My previous post showed how to link Visio Timelines to a SharePoint Calendar ( http://bvisual.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!3350D61BC93733A9!552.entry ), and I glibbly mentioned how you can create hyperlinks automatically on the shapes from the SharePoint list. Well, that was true, but the example shown goes to a SharePoint page, and it didn’t work. So, I feel I need to demonstrate a fix for it.
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I was recently asked if it is possible to use SharePoint calendars with Visio Timeline Shapes automatically. My first reaction was “not without code”, but a closer inspection reveals that you can use Visio 2007 Professional Link Data to Shapes quite easily….
Firstly, I found the WSS Demo site http://www.wssdemo.com/application/default.aspx to be useful. [This is no longer available]
In Visio 2007 Professional, you can use Data / Link Data to Shapes … to get data from Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services:[Read more…] about Using SharePoint Calendars with Visio Timelines
I was recently asked how to add a country flag to Visio Org Chart shapes automatically. Well, as I am currently working with world data at the moment, I have taken up the challenge. Firstly, the CIA have an excellent source of information, called the World Factbook ( https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/ ). You can find all sorts of information about every country in the world, including, of course, their flags. There are over 240 countries at the moment, and there are various codes used by different systems to identify them. Even the name may not be the same, for example, do I live in UK, United Kingdom, Great Britain, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or just plain old England? Answers on a post card, please, addressed to …..?
Alternatively, a country can be identified accurately with a code, but you need to know which system is being used. United Kingdom can be identified by GB in the Iso 2 character system, or 826 in the Iso numeric system, or UK in the FIPS 10 system. The CIA World Factbook utilises the FIPS 10 code, so consequently, all of the country related web pages and images are coded with this system.
I have already created an Access database with all this information, so I decided to use this knowledge to create a Flags of the World Visio Master.
Visio 2007 Professional introduced the wonderful Data Graphics feature to display Shape Data in a clear visual way, but it is not clear how you may, for example, change the font of even the simplest Graphic Item type, Text Callouts. In this blog, I’ll show you one method that I employ to vary the appearance of Text Callouts. The same technique can be used for other Graphic Item types, Icon Sets and Data Bars.
I am using the the sample IT Asset Management drawing to demonstrate throughout, which can be found in the Samples Template Category. In this diagram, the server shapes on the topology page use the Topology 1 Data Graphic, which can be seen in the Data Graphics panel.[Read more…] about Enhancing Visio Data Graphics Text Callouts
I have recently been asked if it is possible to update the % Complete data diagrams created with the WBS Modeler Visio 2007 Add-in ( https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=26229 ). Well, it is always possible with custom code, but it is intended that the WBS Modeler diagrams can be refreshed using the Link Data to Shapes feature in Visio 2007 Professional. I know this because I wrote WBS Modeler, and in this article, I will tell you how.
Firstly, I will use the Commercial Construction project that is installed with the Visio SDK for this example, which I show an extract from below.[Read more…] about Linking Visio WBS Modeler Diagrams to Project