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Shape Development Training

Introduction to creaing custom Smart Shapes and Data Graphics

Presented by David Parker, Microsoft MVP for 15 years, Visio partner for 23 years, and author of four Visio books.

He has been delivered Visio courses for Microsoft around Europe, and can now transfer some of his essential knowledge to your development team. Over two days, David presents the concepts of Visio structured diagrams, how you can link them to data, how you can adapt built-in shapes, stencils and templates, or how you can create your own. All versions and editions of Visio feature shapes that can be programmed using their ShapeSheet. This has a range of functions, similar to Excel cell functions, that can be used to create fantastic interactive graphics. In addition, Visio Professional edition feature Text, Icons and DataBar Data Graphics that enhance the understanding of Shape Data. You can make your own custom Data Graphic items when you understand how to make SmartShapes, and David will show you how!

David presents a short video on basic shape manipulation concepts for Microsoft at Session 3: Get started with shapes in Visio 2010

David presents a short video on visualizing business data for Microsoft at Session 9: Visualize business data with data graphics in Visio 2010

Read more about the whole series of Visio videos at at The Visio 2010 MVP Sessions

The architecture of any Visio-based solution requires an understanding of how Visio combines data and graphics together. This 2 day on-site workshop will cover some topics that are essential to the design and development of a successful Visio solution. An understanding of these topics will prepare the attendees for an in-depth analysis of their own solution requirements, and prepare them for an informed specification and development process.

David will introduce the following topics over the 2 days:

  • Review of Basics
  • Structured Diagramming
  • Linking Data to Shapes
  • Using Data Graphics to Reinforce Information
  • Summarizing Information with PivotDiagrams
  • Creating Reports
  • Themes, Backgrounds, Borders, and Titles
  • Creating Custom Templates, Stencils, and Masters
  • Preparing for Publication
  • Using Code to Enhance Functionality

Who is this for?

The course can be tailored to meet your business needs, so, for example, it can start with an introduction to the power of Visio SmartShapes for business decision makers and developers alike, but then can focus on more advanced topics for just developers.


The price for this unique course is available on request, ex-VAT, plus T & E, and is delivered on your premises. David has been presenting this course around Europe, so the only limitation is that it is presented in English.
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