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  1. Fix issue with opening links from diagram shapes (Ctrl key/function issue)

    Lately, every shape you hover over triggers a pop-up message “Ctrl + Click to follow link”, even though there is not a link associated to a shape.

    In the past, when you hovered over a shape, there would be no pop out unless there were actually hyperlinks. You would just need to click on a shape to open a hyperlink (if there was one). Now, in addition to the constant pop-up stated above, users need to click Ctrl to open a link.

    We have seen this situation appear and then disappear, which is confusing to end users and an ongoing…

    2 votes
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  2. Essay

    I think that a thesis roadmap and essay design would be a great and much-needed addition to the templates for diagrams.

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  3. Add Decision Model and Notation (DMN)

    The following is taken from https://www.omg.org/dmn/

    DMN is a modeling language and notation for the precise specification of business decisions and business rules. DMN is easily readable by the different types of people involved in decision management. These include: business people who specify the rules and monitor their application; business analysts.

    DMN is designed to work alongside BPMN and/or CMMN, providing a mechanism to model the decision-making associated with processes and cases. While BPMN, CMMN and DMN can be used independently, they were carefully designed to be complementary. Indeed, many organizations require a combination of process models for their prescriptive…

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  4. Populate flowcharts based on pictures

    I create a lot of process/business workflows with butcher paper & sticky notes. It would be great if I could take a picture of what I was working on & upload it into Visio. Then, all I would have to do is check to make sure everything was correct (and edit, if needed).

    12 votes
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  5. Add data visualizer templates for Access Database

    It would be great to generate flowcharts automatically from Access database like it is done with Excel.

    4 votes
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  6. Connectors between Containers

    I cannot make a connector in Visio/Excel that maps between data containers/tables. I suppose this probably makes sense, but it would be sweet either way. I have ensured all the Step IDs are unique, so it would be nice if I could draw connections between different containers on visio and have the links appear in the Excel while using data visualizer.

    Background: I am trying to have one visio diagram that has multiple containers, each container is linked to its own table in excel.

    4 votes
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  7. Refreshing diagrams

    When I refresh my visio diagram from Excel, all the shapes are reorganized around the page. So I go through a process of putting them in the right space, then when I add a diagram from Excel, it undoes all that work and re-organizes them how it sees fit.

    Background: I am trying to have one visio diagram that has multiple containers, each container is linked to its own table in excel.

    4 votes
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  8. 2 votes
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  9. 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.

    49 votes
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  10. Option to render diagram to a specified size with Data Visualizer

    For the Flowchart Data Visualizers, please provide the option to create diagram of a specified size, e.g. fit to 1 letter size page, size to 7" x 10", etc., and render accordingly. When I am manually resizing, I end up with lots of white space unless I move around the individual diagram components manually, which defeats the point of using the visualizer tool.

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  11. 2 votes
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  12. Automatically remove large area to the left of leftmost node of cross functional flowchart.when that

    Data Visualizer is great! But with a horiz swimlane cross-functional flowchart, when linked data is specified as preceeding ids, I always get a large unused area to the left of the leftmost node (around 30% of drawing width). This requires manually changing the document layout, shrinking paper size etc. It may be a bug but it should be fixed soon as it reduces productivity gains from using Data Visualiser.

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  13. Document ETL processes..with tables/files as nodes and connectors as SSIS pkgs. Source info is in config. tables that control exe'n sequence

    Help to document ETL processes..with tables/files as nodes and SSIS pkgs as connectors. Raw source info is typically is in 3 no. config. tables that control exe'n sequence (item, package, dependency). Such a flowchart could also be used for PERT/CPA diagrams.

    1 vote
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  14. walkthrough

    Often after designing a process flow, I have to "walk through" what has been documented, to ensure there are no "dead ends", or lines not correctly joined, not described after a decision, or just to make sure the process actually makes sense; and I currently do this by zooming in, and manually tracing through the process (or printing it out and studying the process). A really useful feature would be a way to "simulate" the process, defining where it starts, then following it all the way through, one decision branch at a time (once that branch has been completed, going…

    2 votes
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  15. 1 vote
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  16. 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.

    2 votes
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  17. 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/hierarchicallayout#hierarchicallayout-automaticedgegrouping

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  18. 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.

    3 votes
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  19. 8 votes
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  20. 30 votes
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