Visio Title Block

Recently a user asked in the Answers forum about Title Blocks and I figured that, that would be a good beginner’s topic to talk about. The user was familiar with AutoCAD and title blocks, but was having trouble with the concept in Visio. Most Engineering / Architectural drawings have a concept called a Title Block,Continue reading “Visio Title Block”

Does Visio have enough Precision?

A Visio user in the Answers Forums asked about an issue with the Precision feature in Visio. He was having trouble with feet-inches vs decimal feet. The “Precision & Units…” feature is not built into Visio, but is implemented by a right click feature in the shapesheet. It is in both the Metric and ImperialContinue reading “Does Visio have enough Precision?”

Help Analyzing Shapes

I have been analyzing a Visio feature in some of the shapes implemented through the shapesheets to understand what is going on and provide guidance for anyone who wants to implement the feature on other shapes. (Sorry Dave no pictures.) The feature involve the User and Shape Data sections, some lists, lookups and nested IFs.Continue reading “Help Analyzing Shapes”

Editing a Visio EE master – Part 2

So, now on to creating the shape… These is just some of the switches that the O.P. was talking about. They all have the same pattern, two contact points, a diagonal line indicating the connection and then a control symbol indicating how the switch is controlled/triggered. The shapes have three common points. A, the hingeContinue reading “Editing a Visio EE master – Part 2”

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”

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”