Using Visio 2007 Professional’s data connectivity features with timelines

Visio 2007 provides data connectivity support for a number of data sources such as Excel, SQL and SharePoint Lists.  One interesting scenario is to pull in schedule information from a SharePoint calendar (a special list type in SharePoint) to generate a Visio timeline.  Visio MVP David Parker has posted an article that illustrates how to…

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Visio Conference 2008 videos posted

For anyone who wasn’t able to attend the Visio Conference 2008 this February or has been itching to show everyone else the cool things coming in Visio “vNext”, the wait is over!  Videos from all the conference sessions are posted on http://www.visiotoolbox.com.  Click on the conference link in the bottom-right corner of the page –…

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Extra drawings opening on Visio launch

This situation has come up frequently enough in the newsgroups that the solution should be widely circulated: When Visio crashes, it will often restart and recover the document you were working on.  This is generally quite helpful, but sometimes Visio doesn’t know when to stop.  Sometimes Visio will continue to recover that document and show it…

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Shape Conversion in Process Engineering

  A recent newsgroup post asks for an explanation of the cells that get added to a shape when it is converted using the Process Engineering add-on.    The Shape Conversion command in Process Engineering allows you to make any shape work like the built-in Process Engineering shapes.  We recognized that customers who made Piping…

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CAD Integration Announcement for Visio "vNext"

This morning at Day 2 of Visio Conference 2008, we announced that the next version of Visio will add support for AutoCAD 2007 DWG and DXF file formats.  As mentioned in previous blog posts, this was a major request from Visio customers and partners. General Manager Richard Wolf explained in his keynote address how Visio prioritizes feature investments…

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Visio "vNext"

Tuesday more than 300 customers, partners and Visio community members gathered for Day 1 of Visio Conference 2008.   Attendees were treated to an impressive array of partner solutions, product demonstrations and information-filled sessions.  To top it all off, attendees got the first sneak peak at the next version of Microsoft Office Visio.       …

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Visio as a Business Process Analysis Tool

Visio had the opportunity to present at Microsoft’s SOA & BP conference last November on using Visio as a Business Process Analysis Tool.  A video of that presentation is now available for viewing.  Mark Nelson from the Visio team describes how Visio 2007 helps bring BPA to the masses through its in-box feature set and robust…

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Images and the Dynamic Grid

A recent newsgroup post described a problem getting the Dynamic Grid feature to work with images.  The user inserted pictures into their diagram and wanted the same alignment aids that Visio provides for regular shapes.  This can be done with a small modification of the image shapes.  First let’s look at the Dynamic Grid behavior…

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Visio Toolbox Site

Microsoft has significantly updated its Visio product information on the web.  Check out the new site at http://www.visiotoolbox.com. You will find articles, training and downloads that provide a wealth of information on Visio 2007.  Those that found the previous IT Toolkit valuable will appreciate the free products and promotional offers on the site.  Note that…

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CAD Integration in Visio – Part 2

In the previous post we reviewed the problems users were encountering with the CAD Integration feature set in Visio 2003 and the fixes that were made in Visio 2007.  In this post we look at the remaining issues with CAD and Visio.     Converting CAD drawings to Visio shapes Visio 2003 changed the way…

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