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”

Adding Shape Data to a series of new shapes

I have been playing with Visio Visualization in Power BI and the first step is to create a Visio drawing. Basically it is a bunch of shapes, but I need to add Shape Data to the new shapes, basically the key that will link the shape to the row of data in Excel. I couldContinue reading “Adding Shape Data to a series of new shapes”

Removing unwanted properties from a collection of masters

In addition to cleaning up how the masters looked, I also had masters that contained user and custom (AKA Shape Data) properties that were no longer needed. Again VBA was useful. So I used the following code to Public Sub CleanMasters() Dim vsoMaster As Visio.Master Dim vsoMasterCopy As Visio.Master Dim vsoShape As Visio.Shape For EachContinue reading “Removing unwanted properties from a collection of masters”

Clean up Visio Masters

Anyone who has created Visio masters may have noticed that the masters may require cleanup. When selecting a master to edit, you may notice that the edit window seems to be empty and you  will need to center the image to bring it back in view. Other times, the shape is bigger than the pageContinue reading “Clean up Visio Masters”

Colour My World Part II

Visio does not handle rows well and lists easily in the shapesheet, you can not do basic things like sorting the rows. So I use my favourite list handling app, Excel. When I need to manage large amounts of shape data, I manage it in Excel and then use VBA to remove the old shapeContinue reading “Colour My World Part II”

Open Shape Surgery for the Visio Developer

One of the first gotchas for new Visio developers is the UnGroup command. Visio shapes are simple, they can have one colour and one line type. To make a traffic light, you need to group a red circle, yellow circle and a green circle. When grouped, Visio will take a collection of shapes and createContinue reading “Open Shape Surgery for the Visio Developer”