Getting to Know Your Neighbors – Quickly

Visio’s SpatialNeighbors property is useful for finding shapes that are nearby other shapes or that overlap other shapes.  It can be used to programmatically answer the question “What did I drop my shape on top of?”.   Unfortunately, the SpatialNeighbors property can be extremely slow under certain circumstances.  In real world scenarios, searching might take…

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Going Off the Page

In an ideal world every business process would each fit on a single page.  Users have employed a variety of techniques to squeeze more information into a finite space.  Ultimately some business process diagrams must span across more than one page.  To maintain connectivity between the pages, Visio provides the Off-page reference shape.    …

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Cutting Corners

One of the challenges in Visio shape design is striking a balance between custom behavior and standard behavior.  The shape designer has one notion about how a shape should be used, and users often have a different notion.  Ideally the shape designer allows as much flexibility as possible without destroying the meaning of their shape….

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After Further Review

Several users have encountered a situation in Visio 2003 where the Reviewing toolbar is always shown.  Even once you turn off the toolbar, it reappears the next time the document is opened or the next time the Visio application is launched.      Here are some possible explanations and remedies.  You may need to try…

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How It All Began

We’re going to wrap up our look at Visio’s essential features with the most significant innovation of all – the SHAPE.   Essential Feature: Shapes A central concept in Visio is assembling a diagram from a pre-packaged set of content.  Users do not need to construct drawings from scratch using geometric primitives, nor do they…

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Intelligent Diagrams

This is the sixth topic in a series discussing the essential features that make up the Visio application.   Essential Feature:  Extensibility Part of the original vision for Visio was that you could use it to make almost any kind of drawing.  Rather than focus on being just a flowcharting application or just a floor…

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Retooling for Success

This is the fifth topic in a series discussing the essential features that make up the Visio application.   Essential Feature:  Drawing Tools Visio bills itself as a diagramming application, and Drag & Drop is the core feature that makes Visio easy to use.  However, Visio is also a pretty good drawing application and has…

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Take a Closer Look

This is the fourth topic in a series discussing the essential features that make up the Visio application.   Essential Feature:  Zoom From business processes to project schedules to organization charts to network topologies, there are many different kinds of information that people and businesses use Visio to visualize.  But all these scenarios have one…

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Gluing It All Together

This is the third topic in a series discussing the essential features that make up the Visio application.   Essential Feature:  Connectors The fundamental drawing type in Visio is the flowchart – a collection of boxes connected together by lines.  When Visio was first introduced, drawing programs mostly worked with geometric primitives.  Boxes and connectors…

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What’s in a (File)Name?

This is the second topic in a series discussing the essential features that make up the Visio application.   Essential Feature:  Drawings, Stencils and Templates In the previous post on Drag and Drop, we mentioned that Stencils were separate documents from the drawing and thus Visio has to make a local copy of a master…

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