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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. (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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  4. 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.

    1 vote
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  5. 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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  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.

    2 votes
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  8. 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.

    2 votes
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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. Modernize Computers and Monitors, Network and Peripherals shapes to a new group called Information Technology shapes

    Modernize Computers and Monitors, Network and Peripherals shapes to a new group called Information Technology shapes. Modernize the shapes and include more graphically enhanced shapes for IT related equipment. Flyout menus to change the colors of said shapes quickly.

    3 votes
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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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…

    3 votes
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  17. generate code from Visio class diagrams

    Restore the code generation from UML diagrams and UML creation from code. I'm stunned to find this removed from the latest versions. UML and class diagrams in Visio were good and now are useless. I'm uninstalling Visio to save my company the 200 dollars because, without this feature, Visio is not worth 200 dollars in a development environment.

    9 votes
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  18. 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…

    22 votes
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  19. 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.

    1 vote
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  20. 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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