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  1. Export to SmartArt for use in Office apps

    Export to Office as SmartArt. I try to create digital assets that clients can edit themselves (key reason for using Word rather than InDesign when creating large documents, and PowerPoint rather than Illustrator/Photoshop when creating slide decks and visual tools). While it would be awesome if all my clients had Visio, we know that won't happen. So if I could create org and flow charts in Visio, then convert to SmartArt in Word and PowerPoint, I can add value to my services (creating epic/stellar charts and diagrams) and Microsoft Office apps.

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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.

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  5. 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.

    16 votes
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  6. 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.

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  7. 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.

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Ability to change use or change or create custom report templates

    If you generate a report to HTML or Excel you are stuck with a default format. It would be good to be able to create and use a custom template.

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  11. Expand existing capabilities for copying Excel ranges into Visio

    ISSUE: When a user copies and pastes a range of cells from Excel into Visio, the current options are:
    (1) paste the text contents (with or without text formatting) into a single, unformatted text box, which requires additional work by the user to format the text into a series of Visio shapes resembling a table;
    (2) paste special as a bitmap, which significantly increases the Visio file size AND does not allow the user to edit the contents afterwards;
    (3) paste special as an Excel worksheet object, which inhibits the user's ability to share the Visio drawing with others (since…

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  12. PKI Signature on a Visio Drawing - not signing the Macro

    I am requesting the ability to display a PKI digital signature on the drawing (i.e a signature line), so that when I print the drawing, or send the drawing for a second concurrence, the digital signature is displayed. We use Visio to create packages which have multiple drawings, each which require two signatures. We could convert these drawings to PDF to digitally sign, but that requires us to save the file each time. this process takes too long, so we print and sign the documents. We would like to go paperless, but cannot if this process is required. The stencil…

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  13. What other stencils than BPMN do you want to use to export to Microsoft Flow from Visio?

    Currently, you can only export BPMN diagrams to Microsoft Flow from Visio. What other stencils would you want to use to export to Microsoft Flow from visio?

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  14. renaming a page

    When I rename a page Visio move the diagram in the left bottom corner of the page. This is a very annoying "feature".

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  15. 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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  16. Add cosine wave in the waveform generator

    The current waveform generator available in the shapes allows us to draw one period of a sine wave.
    Sometimes, we want to create graphs with sine waves, but maybe a cosine, and maybe not one entire period. Currently, to do so, we have to use the current shape and hide the parts not wanted with white rectangles... This is a bit annoying and not very clean.

    It would be nice to be able to have as a shape :
    - a cosine over one period
    - a cosine/sine over half a period
    - a cosine/sine over a quarter a period

    3 votes
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  17. Improve the performance, please!

    I had 16 MB file a with 20 pages. I need to have a simple file where I have only one page left for sharing.
    I select from menu "Delete pages..." select 19 of the pages, and press [Ok].
    After that my CPU is running around 10+ min average 89% where Visio 2016 is on the top. Something is very wrong on this.

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  18. Add "Delete Pages" to the default ribbon

    Have you ever wondering why removing page is so complicated, especially when you need to remove 10+ pages. Right click, delete, wait, right click, delete, wait...

    But if you go to customize ribbon, there is a command "Delete Pages..." AVAILABLE! But definately it is well hidden!

    Bring it visibile !!!

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  19. Allow to search within shape just by typing

    When opening stencils with large number of shapes (e.g. Microsoft Azure, Cloud and Enterprise Symbol) it is very difficult to find the shape by scrolling up and down within the narrow confines of the open shape pane.

    It would be helpful if there was a simple way to search within the shape pane. Perhaps by just start to type after clicking on the pane and the search term highlights the shape name and focus shifts. This is like incremental search in many editors. Another way may be a small search box after the horizontal separator line for 'Drop Quick Shapes…

    2 votes
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  20. Network Diagram Connector

    Please make a connector for network diagrams that has multiple text fields that are pinned at the beginning, middle, and end of the connector. This will be used when drawing network connections where the middle text box shows the cable/connection ID, and each end shows the port number.

    3 votes
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