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  1. Drawing Explorer shortcut key

    Not very exciting I know, but I think Ctrl+E is available

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    • Allow in file image resources

      Allow a file package to contain referenced and unreferenced images that could be swapped dynamically. Using Shape.ChangePicture (and a ShapeSheet function of course) the currently unused ChangePictureFlag parameter could support ‘local’ in-package images as a source:

      • VisChangePictureFlags.visChangePictureSearchFileSystem
      • VisChangePictureFlags.visChangePictureSearchPackage

      Under this scenario, the first would be the default, as per existing functionality, and the second would enable an existing image (in the ‘media’ folder within the file package) to be referenced by name.

      This would allow a ShapeSheet function to toggle through a range of images with no code.

      From a UI perspective, this implies the addition of an…

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      • Document level theme filtering

        Allow a document cell to filter the available themes in the ribbon theme gallery.

        Some themes are not suitable for a particular solution. For example, you might want to prevent the user from applying some of the hand drawn themes such as 'Pen' and 'Pencil' to a completed process diagram or electrical layout.

        Equally, where a solution's color logic relies on, say, Accent 2 being lighter than Accent 4, it would be great to be able to filter the available themes to just those that conform to that rule.

        If the Document ShapeSheet carried, either a specific cell or some…

        2 votes
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        • templates and tools for BigData analytics

          I'm into BigData analytics.
          It would be nice to have some tools organized in a template, to analyse and diagram linked entities beyond the organizational structure or the website map in my favorite application: Visio!

          3 votes
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          • apps for Office

            We need support for apps for Office just like in the other apps

            7 votes
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            • Provide column and row filtering for SharePoint Lists using Data Selector, just like Excel

              The Data Selector for Excel and Access allows for row filtering and column selection. This should be allowed for SharePoint Lists too.

              3 votes
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              • Provide shape connections and containment from External Data recordsets

                Currently linked data refreshes Shape Data only. Would like to have connections between shapes, position in lists, and placement in containers too

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                • Locked Layers in Visio Services

                  Do not allow selections of shapes on Locked Layers in Visio Services.

                  Seems inconsistent that in Visio you have the ability to prevent the selection of shapes that are on a Locked layer, but this behaviour is not carried through into Visio Services.

                  There are shapes that we lock in Visio from selection for a reason - would be good to have the same in the browser.

                  5 votes
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                  • Find/Replace image across multiple diagrams

                    Ability to find/replace a given image with a different one, across a whole set of diagrams. e.g., When a company changes its logo we need a way to provide an update to all diagrams.

                    4 votes
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                    • Select shapes by master

                      It's possible to select shapes by type (e.g., guide, connectors) and by layer, but it would be very helpful to be able to select shapes by Master in a similar way. In conjunction with Shape Replace, it would be a quick means of replacing shapes in bulk.

                      5 votes
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                      • Bulk change shapes based on Shape Data

                        Change all shapes on a diagram in bulk based on shape data. e.g., when rationalising a large set of diagrams, an analyst could tag a list and update the diagram.

                        4 votes
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                        • Offer full Mobile support for Visio Services

                          Currently mobile rendering is not suited for mobile resolution screens. Allows consumers to have a better viewing experience of diagrams on their mobile devices without having to view in desktop mode.

                          3 votes
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                          • Polymorphic shapes

                            Ability to have the same item change between different representations based on specific Visio shape data.

                            2 votes
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                            • 2 votes
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                              • Programatically plot points on Connectors

                                It is not possible to programmatically route a connector through a specified path as the Geometry section essentially becomes read only for 1D objects.

                                2 votes
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                                • Allow Ink and Reviewer pages in Visio Services

                                  There is no support for "Ink, Reviewer pages, Macro, OLE or other objects in Visio Services".  Macro and OLE are understood because of security implications, but Ink and Reviewer pages would be very useful to allow further reviewing comments and other perspectives within the browser.

                                  1 vote
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                                  • Collapse/Expand Container Shapes

                                    It would be great be able to collapse (or minimize) a container. It should be possible to expand it afterwards and get all the contained shapes back again with the same size and position. Connectors to contained sub shapes should point to the minimized containers.
                                    Other BPMN 2.0 tools provide this function but it has some values in general

                                    16 votes
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                                    • Bring back the configuration submenu for positioning the infomation inside the Orgchart Shapes

                                      The new Orgchart has no longer the config menu for positioning the Shape data - so the idea is to use the data graphics to Show it as text - but using the data graphics text you are not able to get the same design - it`s a problem to bring them aligned to the box - the previous menu was much easier to use - another point is to get a simple - call it boring - non design, just a box, version of an OrgChart box back again

                                      2 votes
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                                      • 4 votes
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                                        • 4 votes
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