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”

Visio Ellipse Part 4

So, why the interest in the Ellipse row? I came across a set of symbols that seemed ideal for Visio and some of the shapes had an interesting way of indicating heat settings. A series of dots from one to six. Initially I wanted to do this as a shapesheet segment, so I worked outContinue reading “Visio Ellipse Part 4”

Visio Ellipse Part 1

I needed to create a new shape that was a series of dots, from zero to six. The shape had one property that determined the number of dots. The easy way would be to create a series of circle shapes, group them and control the visibility of each dot from the group shape. I tendContinue reading “Visio Ellipse Part 1”