Visio has some interesting Characters

The Question Recently, Scott, one my good friends asked me about the Visio Character section. A slightly strange request considering he is one of only a half dozen people world wide who MS, has recognized as a Visio expert. Scott does know I have not had a great year physically and I think he isContinue reading “Visio has some interesting Characters”

What section was that in?

You can become a Visio master without turning on the developer tab, but if you do, then the real magic happens. It opens the world of the shapesheet and access to the internal structure of Visio. Visio has two types of sections, the visual sections you find when you “Open Shapesheet” and the real dataContinue reading “What section was that in?”

The adventures of Visio section shapes continues

A while back I created a stencil of Visio section shapes. They were based on screen shots of the Shapesheet, I added control handles to adjust “cell” widths. The cells content was stored in Excel. I then loaded the “cell” contents from Excel. So, I had shapes that looked like Shapesheet sections, but they hadContinue reading “The adventures of Visio section shapes continues”

Visio RowType?

I love spelunking through the Visio shapesheet and creating Visio shapes that are more than just plain clipArt. I use CellsSRC() to explore because I can iterate through an entire shapesheet and learn. Though CellsSRC sounds like Cells Source, it actually stands for Section, Row and Cell. Section is misleading. If you look at theContinue reading “Visio RowType?”

Time to do the laundry

I am always on the look out for new candidates for Visio. More than a decade ago, I came across a series of symbols for laundry. What intrigued me was the washing shape. It had a series of dots to indicate maximum temperature going from one to six dots. Rather than two rows of three,Continue reading “Time to do the laundry”

Shape Data or Context Menu? Why not both?

In Visio 2010, the Visio team added a Flyout Child cell to the Context menu of a shape. John Goldsmith did a good write up. Visio 2010 custom context menu So, if you are building a Visio shape, you have two ways of controlling how a shape behaves, the context menu or by using ShapeContinue reading “Shape Data or Context Menu? Why not both?”

ShapeSheet Shapes

A lot of people only know Visio as an app to create business diagrams with clip art and connecting lines. Some have realized you can connect the diagram to a data source like Excel and bring life to the content. Some have also realzed you can add embelishments to the shapes called Data Graphics thatContinue reading “ShapeSheet Shapes”