New Structured Diagrams Whitepaper for Visio 2010

Microsoft has published a new technical article on MSDN about the Structured Diagram capabilities of Visio 2010.  Structured Diagrams help you organize the contents of your diagrams using intuitive, logical relationships between shapes.  These capabilities are exposed as the Containers, Lists, and Callouts features in Visio 2010. The article covers these topics: Overview of the…

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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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Tips for Copy/Paste in Visio 2010 (Including How to Copy a Page)

One of the things we all do a lot is reuse shapes or groups of shapes in several places and often the best way to do that is to Copy the existing shape and Paste it elsewhere. Even though you use it daily, there may be some behavior you’re not familiar with, especially with the…

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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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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 Editions

As we get ready for next month’s launch of Visio® 2010, we’re ready to announce that Visio 2010 will be available in three different editions. This post explains the differences between the three editions (and also gives you a sneak peak of what our boxes will look like!) Visio Standard 2010 Simplify complexity with a…

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Automatic Behaviors in Visio

Several people have posted in the newsgroups about Visio moving shapes around unexpectedly – particularly when documents are opened or saved.  This random behavior can be infuriating to users.  Perhaps more frustrating is that Visio may continue moving shapes around after the user has “fixed up” their diagram again.  This post looks at automatic behaviors…

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Applying a Background or Border Design in Visio 2010

Visio 2010 introduces a new way to apply a background or border and title design to your diagrams. The new Backgrounds and Borders & Titles galleries on the Design tab in the ribbon let you choose from a variety of styles and apply them with one click. Backgrounds For several versions, Visio has provided a…

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Remember to check out the new Visio blog!

Our new Visio blog is filled with tons of articles that can help you make the most of everything Visio has to offer. In it, we have posts on new features, tips and tricks, and ways to make your diagram look both professional and beautiful.   To give you an idea, here’s a sampling of…

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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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