Create your own visualizations for SharePoint Workflows built with Visual Studio and Visio

SharePoint Designer has the capability to generate Visio diagrams for the workflow history page that display status of the executing workflow, unfortunately Visual Studio does not do this for workflows that are created and deployed to your farm. Ah, not generated for you but you can certainly create your own manually, and it is very…

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Modify the Workflow Visualization Diagram

When you choose to publish a SharePoint Workflow from SharePoint Designer you have the option to generate a visualization of the workflow.  This setting is found on the Workflow Settings page in SharePoint Designer when editing a workflow. If you check this option, SharePoint Designer creates a Visio diagram that is used to display the…

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Enable Visio Services data refresh using script

In a previous post I showed you how to edit the web.config file to disable the data refresh prompt so that diagrams will always refresh when rendered, http://blogs.msdn.com/b/chhopkin/archive/2010/09/28/force-data-refresh-for-published-diagrams.aspx.  This method affects all diagrams that are viewed in the browser or rendered in the Visio Web Access web part. If you do not have access to…

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App.Config files with VSTO 4.0 SP1

Using an app.config file is a great way to load settings for your add-in at runtime and the VSTO 4.0 runtime supports this, but what you might not know is that a small change in VSTO 4.0 SP1 might keep your app.config file from loading. Here is a blog post from the Visual Studio Office…

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