Introducing Mr. Clarity

Harry Miller and Jonathan Foster in Office Content Publishing recently created a new educational video series called “Clarity,” whose aim is to encourage people to learn more about how to use Visio. (Note that these videos feature Visio 2007, rather than the newer Visio 2010 Community Tech Preview we have been discussing on the blog…

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Update: Visio 2007 Service Pack 2 and Visio Conference 2008

A few updates… XMI Export We recently reported the availability of Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Visio 2007.  We received a few questions about how to use the XMI export feature in UML diagrams.  The behavior in SP2 is exactly the same as in previous versions.  Integrating it into the UML solution and retiring the…

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Service Pack 2 available for Visio 2007

Yesterday, we released Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Visio 2007. You can download and install it from: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=78e36742-8bda-471e-88e6-9b561bb06258 Among the issues we’ve addressed in SP2 are these: A crash caused by early versions of the Broadcom “Send To Bluetooth” add-in occurs every time Visio is shut down. The first crash on exit will still occur, but subsequent…

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Developer Reference for Visio 2007 Viewer released

The Visio 2007 Viewer Developer Reference is up on MSDN and can be accessed at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc297217.aspx. The reference includes the full API reference and some short samples on how to embedded the viewer in different environments.  The Viewer provides an application programming interface (API) that enables solution developers to perform the following tasks: Load and…

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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 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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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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CAD Integration in Visio - Part 1

Visio has long had the ability to display, import and export CAD drawings stored in the DWG and DXF file formats.  If you are unfamiliar with the ways that Visio can work with CAD drawings, please read through this previous post.   In Visio 2003 the CAD feature set was overhauled to improve performance and…

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Visio 2007 Service Pack 1

It’s been about a year since the release of Visio 2007 and Office 2007, and Microsoft has now published Service Pack 1.  Here is the download link for English.  You can choose another language from this link as well. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=496BC7C1-ABD7-4BC7-8366-B8A4CC85803B&displaylang=en The goals of this service pack are to provide compatibility for upcoming releases such as…

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