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  1. 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).

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  2. 1 vote
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  3. 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.

    5 votes
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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.

    27 votes
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  5. 1 vote
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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 1 vote
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  10. 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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  11. 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/hierarchicallayout#hierarchicallayout-automaticedgegrouping

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  12. 8 votes
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  13. 21 votes
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  14. 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.

    4 votes
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  15. 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

    9 votes
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  16. Add an quick select option to reverse the way an arrow is pointing

    Very easy if there would be a right click feature which allows you to reverse the walk the arrow is pointing without having to drag the connectors to other places which sometimes changes the layout of the line completely.

    2 votes
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  17. 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.

    7 votes
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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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