Tripp Lite Uses Visio Graphics for Publications

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Tripp Lite Visio shape of a cooling unitThe best way to extend the value of any asset is to use it and re-use if for multiple purposes.  This goes for Visio shapes just as well as any other type of content such as images, text articles, etc.

We produce Visio shapes for Tripp-Lite, a leading manufacturer of products that power, connect and protect computers and other electronics.  While Visio is a 2-dimensional drawing program, it …Continue reading

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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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

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

Is Visio a sensible alternative to CAD systems?

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Many of the companies we work with at Visimation use Visio as a low cost and more sensible alternative to CAD systems like AutoCAD, MicroStation, ProE, and more.  While CAD has its strengths, we find that as many as 80% of CAD users can perform their work more efficiently and at lower cost if they were to use Visio.  Of course it all depends on what you need to do with a graphics system.  In this article I’ll share our experience regarding why companies choose to use Visio in lieu of CAD.  …Continue reading