Connection Strip

There was a recent request in https://visio.uservoice.com/ about Distribute connectors vertically and horizontally and it sounded like an interesting shape to create. It is basically a 1-D shape (a line that is attached to a 2-D shape to add connection points.) The shape has fifteen connection points, but uses Shape Data to make from 1Continue reading “Connection Strip”

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”

Word Art in Visio

I was searching through Visio User Voice https://visio.uservoice.com/ for ideas of shapes to create and came across a request for converting text to outlines, something Adobe has. The feature does not exist in Visio, but it does exist in the other Office products like Word and PPT. So the easy answer is to create theContinue reading “Word Art in Visio”

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 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”