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  1. Make text in angled text boxes selectable/searchable after saving as PDF

    In Visio 2016, any text box that is completely vertical or horizontal (0°, 90°, 180°, -90°) is selectable and searchable after saving as a PDF however, if the text box is at an angle other than any of the above angles, the text is not selectable or searchable after saving as a PDF.

    This was possible with Visio 2010.

    9 votes
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  2. Create a native Mac OS X version

    Create a native Mac OS X version

    54 votes
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  3. Allow connection to SQL Server 2017 for reverse engineering databases

    Currently, Visio Pro 365 (32 bit and 64 bit) does not allow connections to databases created using SQL Server 2017.

    Please add this capability.

    2 votes
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  4. Add "Save As Picture" to the right-click context menu (same as PowerPoint)

    It would be really convenient to be able to highlight a selection or group, right-click and launch the "Save As Picture" dialog immediately - similar to the same menu item in PowerPoint.

    Quite often, I use Visio to quickly draft together a couple of shapes to use as an element in another application, and this would save 1-2 clicks over File > Save As > Select File format", and make the "Focused select & save" use-case a little bit more pronounced for new Visio users.

    Thanks!
    Brad

    2 votes
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  5. 10 votes
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  6. 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.

    4 votes
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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.

    3 votes
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  8. 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.

    3 votes
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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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.

    3 votes
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  12. (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?

    8 votes
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  13. 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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  14. I suggest you return the reverse engineering tool to all Visio users (not only online versions).

    Return the reverse engineering tool to MS Visio as an add-in for non-Online customers...please.

    1 vote
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  15. Add Measurement Units in Page Properties of Feet and Inches (fractions) and Inches (fractions).

    There are a host of options in Measurement units under Page Setup but not for inches in fractions. Should be a fairly easy fix since Feet-Inch (1'-0") already provides that option in Shape Data. The problem here is that it only applies to one measurement at a time rather than an entire drawing.

    1 vote
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  16. data graphics default

    I would like a way of setting the default data graphics in Visio. So I can turn off and on linked data.

    1 vote
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  17. 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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  18. 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…

    21 votes
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  19. 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.

    14 votes
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  20. 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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