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  1. Resolve the problem with "ms-visio nft" (New From Template)

    “Using the Visio ms-visio:nft function does not set the Save As location.

    For example, when using...

    ms-visio:nft|u|https://[path]/Test.vstx|s|https://[path]

    This should create a new Visio drawing based on the template given, and set the default save location to that specified with the 's' command.

    What happens though is the Visio file is created, but the default save location is NOT set which is a major problem for our integration.

    This doesn't work for any Visio template. We can reproduce on any version of Visio and with local and http file locations.

    There is no error reported.

    Note: the same function DOES…

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      1 comment  ·  Extensibility & API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Create a native Mac OS X version

      Create a native Mac OS X version

      13 votes
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      • Active User Report

        Please provide an Active User Report similar to the main O365 components (EXO, SPO, etc…) that displays the “Last Activity Date” for a user. This helps us track our user adoption. It also will allow us to track who is no longer using their license so we can redistribute them to different users.

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        • When you insert an image in Visio 2016, the quality of the inserted image is lost.

          When you insert an image in Visio 2016, the quality of the inserted image is lost.

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          • Selection Pane

            Excel and PowerPoint have selection panes which enables us selecting multiple objects in various criteria and formatting tame afterwards (for instance formatting sub-process shapes using same criteria in a flow chart). There is a "select" menu, but I think it does not the similar skills as the "selection pane". Therefore, I wish you could consider implementing a similar selection pane.

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            • Selection Pane

              Excel and PowerPoint have selection panes which enables us selecting multiple objects in various criteria and formatting tame afterwards (for instance formatting sub-process shapes using same criteria in a flow chart). There is a "select" menu, but I think it does not the similar skills as the "selection pane". Therefore, I wish you could consider implementing a similar selection pane.

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              • Default Date Format for Timeline

                The default date for a timeline shows the month date and year. For a flow that is only 1 year long having the year listed on every milestone just looks like clutter. I should be able to set a default date format that would apply to all milestones added to my timeline.

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                • Timeline in Business Days

                  Most of us are using Visio for business purposes, weekends are irrelevant in a timeline. Please allow a timeline to only show business days.

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                  • Always display connection points / increase size of connection points

                    In Visio 2016, connection points are only visible under certain conditions:

                    > Connection points become visible when you try to connect one shape to another. You see a shape’s connection points when you hover near the shape with the Connector Tool or drag the endpoint of any connector or line near a shape that has connection points.

                    In older versions of Visio, connections points were always visible. Please add an an option to always display connection points.

                    Additionally, when the connection points are visible, they are difficult to see, even when zoomed in.

                    Increasing the size of the "grey square"…

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                    • Make external data import use multiple cores again.

                      Visio pro 2010, 2013 uses multiple cores 2016 only use 1 core if you do an external data import from excel. to give you an idea. I have 1 large visio flow and I import the data from excel, the 2010 and 2013 versions of visio need 5 a 6 minutes to complete. Visio 2016 is after 1 hour on 10%

                      I tested this behaviour on several pc's from windows 7 up to 10, office 2010 up to office 365, 32 and 64 bit. and. My last try to see if this problem was gone was a i9-7980XE 128GB ram…

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                      • Data Flow Diagrams - Gane-Sarason Shapes, change the default Font Colour for Data Store from white to black

                        Data Flow Diagrams - Gane-Sarason Shapes, change the default Font Colour for Data Store shape from white to black

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                        • Formatar forma

                          Sugiro a correção do campo "Formatar Forma" > "Propriedades de Tamanho", pois está aparecendo a opção de texto alternativo.

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                            • Add "arrow" styles for commonly used UML and SYSML line adornments.

                              Add arrow (line end) types for:
                              -The filled diamond;
                              --The "Celtic Cross" aka "Crosshair"
                              --The half arrow (only one side of line)
                              --Arrow pointing to box.

                              These are commonly used lie end symbols in SysML and UML.

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                              • Don't change connectors when grouping objects

                                Sometimes when I group multiple objects connected with connectors (especially when they are grouped closely), these connectors will just change wildly.
                                Please just do not change/update anything when grouping or ungrouping.

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                                • Visio Electrical Circuit diagram symbols should conform to the NEC codes as published by the NFPA.

                                  Visio 16 Professional: The Electrical Circuit symbols do not conform to the NEC codes as published by the NFPA.

                                  Please change the symbols to conform to those standards. Otherwise, Visio is useless. We have to turn to other software.

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                                  • Remeber the custom colour dialog size / make it larger for 4k displays

                                    The colour dialog (Fill -> More Colors etc.) doesn't remember the previous size.

                                    Also, when viewing this dialog on a 4k screen using 175% scaling the default dialog size is way too small.

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                                    • Format Shape - Add text block options to flyout window

                                      The format shape flyout doesn't contain settings for the text block (padding, alignment, etc.) (https://i.imgur.com/OCrOR78.png).
                                      These seem to only be accessible from the paragraph options, which isn't very intuitive. The previous version of Visio brought up the whole text box settings window (https://i.imgur.com/r1vhWjg.png).

                                      Word, by contrast, shows the text box settings in the flyout (https://i.imgur.com/fjwjDyf.png).
                                      Not very consistent across Office applications...
                                      https://aka.ms/AA2pxma

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                                      • Option to "apply" the rotation/transform

                                        If I rotate a shape by 90 degrees, it would be useful if I could apply the rotation/transform and reset the bounding box to match the new orientation so that the width corresponds to a change in X and the height corresponds to a change in Y.

                                        At the moment there is no easy way of doing this (that I can find), so for the above example the height property now looks like it adjusts its width and vice-versa.
                                        https://aka.ms/AA2qewo

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                                        • Developer tool - Operations - Expand stroke / create outline

                                          Ability to expand the stoke / line style to a shape including arrow heads like many other vector software packages.
                                          https://aka.ms/AA2q7io

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