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  1. Add option to disable 'Bus-style Edge Routing'

    Currently, "Hierarchy" flow, using "bus" style (multiple edge ends to be anchored at the same location).
    It's will be better to have an option to disable "bus" style.
    To understand, go to https://docs.yworks.com/yfilesjava/doc/api/#/dguide/hierarchical_layout#hierarchical_layout-automatic_edge_grouping

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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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        • 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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          • New feature to create diagram from picture

            Microsoft just annouce a new feature on Excel. You can take a picture of a data table and turn it into a spreadsheet.

            It could be a huge time savior if I could take a picture of a hand draw diagram and turn it into Visio diagram.

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            • Ability to color tabs in Visio

              In the same way you can color tabs in Excel, it would be helpful to have that feature in Visio. It's helpful when reviewing comments or addressing comments from teammates. When I am complete with a tab, I could color it green for tracking purposes.

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              • Invert the default coloring scheme of white lettering on dark fields

                Invert the default coloring scheme of white lettering on dark fields to dark lettering on white fields.
                Three reasons:
                --Printing in the default color scheme needlessly uses ink, energy and natural resources.
                --Printing in dark lettering/white fields is easier to read.
                --Photocopying documents printed in the default color scheme does not work well, especially when printed B/W.

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                • Fix the bug where "Re-Layout" doesn't work when you are working with a data container

                  When you import in a cross functional flowchart using excel and the templates visio provides, the Re-Layout doesn't work. It just makes a terrible layout with the start button in the middle of the swim lane. It's the container that's blocking this. If i disband the container, and do a re-layout (left to right) it will make it look like a really nice professional flowchart. But when i do that, it breaks the link to the data.

                  Visio advertises the excel & visio integration feature, but it not even usable

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                    • Add the shape set Cross Function Flow Chart to Visio Online

                      Add the shape set Cross Function Flow Chart to Visio Online

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                      • Make it possible to import Visio drawings to PowerPoint as separate blocks

                        If you could import flowcharts as separate blocks to PowerPoint you would be able to add different animations and present the blocks one by one. When you're only able to import the Visio drawing as a picture it's hard to present it in a smart way for the viewers.

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                        • align lines / boxes diagonally according to one side of their shape

                          can't align things on a certain angle / center them on a diagonal or inclined axis.

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                          • 6 votes
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                            • Visio Hyperlinks - make it so you can cut and paste with mouse.

                              Right now you HAVE to use Ctrl V to paste an internet hyperlink in Visio 2016. How very 1985 of you! Please make it so we can copy and paste a web address in the hyperlink field in Visio.

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                              • Visio Crashes when I uses "Container"... Suggest to fix!

                                If I have an amount of Flow Charts selected and then go to insert a Container to capture the Flow Charts, then Visio consistently crashes. If I do not select Flow Charts before inserting a Container it all works great.

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                                • 13 votes
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                                  • Can I present my Visio flowchart one block at a time - such as powerpoint does with addign animations?

                                    Presenting flowcharts to others one block at a time would allow the team to focus on each block.

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                                    • Add an quick select option to reverse the way an arrow is pointing

                                      Very easy if there would be a right click feature which allows you to reverse the walk the arrow is pointing without having to drag the connectors to other places which sometimes changes the layout of the line completely.

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                                      • Please provide animation for the process flow diagrams

                                        Please provide animation functionality to present Flow diagrams. Very useful to convey the Flow logic in large diagrams

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                                        • automatically create diagrams from excel data

                                          Automatically create flowcharts and cross functional flowcharts from Excel Data. As a user I should be able to import my Excel data and create the diagram, refresh the diagram so it reflects changes in data.

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