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    Visio Active Directory Topology Diagrammer

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    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...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Allowing half “U” sizes in Rack Diagrams

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    In this post , I discussed some general tips on how to work with shapes with intelligent behaviors. Today, I’ll walk through the specific example of the Rack Diagram shapes and how to allow non-integer numbers to be entered for the “U” values (e.g. 1...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Additional tricks for building UI mockups with Visio

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    In this post , Mai-lan talks about how we use Visio to build mockups of the UI for new features. Of course, when you are building these types of mockups, it is usually important to show the flow through the feature. In other words, you create a number...
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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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    Bug in Creating Visio COM Add-ins with Visual Studio 2005

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    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...
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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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    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 Viewer in Outlook 2007

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    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...
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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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