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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Custom Containers, Lists and Callouts in Visio 2010

In previous posts we introduced you to Containers and some of their special capabilities.  We also introduced Lists through their use in Cross-functional Flowchart, Data Graphic Legends and Wireframe shapes.  Finally we introduced Callouts as annotations on Visio diagrams.  Containers, Lists and Callouts can be used in a wide variety of diagram types.  This article…

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New ShapeSheet Cells and Functions in Visio 2010

Our previous post introduced the improvements we made to the ShapeSheet window for shape developers.  In this post, we will continue with ShapeSheet development and dig deeper to examine the new ShapeSheet cells and functions available in Visio 2010. New Cells A number of new cells were added to both the PageSheet and the ShapeSheet…

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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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Live Rendering Shapes in Visio 2010

For several releases Visio has enhanced the appearance of shapes in diagrams by adding isometric projections or themes with gradients and shadows.  All the while, their appearance in the Shapes Window has been unchanged.  The 32×32 pixel icons have been limited to 16 colors (reminiscent of the EGA color palette  from 1984).  Thus the Shapes…

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The Developer tab in Visio 2010

Visio has long had a setting called “developer mode” that developers and shape designers can enable in order to surface extra functionality. In previous versions of Visio, enabling developer mode made new items appear in couple of different menus (Chris Roth has a good overview here). With Visio 2010, we have taken advantage of our…

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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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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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Publishing Visio 2007 Solutions

Saul Candib, our technical writer for Visio, has posted an excellent article on MSDN explaining how to publish Visio 2007 solutions.  In this context “solutions” refers to the add-ons, templates, stencils and/or help files that you have created and want to distribute to other people. We covered this topic in a previous post, but the MSDN…

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Make Your Own Data Graphic – Icon Sets

This is the third and final post in a series demonstrating how you can create data graphic callout shapes for use in Visio 2007 Professional.  The first post discussed Text Callouts.  Data Bars were described in the second post.  There is also an article on MSDN that covers the full spectrum of customization possibilities for…

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