Free 30-Day Visio 2003 Trial

There is a 30-day trial version of Visio 2003, if you want to check it out. Almost everything I blog about is based on Visio 2003. If you have an earlier version or have never installed Visio, you can check out the trial version of the latest and greatest Visio. Thanks,Mai-lan

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Visio Use at Microsoft: New Product User Interface Design for Program Managers

Among other things, Program Managers at Microsoft design the user interface experience for the next generation of product. We work with our graphic designers determine the goals, color, font, and common design elements for screens, but in many groups PMs put together the actual screen design that get pushed through usability tests, design reviews, coding,…

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Visio Use at Microsoft: Business Process Management Automation

Visio’s “visualize information” mantra applies to many different customer scenarios. In the next several blog entries, I’m going to focus on several different uses of Visio within Microsoft. I’ll show screen shots where I can (e.g., I don’t have to scrub confidential data). Hold off on questions about how all of this is implemented if you…

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Dev Luv: Digital Signatures for Visio Documents

If you are shipping a custom ActiveX control in your Visio solution, it’s important to know that Visio creates a VBA project when you embed an ActiveX control in a Visio document. That means that you need to sign both the custom ActiveX control and the Visio document itself in your solution. For more information…

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Dev Luv: Guidelines for Developing Visio Managed COM Add-ins

If you are developing a Visio (or any Office) managed-code COM add-in, these resources will come in handy: 1.       This PIA article is the best place to start to learn more about installing and using Office 2003 PIAs.     2.       If Microsoft provides an official PIA, always use PIAs. Yes, you can roll your own…


Visio Program Manager Job Opening

In the spirit of networking, can you recommend or refer anyone that you think may be qualified or have an interest in the position below?   We are looking for candidates who would like to Join Microsoft’s award-winning Visio Team within Office.  Come join the Visio Program Management team to define how our next generation diagrams improve how…

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Dev Luv: Determining When a Shape is Copied versus Added

A blog reader recently sent me mail asking how to programmatically determine if a shape has been added to the page through a cut-and-paste operation or by the user dragging and dropping the shape from the stencil. In this case, the reader wanted to call a different routine when the shape is copied. Visio has…

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Visio for Information Architecture

Dan Brown, a blog reader, writes for Boxes and Arrows, an online magazine for information architects. His articles focus on tools and best practices for preparing information architecture deliverables. Dan has written some interesting articles on Visio recently, namely creating an annotation widget for wireframes, creating a shape that you can toggle (what we call…


Dev Luv: Are You A Visio Shape Developer?

Which option best describes how you use Visio shapes? (a)     I only use the shapes that ship in the box or that I see in other peoples’ drawings; I don’t make any modification to the shapes when I use them. (b)     I modify existing shapes with color or other formatting changes and reuse those shapes;…

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Great Shapes for Conceptual Architecture Diagrams in Visio (Part 3)

Jeff, a blog reader, noticed a cool Web service shape in a .NET article posted on MSDN.  Here’s what the diagram looks like. The Web services shape isn’t a Visio shape that I’ve seen before so I contacted the authors of the article here at Microsoft. After weaving through several orgs, I found Eugenio from…

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