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  1. Microsoft Visio 2016 and if..else..then box does not fit the Activity Diagram as I want it to be

    In Visio when I choose Activity Diagram (Sent and received Messaging system among) and place if...else..then box, that box doesn't fit the activity diagram as I wanted it to be. So I have to condense all the actors and messages closer or smaller to fit the if..else..then. And it's kind of tedious and a hassle if you have lots of actors and messages at the top. Am I missing something or is this a bug? Last semester I was in Software Design Pattern and Unified Modelling Language course and all the students in my class had this same problem. My…

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    • generate code from Visio class diagrams

      Restore the code generation from UML diagrams and UML creation from code. I'm stunned to find this removed from the latest versions. UML and class diagrams in Visio were good and now are useless. I'm uninstalling Visio to save my company the 200 dollars because, without this feature, Visio is not worth 200 dollars in a development environment.

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      • Access reverse engineering

        As others, I signed the online Visio to draw several ERD from several Access databases; I already have an LucidChart account, but they do not have a reverse engineering for mdb/accdb files.
        So, I tryed the ODBC driver, selected the Access driver mdb/accdb, selected tables and... nothing.
        Error in all tables: Error! Cannot extract column definition for the table/view 'Eventos'. The definition is not available or you may not have sufficient privileges. Please check with your database administrator.
        The accdb is not protected...

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        • Add "Table Report" on database property back to Visio 2016

          Hi following this article online and found that it would be very much helpful if we have this functionality in the Visio version of 2016.

          _http://www.leerichardson.com/2007/05/export-visio-database-table-names-to.html

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          • Add support for more databases in reverse engineering

            Add visio drivers to support more databases in the reverse engineer addin (interested in SAP HANA)

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            • Visio 2013 backwards compatibility failure.

              I am a solutions architecture consultant and have been using Microsoft Visio Premium 2010 since it first came out. In 2013, I recommended to a client of mine to install Microsoft Visio Premium. They installed 2013. I was mortified to find that the advanced support for UML and database modeling was missing. I told my client that they must have installed standard by accident. Because Microsoft would never lose backwards compatibility. I was wrong. They had installed Professional. The feature were discontinued without warning. A Microsoft product that is not backwards compatible. The master class list is critical to creating…

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              • Improve object selection/ add filtering capabilities in the database reverse engineer addin

                Add filtering capabilities based on names (including wildcards), type, schema, ... when selecting the tables to import. Scrolling and clicking individually doesn't work great when dealing with several hundreds / thousands tables/views in the list.

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                • Reverse engineering on database

                  If it cannot even return the current relationships among the tables, how it could be named as reverse engineering for databases?

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                  • could you please add fire alarm symbols UKlike smart draw software.

                    lot of electricians use Vision 2016 for designing fire alarm panel.
                    there should special section for this like smartdraw software company,

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                    • Exporting to SQL Server from visio

                      Why would you remove the ability to push the design from Visio to SQL Server? I can find tons of free software to create a DB diagram. The one thing I liked about Visio is that I was able to design the DB and then create the database/tables based on the design directly.

                      I was going to buy Visio 2016, but this reduction has changed my mind completely. I shall keep using the free software to create designs until this functionality is returned to Visio.

                      Have a good day

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                      • IDEF 1X for database design

                        After bringing back the reverse engineering capability with a smarter look than the current template let us switch between crow-foot/Chen and IDEF 1X notation in the template for reverse engineering.

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                        • bring back the Re-Layout capability for Crow's foot database notation

                          The Re-Layout option used to move the entities in a crow's foot database notation template into the shape/sequence selected. This function no longer works with Visio 2013 or 2016. It only alters the positions of the connectors instead of the entities, even if you group the drawing.

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                          • Build a scheduling board for manufacturing

                            Hello I am a weld department supervisor for a weld shop of 120+ employees. I have searched and searched for scheduling software that is easy to use and can be rearranged on the fly. My line of work is next to impossible to schedule. Reason being I have people, parts, fixtures, booths, and averages to deal with. Sounds pretty complex right? It gets worse! After everything is well thought out...something will Granade it!! Such as a call in, machine or equipment failure, physical limitation from someone getting put on light duty, and so on. I played around longer than I…

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                            • Стандартный набор значков

                              Для отображения данных в фигурах можно использовать помимо цвета и текста, стандартный набор значков, а почему бы не сделать возможным добавлять свои значки для отображения внешних данных.

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                              • Have an objects repository

                                It would be good to have an objects repository and link objects to shapes so same entities would be able to represent in different views

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