Visio on Desktop

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  1. Connect to Microsoft Common Data Service

    Please allow the Data Selector to connect to Microsoft Common Data Service.

    1 vote

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  2. Unify precision shape/object movement keyboard shortcuts between PowerPoint & Visio

    PowerPoint & Visio folks, Could you work together to unify the key presses for precision movements for shapes? In PowerPoint it is Ctrl+right/left arrows whereas in Visio it is Shift+right/left arrows.

    My preference would be for Visio to update with Ctrl+...

    2 votes

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  3. Create 3D rendered view of a 2D floor plan

    It is very useful that Visio can create 2D floor plans, import CAD drawings, and link Excel data to shapes.

    However, a greater functionality would be including a view window (or separate windows with URL for posting in SharePoint site) showing the 3D rendered model of the 2D floor plan.

    Here is an example from another software company.
    https://samposoftware.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/image008.png

    3 votes

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  4. Populate flowcharts based on pictures

    I create a lot of process/business workflows with butcher paper & sticky notes. It would be great if I could take a picture of what I was working on & upload it into Visio. Then, all I would have to do is check to make sure everything was correct (and edit, if needed).

    13 votes

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  5. layers

    can you copy a layer from an existing one? selecting multiple items with different layers to then apply an additional layer ends up pushing all of those objects to the common layerset = pain. If you could copy an existing layer objectset then the number of subsequent edits are drastically reduced.

    3 votes

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  6. layers

    It would be really good if the Layers dialogue box was independent from the drawing i.e. you can flip through layers AND THEN EDIT THE DRAWING with the layers box still open. Locking the diagram whilst the layers box is open is a pain!

    3 votes

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  7. 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!

    2 votes

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  8. Add scrollbars or make all dialogs resizable

    Make all dialogs resizable. Some dialogs, for example "modelling preferences", don't show all the content on hi-res displays nor showing scrollbars. I'm completely unable to access them unless I set screen scaling to 100% and make things so small I can't read anything... This makes the software useless for now. :/

    1 vote

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  9. Add data visualizer templates for Access Database

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

    4 votes

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  10. pdf export checkout

    VISIO + SHP: Would be great if the Export to PDF function would be available without checkout, as it is in all other Office applications.

    2 votes

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  11. 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.

    4 votes

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  12. 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.

    4 votes

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  13. Allow zoom in shapes pane

    On high res monitors the shapes are very small. Either use DPI settings or let users zoom the shapes pane.

    1 vote

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  14. pdf to vision

    It will be very helpful for us if we have an option to convert PDF format to visio format.

    1 vote

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  15. 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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  16. 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.

    2 votes

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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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.

    20 votes

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