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    Visio 2007: Customizing Data Graphic Items

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    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...
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    Presenting Your Data in Diagrams

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    When you are looking to persuade or enlighten, you need to be able to do a great job of presenting information in a way that your audience will understand. As we worked on Visio “12” one of our main goals was to make it incredibly easy to create great...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Solution Performance Tip 1 – GetFormulas and SetFormulas

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    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...
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    Visio 2007: PivotDiagram tips and tricks, part 1

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    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...
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    Save as Web and IE security

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    The Visio "Save as Web Page" feature (updated in Visio 2003) is really great if you need to put your diagram on the web (File>Save as Web Page...). It goes way beyond just showing you a static image -- you can also pan and zoom, check out the custom...
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    Visio Conference presentation on upcoming version of Visio

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    In February this year, we held a Visio Conference at which we started to reveal some of the features in the upcoming version of Visio. There are a lot of presentations up at the main conference site, but I did two presentations that were specific to the...
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    Creating Visio COM Add-ins with Visual Studio 2005

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    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...
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    ShapeSheet tutorial, part 1

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    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...
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    Tricks for working with the built in Visio shapes

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    Having shapes that work intelligently is one of the most powerful aspects of Visio. A lot of the built in templates take full advantage of that and react to changes that users make to shape data or by dragging the control handles without requiring code...
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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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    A Little Bit of History: The Original Visio Business Plan

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    One of our developers pointed me towards this great case study of a business drawing program called Mainline , which eventually was renamed to Visio. Other early names of the company and product include Axon, ShapeWare, and Graw (see http://visio.mvps...
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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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    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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    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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    Visio SharePoint Stencils

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    SharePoint has been getting a lot of attention recently, and I've seen a lot of requests for stencils to help manage its design and deployment. A former colleague pointed me to this post , which includes a stencil that allows you document site structure...
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    Developer Behavior Change in Visio 2007: Additional “GUARD” functions in Shapes

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    Some developers have noticed a change that we made in Visio 2007: more of the shapes we ship with Visio contain the GUARD ShapeSheet function. This was done to make some shapes work better with our new Themes feature and often just to take formatting...
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    Introduction to the ShapeSheet

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    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...
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    Visio 2007: Value Stream Mapping

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    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...
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    Visio 2003 Resource Kit for IT Professionals

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    The first version of the Resource Kit for IT Professionals was a huge hit with customers, so a few months back an updated version was created. The new kit still includes the Altima shapes that were in the first version, but adds LANSurveyor from Neon...
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    Visio Connector for Project/EPM/SPS

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    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...
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    Visio 2007 Beta 2 Publicly Available

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    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...
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