Visio on Desktop

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  1. Multiple format targets

    In general, if a fill colour is applied the a group shape via the UI then all of the sub-shapes will receive that fill as well. You can prevent this from happening by setting the LockFromGroupFormat cell in each sub-shape, however this then removes a simple way of set sub-shape formatting when you do want to have this effect.

    It seems to me that we frequently build shapes that contain what might be multiple formatting targets. It would be great to be able to define these within a group shape. For example, my group shape could contain something like the…

    2 votes
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  2. Add C4 support

    Add C4 support. In our architecture diagrams we want to be able to navigate by zoom in, zoom out like in BingMaps!

    1 vote
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  3. Photorealistic Shapes

    It would be more attractive in the software to update the photorealistic icon shapes, so the diagrams have a relevant and professional visual impact, similar to how it does ConceptDraw DIAGRAM.

    1 vote
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  4. Add data visualizer templates for Access Database

    It would be great to generate flowcharts automatically from Access database like it is done with Excel.

    3 votes
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  5. allow color by data to color a shape based on the value of a linked cell rather than a row

    allow color by data to color a shape based on the value of a linked cell rather than a row

    1 vote
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  6. Timelines scaling and auto line-up

    If you have more then 1 time-line in a drawing have an option to automatically align the time line i.e. if 1jan2020 is in one time line and as well in the other those dates align Horizontally (or ask via pop up at what date they should align). That brings me to my second point scaling, if you have more than 1 time line where size it that a year is (e.g.) 1inch long, there should be apply to other time line option so that the other selected time-line years are also 1 inch long

    1 vote
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  7. Update printing to fill as much paper space as possible (multipage too)

    As visio user I want to be able to print my diagrams over several pages with maximum magnification.
    Current state: Now it's time consuming operation to move diagram and check magnification and move print check again.
    Expected: I specify how many pages I could give for printing and visio automatically adjust zoom, paper orientation, diagram position, may be diagram rotation and slight reordering to make prints looks better.

    Explanation:
    Orientation - Some diagrams looks better on horizontal page orientation, some on vertical.
    Zoom level: Now zoom function is unified and very simple. But for better printing (and may be layout)…

    1 vote
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  8. Connectors between Containers

    I cannot make a connector in Visio/Excel that maps between data containers/tables. I suppose this probably makes sense, but it would be sweet either way. I have ensured all the Step IDs are unique, so it would be nice if I could draw connections between different containers on visio and have the links appear in the Excel while using data visualizer.

    Background: I am trying to have one visio diagram that has multiple containers, each container is linked to its own table in excel.

    3 votes
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  9. Refreshing diagrams

    When I refresh my visio diagram from Excel, all the shapes are reorganized around the page. So I go through a process of putting them in the right space, then when I add a diagram from Excel, it undoes all that work and re-organizes them how it sees fit.

    Background: I am trying to have one visio diagram that has multiple containers, each container is linked to its own table in excel.

    3 votes
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  10. export to Excel

    I'd like to export the visio objects and content (example Network diagrams) into separate columns of different objects and displayed text, and connections between them.

    4 votes
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  11. Add missing Actions ( like "Initialize variable") in the Triggers and Action tab for Power Automate

    On the Triggers and Actions tab of the Prepare to Export the action "Initialize variable" is not listed. Also the rest of the related variable actions are not listed.

    It would be helpful to add all the triggers and actions that are available in Power automate so that we can make our diagram complete.

    2 votes
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  12. 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.

    18 votes
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  13. Provide an option to change the font size IN the shapesheet windows

    The ShapeSheet windows use a tiny font with cells just big enough for that font. That font is very tiny and difficult for my older eyes to see. I would like to be able to resize that font (and the cells) without having to change the screen resolution. Changing the screen resolution would reduce the size of everything else on the screen. I can zoom into my drawing if something is too small. I cannot zoom in for the ShapeSheet windows, and that's the ONE thing that's too small.
    Please provide an option for the user to specify the font…

    1 vote
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  14. Distribution function option to set the shapes at a set spacing.

    Currently the Distribute function places shapes based on the position of two extreme shapes. So the result can be overlap or large gaps. How about a way of placing shapes that have a set gap between them?

    1 vote
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  16. Delete all

    microsoft #outlook #data #everythingthatpertainstothisordeal

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  17. Provide Network IP Control - for integration with Control4, Crestron, etc.

    Provide IP Control for Vizio TV's. LG, Samsung, Sony, and other manufacturers offer this for simple integration for smart home automation used by Control4, Crestron, AMX, Savant, etc. Sony even includes 2-way drivers for Control4 via SDDP Protocol (Simple Device Discovery Protocol) which is very easy to implement.

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  18. Excel to Visio

    We are just discovering the ability to create process maps in Excel and export to Visio. This seems like it has potential to save us a lot of time.

    We would like the ability to do the following:
    1. Customize the Header (Title) area
    2. Specify color for the various Function groups
    3. Add a standard shape (Divided Process) to the Shapes dropdown list
    4. Add a customer shape (Divided Subprocess) saved to More Shapes > Favorites > My Shapes to the Shapes dropdown list

    5 votes
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  19. Floorplan/Seating chart linked to AD Users

    Allow creation of interactive seating chart/floorplan so that clicking on a user at a location pops AD user info (e.g. Delve details). Allow searching for a user/printer to find location.Results could be embedded in Sharepoint page, Teams tab, etc.

    6 votes
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  20. Allow For Co-Equal Partners at the Top of an Org Chart

    A user should be able to generate an Org Chart with co-equal partners at the top of the structure. Allow the flexibility to set up different types of businesses through the Wizard.

    3 votes
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