Tips About Visio Connection Points

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Connecting Visio shapesOne of Visio’s most helpful features is the ability to snap and glue objects together with Connection Points.  These are the little blue “x” symbols that you can see on many pre-made Visio shapes that come with the product or from other sources such as www.ShapeSource.com.  Here we’ll discuss how to insert additional connection points in Visio shapes that you have downloaded or created yourself.  While the basic operation is quite simple, we’ll explain what to watch out for so …Continue reading

Customizing the Title Block in Visimation QuotePix

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QuotePix report in Excel

Many technical drawings require a title block.  There are various ways to construct a title block and to automate its contents.  We’ll discuss some useful methods in the context of one of our Visio add-ons.

Visimation’s QuotePix Visio add-on generates bill of materials (BOM) reports from your Visio drawings such as the adjacent sample.  It has many task-easing features such as a BOM window that dynamically shows quantities of parts …Continue reading

Using Visio Graphics in Other Applications

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Microsoft PowerPoint file containing vector .emf images

Vector .emf images in PowerPoint

We are often asked how to use the rich Visio shapes produced at Visimation in other applications such as Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw, etc.  There are several ways to do this. First, we’ll discuss how Visimation has made it very easy.  Then, we’ll explain what to expect when you copy and paste manually from Visio into other programs.

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Free Xbox 360 Visio Stencil

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Xbox 360 Visio ShapesWe’ve created a Microsoft Xbox 360 shape that you can download free from ShapeSource.com.  It’s a useful demonstration of the quality and features of Visio network equipment shapes produced by Visimation.  There are 4 master shapes on the stencil:  Front, Rear, Perspective, and All.  The All shape provides a right click menu for toggling between the 3 views.  We did this to show a couple of options… separate master shapes for each view or one master containing all views.

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Architectural Site Plans with Visio

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Barry Milliken is a practicing Registered Architect with extensive computer aided design (CAD) experience.  He uses Visio for most of his design work because it’s an easy and cost effective 2D graphics program.  Barry created a custom solution for drawing site plans in Visio and has partnered with Visimation to offer it as a Visio add-on product called visiSitePlan.

VisiSitePlan contains several stencils with intelligently programmed shapes that automate a variety of drawing tasks.  The beauty of using Visio for these …Continue reading

Convert a group to 1D and insert an image

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Thumbnail for introIn a recent post we discussed some of the techniques for using 1D shapes.  We received an excellent question from a visitor who asked:

 “I’ve played with the techniques mentioned. However, I can’t seem to find the way to insert an image onto the line as suggested in the article. Can you please elaborate?”

Sure.  To illustrate the point, I’m going to describe a simple manual method for inserting an image into a 1D shape to insert into an …Continue reading