Why are #Visio H and Fs so Lame?

This question came up recently and though I have insisted that Visio authors mention that background pages are the Visio way, this goes into more detail. Word has had the ability to add special text at the top and the bottom of the page called Headers and Footers. They contained information like dates, page number,Continue reading “Why are #Visio H and Fs so Lame?”

Cruise runs aground

While I was creating the cruise demo, I ran into a problem removing the data source from the connected data. I had created the drawing and tried it as a data connected diagram and went back and tweaked the drawing. Since I wanted to start the demo with a clean diagram I tried to removeContinue reading “Cruise runs aground”

Techniques for creating Visio Shapes

Most Visio users barely scratch the surface when dealing with the product. I recently watched a video where a Visio expert dropped a shape on a page and then used the Text tool to create a label for the shape. All Visio shapes have a text block and there is a Text block tool ifContinue reading “Techniques for creating Visio 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”

Pool anyone? … or how to create a smart Visio Shape

One of the things I like about Visio are smart shapes. The trouble is that most of what is offered as Visio shapes is no more than clipart encapsulated in a Visio shape. For most purposes, that is fine, So time for some real Visio shapes. A pool table is a good candidate for aContinue reading “Pool anyone? … or how to create a smart Visio Shape”