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  1. IDEF 1X for database design

    After bringing back the reverse engineering capability with a smarter look than the current template let us switch between crow-foot/Chen and IDEF 1X notation in the template for reverse engineering.

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  2. Connect to Power BI's "Analyze in Excel" .odc connection

    It would be fantastic if we could use Power BI's "Analyze in Excel" .odc connection.

    2 votes
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  3. Allow shapes to be copied from Visio into Powerpoint

    This way, visuals can be edited across Visio/Powerpoint if necessary.

    2 votes
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  4. Visio Express

    After all these years of seeing express version of the highly prized visual studio apps, why don't we have a Visio Express offering yet? Visio being more expensive than even office, makes it out of reach for a lot of people.

    6 votes
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  5. Allow the disabling of anti-aliasing on imported images

    There should be some simple way to disable anti-aliasing of pasted-in or imported images, either in the Advanced Options settings for the program, or in the Format > Compress Picture settings for individual images.

    My job requires me to trace many images of objects in Visio, which can often be very complex. Visio seems to "smooth" (anti-alias) any imported images, which, for some reason, completely eats up performance, making every small action take a long time to compute. The amount of this performance decrease depends on the the image, as well as the zoom level, often getting progressively worse as…

    1 vote
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  6. Update Link feature to add/remove employees

    The link feature works great for updating employees names and titles, but it would be great if it could automatically add/remove employees removed from the data source, and move under a different manager if they change positions. Currently I have to run a new org chart every time i make a change, because when I manually add an employee they will not link to the data sheet.

    2 votes
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  7. 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.

    1 vote
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  8. Incorporate "Dragon NaturallySpeaking Nuance" for mapping and facilitating in real-time.

    Allow user customization for how you conduct the session, e.g. "Process, text . . ., decision, text" etc.

    3 votes
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  9. bring back the Re-Layout capability for Crow's foot database notation

    The Re-Layout option used to move the entities in a crow's foot database notation template into the shape/sequence selected. This function no longer works with Visio 2013 or 2016. It only alters the positions of the connectors instead of the entities, even if you group the drawing.

    2 votes
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  10. Save "AutoRecover" Information by default

    Have "Save AutoRecover information every ## minutes" turned on by default

    6 votes
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  11. Make Layer Properties window non modal

    Why layer window must be modal? Why it cannot be like in any application for graphis like Gimp or even Expression, where I can maintain in parallel to objects?

    This especially is a problem when I want to lock objects. Option is hard to find and use without layers, and opening this window each time is a clicking nightmare.

    6 votes
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  12. Add a feature that can import other CAD files, particularly GIS files such as ESRI ArcGIS Shapefiles and GeoMedia .mdb files

    Add a feature that can import other CAD files, particularly GIS files such as ESRI ArcGIS Shapefiles and GeoMedia .mdb files

    2 votes
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  13. improve floor plans

    Editing and creating floor plans with Visio is very difficult when compared to AutoCAD or Revit. Would like the ability to

    1. lock walls so they don't move when using "controller dimension" in the Walls, Doors and Windows stencil.
    2. Ability to offset guidelines a distance would also help.
    3. Join walls like you can with shapes, for example interior walls join abutting exterior walls.
    4. set the origin (0,0) on the ruler at a corner of the building

    thanks

    3 votes
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  14. XML or JSON as data sources for SmartDiagrams

    The new SmartDiagrams that was shown in Ignite looks very promising and I was wondering if I can use XML or JSON as data sources for the SmartDiagrams ? I know SQL supports XML fully and JSON almost completely, but can I use those with SmartDiagrams and let it parse it ?

    2 votes
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  15. Page Separator

    When working with multiple pages, the page separator is barely visible.

    1 vote
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  16. Alignment capability extensions

    You can currently align top/middle/bottom, and right/center/left between two shapes. It would be nice to be able to align the right edge of one shape with the left of another, or top with bottom. Heck, how about the full matrix of alignment possibilities?

    5 votes
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  17. Two-D Snap Would Be Nice

    As it stands now, you can snap 1D shapes to other 1D shapes or 2D shapes. You cannot snap 2D shapes to 2D shapes. It would be most helpful if we could place one 2D shape in relationship to the location and dimensions of a prior 2D shape, even if they cannot be glued.

    4 votes
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  18. Allow icons to be manipulated freely within cross-functionional "Swimlanes" without being impacted.

    When there is a significant amount of data with a swim-lane, adding or moving an icon will cause the chart to expand, causing constant rework or "undoing" the change.

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  19. Show/Hide connections and elements when zooming (and context)

    I work in a very large organization and we need to get a lot of systems into one diagram. To prevent clutter I want to set when to show/hide information based on current zoom level. It could work like a property of a connection where one setting is show when zoom > 50%. Then the diagram. It would also be good to "switch context". The diagram is the edited from to different views. Then I could share my conceptual model with the business and hide names of integrations and add pictures which better explain the diagram to them at the…

    2 votes
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  20. Make layouts more personalised

    Currently the pre-set org charts work well for smaller orgs, but for larger organisation you need to be able to automatically create several rows under each manager so that the chart isn't 10 pages long.

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