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  1. Be able to classify, label and protect Visio diagrams with Microsoft Information Protection sensitivity labels

    Word, PowerPoint, Excel and several third party applications support MIP labels to flag the sensitivity and confidentiality of a document, apply protection and enforce display of content markings.
    Visio diagrams include just as much sensitive information as these other document formats, and users should be able to label them in the same way with a consistent user experience. Visio already supports the older RMS protection capabilities, but labels would offer a much better and more complete user experience.

    17 votes
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  2. Data refresh with coauthoring

    I would like to see a feature where when you are co-authoring documents that have an excel data source, anyone can refresh the data. At the moment, this is not possible.

    18 votes
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  3. Please add autosave to Visio!!!

    Visio is an O365 subscription as is my OneDrive (docs and desktop are backed up and syncing). Please, for the love of God, enable the autosave of drawings to OneDrive. Why wouldn't this be the functionality to match the rest of the office apps already?

    2 votes
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  4. Provide the Crime Scene Investigation template in Japanese

    The Crime Scene Investigation template for Visio is currently available in the US. It would be great if the template would be available in Japanese

    2 votes
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  5. Allow a user to set more default options such as connector thickness, color, and fonts + ability to select all "like" objects to format.

    Allow a user to set more default options such as connector thickness, color, and fonts. Plus the ability to select all "like" objects for formatting purposes. Formatting seems to be one of the biggest bottlenecks and time wasters.

    2 votes
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  6. data visualizer

    Be able to provide HEADING and TITLE variable in data visualizer wizard.

    5 votes
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  7. Support multidimensional drawings

    I frequently use Visio to create architecture diagrams for computer systems. These diagrams often have multiple levels to them and it would be helpful for Visio to represent these. For example, I'll often use a cloud shape to represent Azure or AWS and then I put shapes within it to represent services they're running. The problem is that this often leads to a busy drawing that's difficult to consume.

    It would be helpful to be able to zoom in to the cloud shape and place the shapes for services within it, similar to how one can zoom in and out…

    1 vote
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  8. layers

    can you copy a layer from an existing one? selecting multiple items with different layers to then apply an additional layer ends up pushing all of those objects to the common layerset = pain. If you could copy an existing layer objectset then the number of subsequent edits are drastically reduced.

    3 votes
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  9. layers

    It would be really good if the Layers dialogue box was independent from the drawing i.e. you can flip through layers AND THEN EDIT THE DRAWING with the layers box still open. Locking the diagram whilst the layers box is open is a pain!

    3 votes
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  10. Add wavy/sine lines/shapes

    Add options for wavy/sine lines, either through line/arc tool or through shapes. Ideally, the line should be customizable both with "height" of the sine and "number" of wave. For the with, it should give the option to specify fixed number or fixed sine width when changing the line length

    1 vote
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  11. Add support for tables

    Tables would be great for adding in lots of configuration data of resources to tidy up a mixed HLD LLD architecture diagram

    1 vote
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  12. 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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  13. Diode bridge in Visio

    There should be an electircal element called diode bridge. This element is used a lot in electrical circuts and it's composed of four diodes.

    1 vote
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  14. Add scrollbars or make all dialogs resizable

    Make all dialogs resizable. Some dialogs, for example "modelling preferences", don't show all the content on hi-res displays nor showing scrollbars. I'm completely unable to access them unless I set screen scaling to 100% and make things so small I can't read anything... This makes the software useless for now. :/

    1 vote
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  15. Offer Microsoft PowerPoint format as Export option

    Users are frequently torn between making diagrams in PowerPoint vs. Visio, because Visio is much more powerful, but end users can't edit them once the image is transferred to PPT. It would be extremely useful to be able to make a diagram in Visio and export it as an editable PPT/PPTX file.

    3 votes
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  16. Create 3D rendered view of a 2D floor plan

    It is very useful that Visio can create 2D floor plans, import CAD drawings, and link Excel data to shapes.

    However, a greater functionality would be including a view window (or separate windows with URL for posting in SharePoint site) showing the 3D rendered model of the 2D floor plan.

    Here is an example from another software company.
    https://samposoftware.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/image008.png

    2 votes
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  17. pdf export checkout

    VISIO + SHP: Would be great if the Export to PDF function would be available without checkout, as it is in all other Office applications.

    2 votes
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  18. Unify precision shape/object movement keyboard shortcuts between PowerPoint & Visio

    PowerPoint & Visio folks, Could you work together to unify the key presses for precision movements for shapes? In PowerPoint it is Ctrl+right/left arrows whereas in Visio it is Shift+right/left arrows.

    My preference would be for Visio to update with Ctrl+...

    1 vote
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  19. Allow zoom in shapes pane

    On high res monitors the shapes are very small. Either use DPI settings or let users zoom the shapes pane.

    1 vote
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  20. pdf to vision

    It will be very helpful for us if we have an option to convert PDF format to visio format.

    1 vote
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