## Best foot forward

One of the things I love about Visio is that if I shape you wants does not exist, you can create it. Contrary to what some Microsoft departments think, Visio is not a collection of static clip art. The shapes can be smart. In addition to shapes, you can make your own fill patterns andContinue reading “Best foot forward”

## Visio Stencil Sort

One of the things I noticed when reviewing Visio’s User Voice was the request for being able to have the shapes (they are actually masters) in the stencils be sorted. This is some code I have for keeping the masters in the document stencil sorted. Here is the before and after.

## Venn Diagram

Today, someone asked where the Venn Diagram was in Visio. There is a support article https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/create-a-venn-diagram-in-visio-447d65f4-79a3-411d-811d-bfdea7f83e2d The actual description for manually creating a Venn digram is okay, but a bit of overkill. You can just create a circle duplicate it twice, move them apart and distribute them horizontally (only worry about the distance between theContinue reading “Venn Diagram”

## Exploring the Visio file

I have been voluntarily supporting Visio for almost thirty years since version 1, after I found a promo version of Visio on a Windows update floppy. Before that I had been creating business diagrams by writing code to drive plotters. The first version was in assembler, the second was in COBOL. The COBOL was farContinue reading “Exploring the Visio file”

## Visio Ellipse Part 3

Decoupling the ellipse from the shape So, it is easy to create a circle shape and move it around the page, but what is needed to create a circle and move it within a shape? The problem is that the Ellipse row created has cells based on the Height and Width of the containing shape.Continue reading “Visio Ellipse Part 3”

## Visio Ellipse Part 2

Rotation So, what happens when a circle rotates? The Geometry row is unchanged, but the shape angle changes and the bounding box is at an angle. To correct the bounding box, you can do Developer > Operations > Union. Now the shape looks the same as before, but if you look at the Ellipse Row,Continue reading “Visio Ellipse Part 2”