Visual Updates to Shapes in Visio 2010

One of the goals of the Visio 2010 release is to make it easier to create attractive, presentation-quality diagrams. Previously on this blog, we have discussed our improvements to backgrounds, layout, routing, and themes. Visio 2010 also features improvements to the default look of many templates, as well as over 500 newly designed shapes. Below are a few highlights of these changes.

New default theme

Many Visio 2010 templates feature a new, consistent set of default line, font, and shadow properties that help make diagrams look more modern. Here is an example comparing part of a Visio 2007 flowchart with a Visio 2010 flowchart:

V12 flowchart

In addition to these general enhancements, below are some specific templates we made significant changes to.

Directional Map

The Landmark Shapes stencil in the Directional Map template has around 30 newly designed shapes. Here are a few:

Directional Map Shapes


The Workflow Shapes template also has around 30 newly designed shapes. Here are a few:

Workflow Shapes 


Here is a calendar created in Visio 2010, with our newly designed calendar and icon shapes:



Visio 2010’s timeline shapes have a sleek new look. Here is an example:


The above are just a few examples. Here is a more comprehensive list of stencils and templates with new or updated shapes:

  • Six Sigma
  • Data Graphics Legend
  • Containers
  • Callouts
  • Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN)
  • BPMN Pools & Lanes
  • Basic Flowchart
  • Compliance
  • Cross-functional
  • SharePoint Workflow
  • Wireframe
  • Backgrounds
  • Borders
  • Timeline
  • Web site map
  • Calendar
  • Workflow
  • Landmarks

We are interested in your feedback on these visual updates. You can use the Send a Smile feedback tool or comment on the blog to let us know what you think.

Comments (5)

  1. santi says:

    Por qué no introducen los mapas i banderas del mundo del Visio standard (anterior a a la compra de microsoft)


  2. santi says:

    Por qué no introducen los mapas y banderas del mundo del Visio standard (anterior a a la compra de microsoft)


  3. Betty Carson says:

    VISIO network diagrams – Microsoft Visio 2010 takes diagramming to a new level with dynamic,

    data-driven visualization tools and templates, enhanced process management capabilities, and

    advanced Web sharing. Bring real-time data together from multiple sources, including Excel and Microsoft SQL Server, in one powerful diagram using vibrant graphics like icons and data bars.

  4. Visio Guy says:

    Ooops! That thick-lined arrow overlapping the thin line of the Start shape doesn’t look so hot! The rounded end-cap on the arrow protrudes into the shape and looks not-so-good!

    Map and workflow shapes look great, though! Adobe Illustrator imports?

    – Chris

  5. Visio Guy says:

    One more note: your comment "Enter Code Here" device doesn’t work in the Opera Browser. It reports "ERROR: The code you entered was invalid, try again." every time, even when the code is properly entered.

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