Visio – Non Standard Timelines

One of the long time requests for the Visio Timeline is to support something other than standard dates and times. Items that are not related to the standard concept of time. This can be accomplished by NOT using date formats in the shapes. Each shape is grouped and has a top level shape that containsContinue reading “Visio – Non Standard Timelines”

Visio – How do I Change Skin Colour?

I have a few Google alerts set up to let me know if the word Visio is mentioned on the internet. I am always interested in new stencils for Visio and this has proven an effective way of finding them. Most of the time, the hit has nothing to do with the product Visio orContinue reading “Visio – How do I Change Skin Colour?”

Visio – a Percentage Ruler

When I try to create Visio shapes from a sample image, I import the image into Visio and stretch it so it matches the scale of the drawing. I can then use the dimension shapes to “measure” the image. Recently I came across a collection of shapes that had similar profiles, but the proportions varied. IContinue reading “Visio – a Percentage Ruler”

Visio’s Custom Line Ends

One interesting feature of Visio that is not well documented is that you can create your own custom fill patterns, line patterns and line ends. For now, I will review the procedure for creating a semicircular line end. Something like: (—–) Open Drawing Explorer Select New Pattern from Line Ends. Set the name. Set theContinue reading “Visio’s Custom Line Ends”

Visio’s How do the background shapes work?

When dropped on the current page the background shapes automatically adjust to the size of the current page. This is more obvious when the page has a landscape orientation.  This same feature is also used in the border shapes. To make your own background shape, create a shape that has no problems being stretched andContinue reading “Visio’s How do the background shapes work?”

Visio’s Headers/Footers or Background Pages?

Anyone new to Visio may not be aware of why Visio has both Headers/Footers and background pages or know that there is such a thing as a background page. In Visio 1, the developers created the concept of type basic types of pages; foreground and background. The foreground pages were the pages that were actuallyContinue reading “Visio’s Headers/Footers or Background Pages?”

Visio’s Only one Background Page?

In several online tutorials (non Microsoft), it is usually mentioned that you can only have one background page. This is partially true. A page can only have one background page. This is often interpreted as meaning only foreground pages, but background pages can also have background pages. So it is possible, that a foreground pageContinue reading “Visio’s Only one Background Page?”

HELP! What is that ABOUT?

Or The Frustions of Development… I know that the Windows Phone is a new environment, but life would be easier with some good examples. Of course, actually finding these examples is also an excercise in frustration. Since the original C langage (aka COBOL), the use of compound words has been prevalent. Names like BRINGFORWARDDAILYREVENUETAXAMOUNTS wereContinue reading “HELP! What is that ABOUT?”

Visio’s Multi-Shape

This week I had a request for assistance in finding Visio’s flowchart multi-shape. Rather than being in the Basic Flowchart stencil, it is now in Software and Database –> Program Structure in a stencil called Language Level Shapes and is called Flowchart shapes. This is an interesting shape because it contains four shapes with onlyContinue reading “Visio’s Multi-Shape”