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  1. 75 votes
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      17 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Offer Visio 365 as a non-commercial add-on to Office 365 Home and Personal

      Offer Visio 365 as a non-commercial add-on to Office 365 Home and Personal. Many non-commercial users will enjoy using Visio for school projects, home business presentations, and personal planning.

      34 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Visio Services  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Enhanced Color Picking

        Visio should make it easier for me to pick colors. There are two parts to my suggestion.

        #1 - Be consistent with PowerPoint and offer the Eyedropper tool for fill/border/text colors

        #2 - Additionally to match specific colors (for example when looking at a branding guidelines document) allow users some way to directly enter a string/webcolor ( For example "#ff0000" ). The Colors dialog (The Custom tab specifically) is not very friendly for this task because people often transform the color as a 6digit color string - requiring the user to do two things: #1 convert find a tool to…

        26 votes
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          2 comments  ·  UI and look & feel  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Online store support for Visio shapes, templates, add-ons, add-ins

          I was surprised to not see this in the list as every MVP conference I have been to this has been a topic of discussion. Whether for monetization or not, Visio users need a central location to find content for Visio. This includes shapes, stencils, templates, sample diagrams, shared community diagrams, add-ons, add-ins, etc. I would link this with the Apps for Office model but the framework that would support this feature and the framework that would support the Apps for Office feature are probably to different.

          25 votes
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            3 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            started  ·  Sandeep S responded

            Now we have 3rd party partner templates and sample diagram show up in the backstage via template store. We’ve also added a brand new Education category for creating content relevant to schools or for gamifying education. We are working on Visio add-on catalog and a Shape search / discovery / download for the partner content ecosystem.

          • Make Visio part of Office suite

            Please make Visio part of every Office suite as it is one of the 4 most essential programs (Word for writing, Excel for calculating, PowerPoint for presenting and Visio for drawing).

            21 votes
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              4 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Resolve the problem with "ms-visio nft" (New From Template)

              “Using the Visio ms-visio:nft function does not set the Save As location.

              For example, when using...

              ms-visio:nft|u|https://[path]/Test.vstx|s|https://[path]

              This should create a new Visio drawing based on the template given, and set the default save location to that specified with the 's' command.

              What happens though is the Visio file is created, but the default save location is NOT set which is a major problem for our integration.

              This doesn't work for any Visio template. We can reproduce on any version of Visio and with local and http file locations.

              There is no error reported.

              Note: the same function DOES…

              20 votes
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                1 comment  ·  Extensibility & API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Modeling Azure ARM Template in Visio - Visualize, Generate or reverse engineer Azure ARM templates

                Within IoC (Infrastructure as a Code) and Software defined Data Center concept Azure offers ability to model or define Resource Group model as a JSON template. However, Visio is one of the most common tools to design and Visualize Infrastructure. It would be natural to use Visio to model Azure Resource Group and generate ARM template, or reverse existing Resource group to the visualized model. Look at http://armtviz.io/ as an example. Also, Visio already has Azure templates and shapes ad work should be focusing on understanding ARM semantics and implement JSON serialization

                19 votes
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                  3 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Bundle Visio Pro in Business and Enterprise Office 365 Bundles (such as E3)

                  The only way to get Visio Pro for Office 365 is to add on a single license that costs more than the entire Office suite combined. I'd suggest bundling Visio in the ProPlus and E3 (and higher) Office 365 bundles. Visio used to be a pretty standard software application for businesses. Don't treat it as if it's not part of the same suite, at least not for the larger bundles.

                  18 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Allow separate windows for the same source document

                    For multi-monitor setups allowing child windows to be separated from the single host app window would be extremely useful, as per Excel: https://blogs.office.com/en-us/2013/02/07/open-excel-workbooks-in-separate-windows-and-view-them-side-by-side/, or, ideally, using Visual Studio's tear off windows, out of the main app into some spare screen space.

                    Although you can stretch the app window across multiple monitors the break between two monitors never sits in the right place (ie the break between two child windows) and so you end up using a single monitor.

                    In Visio, it's common to have multiple ShapeSheet windows open at once, either displaying master and instance, or one for each…

                    17 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  UI and look & feel  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Fix the text spacing (kerning) issues that have returned in Visio 2016

                      It appears that the letter spacing (kerning) issue that was common in Visio 2013 and then fixed in Visio 2016 has returned in Visio 2016, Version 1703, Build 7967.2139. This is an annoyance to many and a major problem for those of us using Visio to create figures and diagrams for technical publications.

                      17 votes
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                        4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • BPMN 2.0 Import/Export

                        Ability to serialise/deserialise a BPMN 2.0 Process diagram as BPMN 2.0 XML.

                        17 votes
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                          2 comments  ·  Extensibility & API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Collapse/Expand Container Shapes

                          It would be great be able to collapse (or minimize) a container. It should be possible to expand it afterwards and get all the contained shapes back again with the same size and position. Connectors to contained sub shapes should point to the minimized containers.
                          Other BPMN 2.0 tools provide this function but it has some values in general

                          16 votes
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                          • Enable the user to change the default font

                            There is currently no way to change the default font from Calibri. This can result in style inconsistencies with Visio drawings created with earlier versions that had Ariel as the default. In addition, we have found print issues with Calibri and Adobe Acrobat through a print server. This may be a rare occurrence but it's an example of why the default font should be defined by the user.

                            16 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Create a native Mac OS X version

                              Create a native Mac OS X version

                              14 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  UI and look & feel  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Fix the way text is selected. I want to start the selection where I click not where my cursor is.

                                Currently the text selection starts at my cursor location and ends where I click highlighting everything in between. This is the ONLY product that has this behavior. Make it so my selection starts where I click and hold down my left mouse and ends where I move to and release left mouse.

                                14 votes
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                                  8 comments  ·  UI and look & feel  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add Data Visualizer to Visio 2016

                                  Is there a plan to add Data Visualizer to Visio 2016 too? Right now it looks like it is only available for Visio Pro for Office 365. Thanks!

                                  14 votes
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                                    7 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                      0 comments  ·  Flowcharts  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Allow shapes to be copied from PowerPoint into Visio

                                      Please allow shapes to be copied from PowerPoint and pasted into Visio without converting them to a bunch of disconnected shapes.

                                      13 votes
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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…

                                        12 votes
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                                          2 comments  ·  Sharepoint Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • (Visual) Diff/Merge of Visio Documents

                                          Compare two versions of a document in SharePoint and get a hint what is changed. Visual for end users and as a XML report for developers. Fire all events while merging so that 3rd party tools get a chance to follow up

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