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  1. Provide a way to turn off auto-zoom. I can read it at 85% and want to edit that way to keep the perspective but it forces to 101%. Annoyin

    (1) Option to turn off auto-zoom please. It is very annoying to have it continually adjust the size when editing. I can happily read it at 85%. At the 100% it forces me to edit at, I lose perspective on the next edit.
    (2) Ability to freeze panes to see the swimlane titles always

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    • Need to hide the 'Give Feedback' option

      Right now there is no provision to hide and un-hide controls on the Status Bar. The only option available is Hide the complete toolbar. Can we have a API where we can select which tools we want.

      Requirement : Need to hide the 'Give Feedback' option

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        • Distribute connectors vertically and horizontally

          When you manually insert extra connectors, you have to eyeball it and then don't have an option to distribute them evenly, e.g. I have three lines to come out of a rectangular shape. It only has one connector in the middle. I drop one either side of it, I have no way to space them at quarter points. When I select them all, the distribute options are greyed out.

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            • 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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                0 comments  ·  Flowcharts  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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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                  0 comments  ·  Database &UML  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Please could we have keyboard short cuts send backward and bring forward

                  Additional shortcut for Send Backward and Bring Forward.
                  In addition to the existing shortcuts for sent to back and bring to front , please could we have shortcuts and or mouse wheel control of sending backward or bringing forward as seldom we use back and front but more we are somewhere in the middle of many layers...

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                  • Make Visio open and read hand drawn flowcharts(Picture from whiteboard) and convert them to corresponding shape objects in Visio

                    Flowcharts and processes are many times finalized as a group on big sheets of paper or whiteboards. A photo of this whiteboard or paper charts are then taken and emailed to user for creating the entire chart in Visio. Recommended Idea is to make visio read the photo file and translate the images into shapes best corresponding to the library. (Image recognition based idea)

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                      • Add support for modifying Data Visualizer Excel files

                        Data Visualizer saves is a great time saver for building process maps. Unfortunately, the connection is permanently broken if you change the table name, worksheet, file name or file location. This prevents me from distributing the documents with the functionality intact.

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                          1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • (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?

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                          • Dynamic grid functionality is missing if we open Visio via RDP session (W10 OS + Visio 2013/2016 any version). Reprosteps

                            Dynamic grid functionality is missing if we open Visio via RDP session (W10 OS + Visio 2013/2016 any version). Reprosteps:

                            1.-Take 2 machines and do an RDP session from machine A to machine B (Visio 2013/2016 needs to be installed on machine B)
                            2.-Open Visio 2013/2016 after establishing the RDP session.
                            3.-Make sure that the “Dynamic grid” functionality is not turned off (It should be enabled by default).
                            4.-Try to check if the mentioned funcionaly works by adding more than one shape on any drawing.

                            Actual result: Dynamic grid is not working.
                            Expected result: Dynamic grid should be working.
                            Workaround:…

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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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                              • Visio for Office 365 Home

                                Please add the ability to add Visio to the Office 365 Home subscription service. I use Visio for multiple personal projects and would like to be able to integrate them with other Microsoft products, Word and Powerpoint. Otherwise you will be losing a customer and I will find another alternative. I do not care that much for Google Docs it does allow me to integrate with the Drawing application and it is free.

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                                • Value Stream map excel template

                                  Similar to Basic and Cross functional flow chart, Can you please provide Value stream map excel template, else re-direct me to link where I can add my own custom excel template and how

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                                  • Would be realy usefull to able to scroll sideways like up and down with the mouse

                                    To scroll up or down you rotate the IntelliMouse wheel forward or backward.
                                    What would be nice in Visio and OneNote is to able to scroll any direction by dragging the page using Ctrl key and the mouse lift key.
                                    To be able to move quick on a large diagram without involving horizontal/vertical scroll bar.
                                    That would be great. Some of my drawing consist of 9 A3 pages. you could imagine trying to scroll to find and object./

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                                    • Only download stencils from SharePoint if the drawing is using SharePoint stencils

                                      We have noticed through our use of Visio desktop and SharePoint Online, that when we open a drawing in SharePoint, Visio attempts to download each stencil it uses from the same SharePoint location.

                                      The issue is that these stencils are not held in SharePoint and are in fact on the local computer - the paths to which are recorded inside the drawing.

                                      Yet Visio tries to download them, which adds 1 or 2 seconds wait, per stencil, to do so. Many of our drawings use 6 - 7 stencils, so this total wait time adds a noticeable delay.

                                      Please restrict…

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                                        2 comments  ·  Sharepoint Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Properly identify product in the display name for O365 version of Visio

                                        Visio for Office 365 used to be titled just that, Visio for Office 365, which made it easy for inventory tools to identify it that way. Now someone's decided to rename the O365 version to "Visio Professional 2016, 2019 etc) which happens to be the name of the on-premise perpetual licensed version, which is a different product and licensed completely differently.

                                        Please go back to accurately identifying the product in the display name for the add/remove programs so that clients can track their licenses properly. This is critical for large corporations.

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                                        • Able to choose the grid colors

                                          1) Able to choose the grid color. Shades of gray or other user's color choices.

                                          2) Grid with more shades help to pin point a grid section when working with multiples SCALES such as inches, feet and others scales.

                                          3) In Visio version #1 released in 1992 their was a dynamic green cross that moved in sync with the cursor allowing comparing a pair of two values with the grid.. Need more reasearch about that...

                                          Thanks so much!

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