ShapeSheet Formula AutoComplete & Other Improvements

In this post, we’ll be covering improvements to the ShapeSheet in Visio 2010 that make it easier for shape developers to create and modify existing Visio shapes. For those who don’t know, Visio shapes are more complex than they may seem at first; behind each shape is a ShapeSheet (you can get more details here…

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Updates Regarding the Visio Viewer

Some of you have recently noticed that your install of the Visio Viewer isn’t working – this is by design and can easily be fixed. Microsoft has recently released Security Bulletin MS09-55 through Windows Update which deactivates Visio Viewers 2002, 2003 and 2007 because of a security issue. With this fix we are retiring Visio…

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Wireframe Shapes in Visio 2010

Visio has long been regarded by interaction designers and information architects as an essential tool in their work. Many software wireframes (aka software mockups) are built using Visio, and they can range from mobile software, interactive web sites, to enterprise application software. In the past, Visio included a set of Windows XP stencils for such…

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Visio 2010: Better with Windows 7

Windows 7 is here, and it makes it easier to find and work with your favorite applications. This post details the work we did in Visio 2010 to take advantage of new Windows 7 features, to make working with Visio documents even easier. Multiple Documents in Visio 2010 and the new Windows 7 Taskbar The…

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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…

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Improvements to multi-page document support in Visio 2010

In this post, we’ll talk about the improvements we’ve made in Visio 2010 to make it easier to work with multi-page documents. With these changes, Visio provides more control when you copy and paste shapes between pages, as well as more efficient page tab management and navigation. Copying and pasting shapes The biggest change with…

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The Improved Dynamic Grid in Visio 2010

In Visio 2010, we’ve made it easier to align and space shapes to make your diagrams look neat and organized. In a previous post we covered our new layout improvements that help clean up existing diagrams. In this post, we’re going to cover how improvements in Visio’s Dynamic Grid can help you drag a single…

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BPMN support in Visio 2010

Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) is a standard maintained by the Object Management Group which gives businesses the ability to understand their business processes using a graphical notation and to communicate these processes in a uniform manner. The basic BPMN shapes are similar to traditional flowcharting shapes, which makes modeling in BPMN easy for new…

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Subprocesses and Hyperlinks

You may recall that simplifying Process Management is one of the core areas we focused on in Visio 2010.  Many Visio users build large process diagrams and a common tactic is to segment them into manageable, reusable pieces.  Typically, processes are broken down into parts on different pages within the same document, or in some…

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Video: Process Diagrams in Visio 2010

Recently Mark Nelson from the Visio team sat down with Harry Miller (off-screen) to discuss some of the improvements in Visio 2010 related to process diagrams.  The video includes explanations of our Process Management investments as well as demos for Cross-functional Flowchart, BPMN diagram and Validation features.     The conversation is the latest in…

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