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  1. Visio 2013 backwards compatibility failure.

    I am a solutions architecture consultant and have been using Microsoft Visio Premium 2010 since it first came out. In 2013, I recommended to a client of mine to install Microsoft Visio Premium. They installed 2013. I was mortified to find that the advanced support for UML and database modeling was missing. I told my client that they must have installed standard by accident. Because Microsoft would never lose backwards compatibility. I was wrong. They had installed Professional. The feature were discontinued without warning. A Microsoft product that is not backwards compatible. The master class list is critical to creating…

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      1 comment  ·  Database &UML  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add shapes for Cellular Network entities like, HLR, VLR, MSC, SGSN, HSS, MME, GGSN, etc. Do not see these in current Visio 2016 shapes.

      Add shapes for Cellular Network entities like, HLR, VLR, MSC, SGSN, HSS, MME, GGSN, STP, SCP, SSP, eNB, etc. Do not see these in current Visio 2016 shapes.

      2 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add more Stencils

        Need more stencils types period. Designing for Azure we need country and global maps to put datacenters and connections, etc. Need to really sit down and create a set of core stencils for Azure. I need shapes of the countries, regional areas (North America, Latin America, EU, CEE, Africa, Asia Pacific) in various languages too.

        7 votes
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          1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Improve object selection/ add filtering capabilities in the database reverse engineer addin

          Add filtering capabilities based on names (including wildcards), type, schema, ... when selecting the tables to import. Scrolling and clicking individually doesn't work great when dealing with several hundreds / thousands tables/views in the list.

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            0 comments  ·  Database &UML  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Provide the print capability (or copy paste) to see the subordinate icon one uses Subordinates>Hide Subordinates.

            Provide the print capability (or copy paste to word or powerpoint) to see the subordinate icon when one uses Subordinates>Hide Subordinates. When setting up an Organization Chart with hundreds of employees or more, not all can be viewed or printed on a single sheet. The use of synchronized subordinates is helpful and allows for viewing these departments across a number of pages; however, Visio shows a small hierarchy icon on a manager when they are hidden but when you attempt to print (or copy paste into another document) the icon does not appear.

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              0 comments  ·  Org Chart  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Change the pin position without moving the shape

              I wanted to position some things precisely on the page, but do so from the top left corner. So selected the object I wanted, changed the pin pos from centre-centre to top-left expecting it to now show me the coordinates of the top left corner. But it moved my shape's top left corner to the centre-centre position. What use is this to anyone?

              3 votes
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                2 comments  ·  UI and look & feel  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Callouts lose association when the Callout layer is hidden

                As the title describes, when adding a callout to a shape, and then hiding the Callout layer that is automatically created through the Layer Properties screen will break the relation between the shape and the callout. So when you make the Callout layer visible again, the callout won't be linked to the shape anymore.
                The same behavior occors when you add the target shape to another layer and hide that one.
                This doesn't seem very practical as it renders one of the Layer systems features, hiding certain shapes/information when you don't want to see them, essentially useless.

                3 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Gridlines not visible on 2nd monitor

                  I have currently latest version of Visio 2016 Professional and when I enable grid on document and move Visio to 2nd screen the gridlines are not visible. This might be due to the monitor settings as well, but could this be a bug ?

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                    1 comment  ·  UI and look & feel  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Improve embedding Visio in rest of office suite

                    Make it easier to embed/copy/paste Visio diagrams into other Office suite documents (and generally in Windows), without the file sizes ballooning.

                    Usually the best way is to save as .jpg and insert the .jpg file which is a lot of effort, and doesn't always print well

                    An "save as" PPTX capability (saving all the pages as non-editable pictures) would also be useful--with controls on page layout, use of an existing PowerPoint Template/master etc.

                    5 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Make the Visio Gantt chart template more versatile

                      I want to use the Gantt chart template to plan tasks and groups of tasks on a 24 hour / 7 days a week timeline. Getting the timescale was pretty straightforward, but I need to be able to set the start time at a specified time on a selected day. I want to input in 24 hr format, such that start time will be entered and displayed as "19 MAY 18 15:30" or similar. Then I would like to be able to input the duration in hours and fraction of hours as " 4.5 hr or 6.25 hr" The end…

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                      • 10tec ActiveX control not visible with latest updates

                        I have a Visio application using the IGrid ActiveX control from 10Tec. This has been working fine with Visio 2016 (32bit) but has recently stopped working. The ActiveX control is present and populated with data but is no longer being drawn. If I create a new user account, the first time the application is run the ActiveX control works fine. On subsequent running of the application it is no longer drawn.

                        I have reverted back to CTR 16.0.9029.2054 or 16.0.9001.2138, my application works fine with this so a later update seems to have broken this.

                        Windows 10 64 bit

                        Office…

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                        • Invert the default coloring scheme of white lettering on dark fields

                          Invert the default coloring scheme of white lettering on dark fields to dark lettering on white fields.
                          Three reasons:
                          --Printing in the default color scheme needlessly uses ink, energy and natural resources.
                          --Printing in dark lettering/white fields is easier to read.
                          --Photocopying documents printed in the default color scheme does not work well, especially when printed B/W.

                          2 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Flowcharts  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Covert Text to Path

                            Please add the function to convert text into a path or shape similar to how you can do in Adobe Illustrator or Microsoft Expressions.

                            2 votes
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                            • Shape Data window should sort all fields with data in them to the top.

                              Shape Data window should sort all fields that contain data to the top of the list. Since most fields won't contain data, this makes it inconvenient to see relevant information when selecting different shapes.

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                              • Allow someone to scale a drawing based on a known distance. For example, a building wall, etc.

                                Many wireless tools support this method of scaling. Allow Visio to automatically scale a page based on the highlighting or tracing over an entitiy's known length. This would be super helpful when importing floorplans and needing to get accurate measurements and connector lengths.

                                3 votes
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                                • CAD import failure diagnostic evidence needed

                                  DWG imports can take forever then can fail without any explanation as to what features aren't supported.

                                  If it doesn't fail then it just hangs and needs to be aborted.

                                  An import into Visio 32 bit will fail at say, 20% but finishes on 67bit.

                                  No explanation

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                                  • Paint 3D

                                    Intigrate Paint 3D functions in Visio so users can create/ insert 3D models (inserting like in Word but as a shape).

                                    2 votes
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                                    • Add symbols and models

                                      Please add the symbols and 3D models you can insert in Word as shapes in Visio.

                                      2 votes
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                                      • Fix the presentation of units on the Dimensioning templates, so they comply with the SI Units specification

                                        Correct the dimensioning templates so they comply with SI units.

                                        Currently, they display, for example "50mm", but this should be "50 mm" (space between value and unit).

                                        Suggested fix here for a number of years now: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/office_2013_release-visio/visio-dimensioning-how-to-meet-si-standard/f4b8de6d-f73e-46fb-b95a-1d2698d6fe77?tm=1374913016258

                                        Seems a little odd that in the application itself, units are presented correctly (such as the Size and Position Window), but it is incorrect when an actual drawing has dimensions added, using the standard dimensioning template, that doesn't comply with SI units standards.

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                                        • ADD A BUTTON TO PRINTS ONLY THE PAGES THAT HAVE CHANGED

                                          ADD A BUTTON TO PRINTS ONLY THE PAGES THAT HAVE CHANGED

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