Getting back to blog commentors…

Just a reminder: If you post a comment to me through the blog’s Contact form, remember to put your email! I’ve gotten comments from folks who ask a question that I’d like to respond to, but the poster forgets to provide their email or gives a wrong address. I’m always happy to hear from Visio…

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Summary Reporting on Shape Properties in a Visio Diagram

Visio shapes often host properties in which users add details about the shape. For example, a network server shape in Visio 2003 lets you store IP address, server location, MAC address, and other information about the server. (You can access Shape Properties for a shape by right-clicking on the shape, and selecting the Properties entry.) An…

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Dev Luv: Transforming Visio’s XML File Format

As I mentioned in my last blog on the Visio XML file format, Visio documents can be saved into a native XML Visio file format (.VDX) or Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG). The Visio XML file format is not a W3C standard. SVG, which is a language for describing two-dimensional graphics and graphical applications in XML,…

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Dev Luv: Visio’s XML File Format

Visio has a native XML file format for a Visio drawing, a Visio template, and a Visio stencil. We do not have the ability to save a Visio drawing into any other XML schema but our own (and SVG, if you are using Visio 2003). If users want Visio diagrams in BPEL or some other business…

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Visio Network Diagrams on the Pocket PC

I just heard about a nifty little application that iAdmin Mobile makes to let users view Visio diagrams on the PocketPC. It’s targeted at network administrators who want to browse Visio network diagrams on the go. Here’s what it might look like on the PocketPC:     Obviously, the PocketPC is not the right forum…

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Automatically Setting Shape Color By Data Values In Visio Diagrams

Visio has a way to let you automatically color shapes by the values in the shape’s custom properties. Consider the case of an organization chart. By default, there are a number of custom properties on an organization chart shape, such as Name, Title, Email.   You can view custom properties on a shape by right-clicking…

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Dev Luv: Processing Text in Visio

There are two ways to process the text in shape text. You can use Shape.Text, which returns a string that contains placeholders for fields. I would use Shape.Text if I just wanted to read or write a string that did not contain any fields.   If you think or know that your shapes contain fields,…

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Visual Effects: Easy Elegance with Visio Shape Gradients

Visio shape gradients provide a fast way to give your shapes a professional-looking polish, especially for flowcharts and other diagrams that will be seen by a wide audience. You can set the gradient by selecting the shape, right-clicking, choosing Format, and then Fill. Gradients are set by selecting from the Pattern options on the shape’s…

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Dev Luv: “Managed” Visio VSL Add-ons?

Visio solutions comes in three forms: Visio add-on, COM add-in, and VBA code stored in the document. This article on MSDN describes the differences between add-ons and add-ins. Most of the new solution development that I’ve seen use COM add-ins, which were introduced to Visio in Visio 2002. COM add-ins are easier to write, work…

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Dev Luv: Using the Double-click Event in Visio

The double-click event in Visio is driven by the Shapesheet. To prototype how this works, drop a shape onto a Visio page and go into that shape’s Shapesheet. Scroll down to the Event section in the Shapesheet (it’s towards the bottom) and look for the EventDblClick cell. By default, shapes have the OPENTEXTWIN() formula, which…

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