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  1. 1 vote
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  2. Big performance problem since Windows 10 (1803)

    Since Update 1803 of Windows 10 there is a big performance hit in Visio. The access to the Visio API is much slower than with older Windows versions. It can be easily reproduced using a small macro which reads/writes user cells of a shape several times (e.g. 1000 times in a loop).

    We tried several versions of Visio It seems to be a problem of the Windows update.

    We use the Visio API extensively and have big problems now. Can you help me?

    3 votes
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  3. I need to make a block diagram. How about adding shapes for objects? I thought that was the reason for Visio but can't find out how to add

    I need to make a block diagram. How about adding shapes for objects? I thought that was the reason for Visio but can't find out how to add them

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  4. Only download stencils from SharePoint if the drawing is using SharePoint stencils

    We have noticed through our use of Visio desktop and SharePoint Online, that when we open a drawing in SharePoint, Visio attempts to download each stencil it uses from the same SharePoint location.

    The issue is that these stencils are not held in SharePoint and are in fact on the local computer - the paths to which are recorded inside the drawing.

    Yet Visio tries to download them, which adds 1 or 2 seconds wait, per stencil, to do so. Many of our drawings use 6 - 7 stencils, so this total wait time adds a noticeable delay.

    Please restrict…

    12 votes
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  5. (Reinstate) PDF Layer Support

    Earlier versions of Visio exported layer information to PDF which was extremely useful (and encouraged the use of Visio as a preferred drawing tool)
    PDFs could then be distributed with the option to switch on and off the layers of information but this feature no longer works. Files can still be Saved/Exported as PDF but all layer information is discarded as if it was printed to PDF instead.

    Was there a reason that PDF layer support was dropped?

    11 votes
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  6. Ability to open visio documents in edit mode

    Ability to open visio documents in edit mode as default. Currently users have to open vision document in view mode before users can edit the document. Loading edit mode takes extra time.

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  7. Add "group by" values to sub-total rows in shape reports

    The values (names, labels) of the " group-by" data element is currently not displayed in the subtotal rows. Hence when the option to display subtotals only is selected, one cannot see for which group each subtotal is. I feel this is a flaw that should be corrected.

    1 vote
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  8. 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.

    2 votes
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  9. Make the Mobile wireframes available for Visio 2019

    The mobile/web wireframes are currently only available for Visio Online Plan 2 and not for Visio 2019 Pro which is kind of strange.
    Link: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Use-Wireframe-Templates-to-design-websites-and-mobile-apps-2d54dc55-f5c4-49a2-85da-d649eb7fc281

    1 vote
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  10. 1 vote
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  11. SQL Server reverse-engineer option to include schema in object name

    When reverse-engineering SQL Server databases it would be nice to have the option to include schema in object name. Visio considers the schema name to be the "owner", but schema is not often the owner anymore.

    4 votes
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  12. Automatically remove large area to the left of leftmost node of cross functional flowchart.when that

    Data Visualizer is great! But with a horiz swimlane cross-functional flowchart, when linked data is specified as preceeding ids, I always get a large unused area to the left of the leftmost node (around 30% of drawing width). This requires manually changing the document layout, shrinking paper size etc. It may be a bug but it should be fixed soon as it reduces productivity gains from using Data Visualiser.

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  13. Make the texts in the image box editable

    When users use images for eg dialog form it automatically show the dates as the current date. But if images are coming with texts, they should be editable. Users should be able to edit these texts otherwise it doesn't even make sense. Also for the webpage wireframes the users do not have a lot of options of icons.

    1 vote
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  14. 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.

    2 votes
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  15. Make it capable of opening VWI file extensions

    The subscription version will not open VWI file extensions (Visio Workflow Interchange File) created from SharePoint Designer 2013.

    1 vote
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  16. Printer Page Alignment

    Allow the printed page to be moved, repositioned without moving the tire document.

    Also allow taking a "snapshot" of an area and only printing that section.

    The way I envision this working is for Visio to overlay the Print Grid (if multi-paged) or the sheet rectangle (if single paged) over the entire document. and move it around, allowing the user to change how the printed document will appear. The Grid Rectangles will be set by the Page Printer settings. Ideally, the Printer settings dialog Box will appear, allowing users to change paper size, orientation, etc., while organizing the printouts.

    I…

    1 vote
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  17. 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.

    1 vote
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  18. 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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  19. 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.

    1 vote
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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.

    4 votes
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