Visio Conference 2006 presentations available online

If you didn't get a chance to make it to the Visio Conference we held in January, we've put up audio/visual recordings from all of the sessions at There is a lot of great information there, whether you are interested in the developer sessions, hearing about Visio 2007, or seeing what partners are doing on top of Visio.

Each of the sessions includes the video of the demos, so the downloads can get pretty big for some of the more demo-intensive sessions -- something to remember before firing up the download over a dialup connection.

I think that all of the sessions went well, but there are a few that I'd like to call out as particularly interesting to the readers of this blog:

  • There are three sessions on the general customer features (as opposed to programmability ones) in Visio 2007 -- a general overview from Eric, then one that focuses on Data Link (Dynamic Visualization of Enterprise Data), and finally one that focused on PivotDiagrams (High-impact Reports and Data Presentations). If you are interested in seeing these features in action, take a look at the first three sessions in the Visio 2007 track.

  • We have been a little lax in getting the formal developer documentation for Visio 2007 out to everyone. That is something that we expect to rectify really soon, but in the meantime check out Phil Arida's session: What's New in Visio 2007 Programmability. This presentation gives you everything you need to get started with the new programming features in Visio 2007.

  • Mark Nelson's session on Building a Model-driven Visio Solution was amazing. This is a topic that gets a lot of interest since many of the types of solutions that people like to build on top of Visio (e.g. business process and network management) involve an underlying model that needs to be represented visually. This topic definitely requires some experience with programming Visio, but if you have that background I highly recommend it.

  • Chris Roth (one of our MVPs) did a session on the ways that you can work with XML in Visio. This is a really broad topic, but Chris did a great job of covering all the bases in a very demo-intensive session.

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