing Data Graphics

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    We're starting to roll out some more developer and power user documentation on the new features in Visio 2007. I've written a couple brief posts on customizing Data Graphics, but now there is a full article available here: http://msdn2.microsoft.com...
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    Meet a ShapeSheet Function: SETF

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    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...
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    Developer Book Recommendation

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    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...
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    Visio 2007: AutoConnect in action

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    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...
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    Presentation on Building Solutions using the Visio 2007 Data API

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    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...
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    Visio 2007: PivotDiagram Tips and Tricks, part 3

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    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...
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    Announcing the Visio Customer Council

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    We're always looking for ways to better understand the needs and concerns of Visio customers. To that end, one of the tools we use is the Visio Customer Council. Council members are uniquely positioned to have their voices heard by the designers and...
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    Visio 2007: More on Customizing Data Graphics: Icon Sets with Images

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    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...
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    Visio 2007: More on Customizing Data Graphic Items: Icon Sets

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    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...
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    New Office and Visio icons

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    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.
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    Visio at the Worldwide Partner Conference

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    If you are at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2006 in Boston, make sure to head to the Data Visualization session since it will heavily feature Visio solutions. It is happening tomorrow afternoon at 4: IW008 Scale Up Your Business with...
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    Designing the floorplan of a personal 767

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    I've been following this story with great interest since it first broke in the Wall Street Journal . While I don't currently have a 767, you can never be too prepared. With that in mind, I whipped together a Visio version of the airplane floorplan from...
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    10 Tips for Creating Great Process Flowcharts

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    Here are some tips for building great flowcharts in Visio. The last three are specific to Visio 2007, but the rest are relevant to any version of Visio. Creating sub-processes and linked processes using hyperlinks. When you have a complex process or...
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