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  1. Fix Picture Tools / Format Picture / Transparency so that it does not "blur" photos while it makes them transparent.

    The "Format Picture" / "Transparency" tool unacceptably blurs the subject image as it makes it transparent. This is a flaw with an important functionality and needs to be fixed. Visio 2006 performed this task perfectly. I look forward to the fix; thanks.

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      2 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • I suggest you make import and export of GraphML possible

      I suggest you make import and export of GraphML possible

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      • Simple Organization Chart for creating a WBS

        Please provide simple Organization Chart Shapes to facilitate creating a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) - the existing Org Chart Templates are over the top

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          0 comments  ·  Org Chart  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Modeling Azure ARM Template in Visio - Visualize, Generate or reverse engineer Azure ARM templates

          Within IoC (Infrastructure as a Code) and Software defined Data Center concept Azure offers ability to model or define Resource Group model as a JSON template. However, Visio is one of the most common tools to design and Visualize Infrastructure. It would be natural to use Visio to model Azure Resource Group and generate ARM template, or reverse existing Resource group to the visualized model. Look at http://armtviz.io/ as an example. Also, Visio already has Azure templates and shapes ad work should be focusing on understanding ARM semantics and implement JSON serialization

          20 votes
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            3 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Bundle Visio Pro in Business and Enterprise Office 365 Bundles (such as E3)

            The only way to get Visio Pro for Office 365 is to add on a single license that costs more than the entire Office suite combined. I'd suggest bundling Visio in the ProPlus and E3 (and higher) Office 365 bundles. Visio used to be a pretty standard software application for businesses. Don't treat it as if it's not part of the same suite, at least not for the larger bundles.

            22 votes
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            • Zoom & Pan Customization

              Zoom: Add a toggle that can reverse the zoom direction when rolling the mouse wheel (i.e. when toggled, rolling down will zoom in instead of zooming out).

              Pan: Replace the current pan scheme (hold mouse button 3 and the view moves across the page in the direction of the mouse) in favour of "grabbing the sheet" (hold mouse button 3 and the sheet moves across the view as if you were moving a piece of paper across a surface). Either that, or add the ability to toggle between the two schemes.
              Also, refine pan functionality so that panning is 1:1…

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                1 comment  ·  UI and look & feel  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 79 votes
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                • Add ability to save out each tab as a separate file

                  It would be great to be able to break a Visio file with lots of tabs/pages into a separate files for each tab/page without having to manually copy each one, paste it into a new project, and save it.

                  In documents with lots of figures, I like to be able to work on all of them within a single file, but at the end our publications process requires breaking them back out into separate files.

                  5 votes
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                  • Provide Shapes for PowerBI Dashboard Wireframing

                    Make a set of shapes for creation of PowerBI wireframes during requirements discussions

                    9 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add the ability to use Equation Editor in text boxes

                      As a computer science student, I use Visio for a lot of math related graphing. Probability flowcharts, algorithms, etc. The inability to use math equations and symbols like I can in all other Office apps is a serious step back for me, and I'd love to be able to use math equations in textboxes.

                      7 votes
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                        4 comments  ·  UI and look & feel  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 15 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Flowcharts  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Offer Visio 365 as a non-commercial add-on to Office 365 Home and Personal

                          Offer Visio 365 as a non-commercial add-on to Office 365 Home and Personal. Many non-commercial users will enjoy using Visio for school projects, home business presentations, and personal planning.

                          35 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Visio Services  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Can I present my Visio flowchart one block at a time - such as powerpoint does with addign animations?

                            Presenting flowcharts to others one block at a time would allow the team to focus on each block.

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                              1 comment  ·  Flowcharts  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Improve PDF Insert

                              Most architectural floor plans are distributed in the PDF format these days as the DWG file format has expanded in complexity and scope. A floor plan in PDF already has the plotted page size and scale making insert into a Visio drawing much less problematic than DWG. However the current version of Visio does not do a good job of inserting PDF files generated from DWG and does an even worse job of printing the PDF background with Visio shapes on top. There are software products available that can convert the vectors in a PDF file to vectors that can…

                              8 votes
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                              • Find & Replace Text

                                Please allow for find & replace of text across Visio. For example, a role name may change and its acronym needs to be updated across several diagrams. These is a very tedious and oversight-prone process currently without text replace.

                                10 votes
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                                • Allow shapes to be copied from PowerPoint into Visio

                                  Please allow shapes to be copied from PowerPoint and pasted into Visio without converting them to a bunch of disconnected shapes.

                                  14 votes
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                                  • automatically create diagrams from excel data

                                    Automatically create flowcharts and cross functional flowcharts from Excel Data. As a user I should be able to import my Excel data and create the diagram, refresh the diagram so it reflects changes in data.

                                    6 votes
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                                    • Copy/Move with Base Point feature

                                      Copy/Move with Base Point like as in AutoCAD

                                      5 votes
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                                      • Online store support for Visio shapes, templates, add-ons, add-ins

                                        I was surprised to not see this in the list as every MVP conference I have been to this has been a topic of discussion. Whether for monetization or not, Visio users need a central location to find content for Visio. This includes shapes, stencils, templates, sample diagrams, shared community diagrams, add-ons, add-ins, etc. I would link this with the Apps for Office model but the framework that would support this feature and the framework that would support the Apps for Office feature are probably to different.

                                        26 votes
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                                          3 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                          started  ·  Sandeep S responded

                                          Now we have 3rd party partner templates and sample diagram show up in the backstage via template store. We’ve also added a brand new Education category for creating content relevant to schools or for gamifying education. We are working on Visio add-on catalog and a Shape search / discovery / download for the partner content ecosystem.

                                        • BPMN 2.0 Import/Export

                                          Ability to serialise/deserialise a BPMN 2.0 Process diagram as BPMN 2.0 XML.

                                          21 votes
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                                            2 comments  ·  Extensibility & API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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