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  1. 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.

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  2. 1 vote
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  3. 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.

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  4. 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.

    16 votes
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  5. 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.

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  6. 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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  7. 1 vote
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  8. Timeline in Business Days

    Most of us are using Visio for business purposes, weekends are irrelevant in a timeline. Please allow a timeline to only show business days.

    2 votes
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  9. 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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  10. 7 votes
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  11. 19 votes
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  12. Can I present my Visio flowchart one block at a time - such as powerpoint does with addign animations?

    Presenting flowcharts to others one block at a time would allow the team to focus on each block.

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  13. Please provide animation for the process flow diagrams

    Please provide animation functionality to present Flow diagrams. Very useful to convey the Flow logic in large diagrams

    8 votes
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  14. automatically create diagrams from excel data

    Automatically create flowcharts and cross functional flowcharts from Excel Data. As a user I should be able to import my Excel data and create the diagram, refresh the diagram so it reflects changes in data.

    6 votes
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  15. Use Visio to create auto-Timelines

    For trials we sometimes have to convey a timeline of circumstances in an easy-to-understand way to the Jury. A friendly, non imposing timeline would be very helpful and understandable. As I add events (not always a DATE!) I'd want it to space it either automatically or in the proportion of time I dictate. This would be good for school children learning history, people reading the Bible, even for Cooks writing how to time a dinner party. Please do it!

    5 votes
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  16. Default Date Format for Timeline

    The default date for a timeline shows the month date and year. For a flow that is only 1 year long having the year listed on every milestone just looks like clutter. I should be able to set a default date format that would apply to all milestones added to my timeline.

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  17. Data Flow Diagrams - Gane-Sarason Shapes, change the default Font Colour for Data Store from white to black

    Data Flow Diagrams - Gane-Sarason Shapes, change the default Font Colour for Data Store shape from white to black

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  18. New feature to create diagram from picture

    Microsoft just annouce a new feature on Excel. You can take a picture of a data table and turn it into a spreadsheet.

    It could be a huge time savior if I could take a picture of a hand draw diagram and turn it into Visio diagram.

    1 vote
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  19. Invert the default coloring scheme of white lettering on dark fields

    Invert the default coloring scheme of white lettering on dark fields to dark lettering on white fields.
    Three reasons:
    --Printing in the default color scheme needlessly uses ink, energy and natural resources.
    --Printing in dark lettering/white fields is easier to read.
    --Photocopying documents printed in the default color scheme does not work well, especially when printed B/W.

    2 votes
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  20. Fix the bug where "Re-Layout" doesn't work when you are working with a data container

    When you import in a cross functional flowchart using excel and the templates visio provides, the Re-Layout doesn't work. It just makes a terrible layout with the start button in the middle of the swim lane. It's the container that's blocking this. If i disband the container, and do a re-layout (left to right) it will make it look like a really nice professional flowchart. But when i do that, it breaks the link to the data.

    Visio advertises the excel & visio integration feature, but it not even usable

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