Visio on Desktop

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  1. 4 votes
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    • 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 →
      • Password Protection for Drawing

        #1
        Capability to set the password to open a drawing as read only or read/write.

        #2
        Each shapesheet should be protected separately.
        Shapesheets created by ISV will be protected while others will be shown to/customized by users.

        7 votes
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        • Pre Processing Phase for Visio Web Access for Visio COM Addins

          It would be great to have a chance to manipulate the shapes before they are displayed. Premier use case is to update the title to a user specific language. This might have been possible with the Silverlight solution in 2010 but it is impossible now.

          3 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 →
            • Restore "Center Drawing" to the ribbon.

              Only old Visioites will remember that there was a Center Drawing button and go looking for it. Can it be restored to the ribbon so it is more discoverable? Possibly in the Layout group.

              1 vote
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              • (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

                11 votes
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                • Replacement of full featured static HTML/VML Export by HTML5

                  Currently HTML works only in IE8 mode. You can not run it easily in a SP2013 webpart

                  10 votes
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                  • Visio core edition.

                    This edition has core functions only!
                    This mean is ISV edition of Visio.

                    8 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Multi-language mastershapes

                      Same NameU but multiple names for multiple languages. As a feature AND in all your stencils. Think of "CFF-Container" and friends.

                      8 votes
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                      • Visio Live with an extension strategy (FlowChart and BPMN is mostly needed)

                        We are very often in highly competitve situations, when people are asking for modelling on the web / Zero installation solutions. We do not need full fledge Visio. How about generating a modeller from a fixed stencil? No acces of ShapeSheets allowed.

                        9 votes
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                        • Discovery network.

                          Visio 2000 enterprise had this function.

                          7 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Multiple reporting lines

                            Allow the user to maintain multiple reporting lines rather than a single reports to individual.

                            7 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Org Chart  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • legend resize

                              I would like to point that it would be interesting to be able to resize a legend in height. We can only resize it in width for now.

                              3 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  UI and look & feel  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Getting outline data from mono crome image

                                Adobe illustralor has this function.
                                It is convenient for creating shape.

                                5 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Support Unit of Geo loaction

                                  I want to use latitude & longnitude on Visio.
                                  And I want to use Bing maps in Visio.
                                  Because Map point is not released in Japan.

                                  5 votes
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                                  • Support for language translations

                                    Currently if a user wants to translate a Visio drawing into another language, they have to export to xml and figure out which words/phrases need to be translated. A means to export text to an xlf file for a translator to work on and a means for importing the results.

                                    4 votes
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                                    • Follow the user's order when placing people in an orgchart rather than randomly.

                                      Currently the orgchart places people at random locations. Use the order that the user has in their original data source

                                      3 votes
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                                      • Enable 3rd party COM Addins in the SharePoint Designer Visio OCX

                                        additionally please consider to enable all SP designer dialogs within Visio. There should be no reason to import the worklow in SP Designer. Simply use Visio for Workflows.

                                        2 votes
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                                        • Convert font data to outline

                                          Adobe illustralor has this function.
                                          It is very convenient.

                                          2 votes
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