Introducing Visio Services

Last week at the SharePoint Conference, the Visio team unveiled Visio Services – a new feature of SharePoint 2010 that extends the reach of diagrams considerably. In a nutshell, Visio Services lets you: View diagrams in the browser without needing Visio on your machine Refresh data-driven diagrams in the browser Integrate diagrams into SharePoint applications…

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Visio 2010 Beta coming soon…

It’s been several months since the Technical Preview was released and we started talking about Visio 2010 on this blog.  The product team has been hard at work responding to your feedback, fixing bugs and polishing the application.  Next month we are scheduled to release the Visio 2010 Beta, which will be open to the…

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Using a Visio Process Repository

We frequently speak with Visio users whose organizations need to manage collections of process diagrams. Many of these users are employing basic methods such as storing these documents on network file shares. However, these methods leave much to be desired. For instance, end users frequently ask us questions like: How can I make sure I’m…

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Announcing SharePoint 2010 and Visio Services

Yesterday Microsoft released details about SharePoint 2010 at the SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas.  SharePoint 2010 is a major release, covering a tremendous array of collaboration capabilities.  You can read the overview on the SharePoint team blog.  A notable feature in SharePoint 2010 is Visio Services.  Here is the summary of Visio Services from our…

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Data Graphics Legends in Visio 2010

Many of you are familiar with the work we did in Visio 2007 to make it easier to surface data that exists in your diagram in a visual form. Data graphics allow you to add refreshable data visualizations to the shapes in your diagram. See our previous posts Microsoft Office Visio 2007 Released and Customizing…

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Data Graphics in Visio 2010

In Visio 2007, we introduced the data graphics feature to make it possible to display data on shapes using text callouts, data bars, or icons, or by coloring the shapes based on the data. As the data changes, the data graphics update accordingly. With data graphics, Visio diagrams can be used to visualize dynamic data…

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Live Rendering Shapes in Visio 2010

For several releases Visio has enhanced the appearance of shapes in diagrams by adding isometric projections or themes with gradients and shadows.  All the while, their appearance in the Shapes Window has been unchanged.  The 32×32 pixel icons have been limited to 16 colors (reminiscent of the EGA color palette  from 1984).  Thus the Shapes…

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Annotating Diagrams with Callouts in Visio 2010

One of the guiding principles for the Visio 2010 user interface is that commonly used shapes should be easily accessible.  We showed how the Quick Shapes view in the Shapes Window aggregates the shapes from multiple stencils together.  There are also common shapes that are useful in many different kinds of diagrams.  These are exposed…

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Automatic Page Sizing in Visio 2010

When you start a new diagram, you typically begin with a single drawing page that is the size of a standard piece of printer paper.  Many diagrams grow beyond the size of a single printed sheet.  Visio 2010 adds a dynamic page sizing capability that responds as you draw, so you no longer have to…

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