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?”

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”