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  1. Create a native Mac OS X version

    Create a native Mac OS X version

    51 votes
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  2. 8 votes
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  3. Big performance problem since Windows 10 (1803)

    Since Update 1803 of Windows 10 there is a big performance hit in Visio. The access to the Visio API is much slower than with older Windows versions. It can be easily reproduced using a small macro which reads/writes user cells of a shape several times (e.g. 1000 times in a loop).

    We tried several versions of Visio It seems to be a problem of the Windows update.

    We use the Visio API extensively and have big problems now. Can you help me?

    2 votes
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  4. 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.

    3 votes
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  5. Make Hyperlink selection more user-friendly

    When creating Hyperlinks within a Visio document, the Sub-address selection dialog is horribly unusable.
    Specifically, the Page dropdown shows only five pages, meaning that its scrollbar handle is over 50% of the height of the scrollbar itself once up/down buttons are accounted for. As such, the handle is utterly useless. (Especially when there are dozens of pages in the document.) Please make this dropdown taller, so that selecting the appropriate page is not such a chore.

    2 votes
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  6. Provide a way of automating (VBA?) provision of parameters for Data Visualization wizard. .

    I use Data Visualizer to produce 186 no. flowcharts of ETL SSIS package process chains from dependency configuration info (which changes from time to time).. The flowchart parameters are identical apart from the data source. it's very time-consuming having to do it manually.

    1 vote
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  7. Single Document Interface

    I'm surprised that in 2019 Visio still has a Multiple-Document Interface. Could we please move to a Single-Document Interface? The MDI is confusing and frustrating. It would be so much more productive to be able to arrange multiple Visio instances as you like without being constrained to a single instance approach and to be able to see them on the Taskbar.

    2 votes
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  8. Add Task Relationship Types in the GANTT Chart Template

    Currently the template only allows for Finish-Start relationships between tasks. In reality, there are 3 other link types that are not available in Visio (Start-Finish, Start-Start, Finish-Finish). While Finish-Start links are the most common, the absence of the other link types really limits the functionality of the Visio GANTT Template.

    1 vote
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  9. (Reinstate) PDF Layer Support

    Earlier versions of Visio exported layer information to PDF which was extremely useful (and encouraged the use of Visio as a preferred drawing tool)
    PDFs could then be distributed with the option to switch on and off the layers of information but this feature no longer works. Files can still be Saved/Exported as PDF but all layer information is discarded as if it was printed to PDF instead.

    Was there a reason that PDF layer support was dropped?

    7 votes
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  10. SQL Server reverse-engineer option to include schema in object name

    When reverse-engineering SQL Server databases it would be nice to have the option to include schema in object name. Visio considers the schema name to be the "owner", but schema is not often the owner anymore.

    2 votes
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  11. 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.

    1 vote
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  12. 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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  13. Ability to change use or change or create custom report templates

    If you generate a report to HTML or Excel you are stuck with a default format. It would be good to be able to create and use a custom template.

    1 vote
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  14. Expand existing capabilities for copying Excel ranges into Visio

    ISSUE: When a user copies and pastes a range of cells from Excel into Visio, the current options are:
    (1) paste the text contents (with or without text formatting) into a single, unformatted text box, which requires additional work by the user to format the text into a series of Visio shapes resembling a table;
    (2) paste special as a bitmap, which significantly increases the Visio file size AND does not allow the user to edit the contents afterwards;
    (3) paste special as an Excel worksheet object, which inhibits the user's ability to share the Visio drawing with others (since…

    1 vote
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  15. PKI Signature on a Visio Drawing - not signing the Macro

    I am requesting the ability to display a PKI digital signature on the drawing (i.e a signature line), so that when I print the drawing, or send the drawing for a second concurrence, the digital signature is displayed. We use Visio to create packages which have multiple drawings, each which require two signatures. We could convert these drawings to PDF to digitally sign, but that requires us to save the file each time. this process takes too long, so we print and sign the documents. We would like to go paperless, but cannot if this process is required. The stencil…

    1 vote
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  16. What other stencils than BPMN do you want to use to export to Microsoft Flow from Visio?

    Currently, you can only export BPMN diagrams to Microsoft Flow from Visio. What other stencils would you want to use to export to Microsoft Flow from visio?

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  17. renaming a page

    When I rename a page Visio move the diagram in the left bottom corner of the page. This is a very annoying "feature".

    1 vote
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  18. 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.

    13 votes
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  19. 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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  20. Add cosine wave in the waveform generator

    The current waveform generator available in the shapes allows us to draw one period of a sine wave.
    Sometimes, we want to create graphs with sine waves, but maybe a cosine, and maybe not one entire period. Currently, to do so, we have to use the current shape and hide the parts not wanted with white rectangles... This is a bit annoying and not very clean.

    It would be nice to be able to have as a shape :
    - a cosine over one period
    - a cosine/sine over half a period
    - a cosine/sine over a quarter a period

    3 votes
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