A reader of my blog recently asked whether it is possible to use the icons in out-of-the-box Visio as the main shape, and get it to refresh with data. I pointed out that all of the icon sets are available in a handy stencil under Visio Extras, so all that remains is to make the icon display change according to data values.[Read more…] about Using Icon Sets shapes to display Shape Data values
I have recently been working on an FM project where I have spaces and personnel shapes in Visio floor plans data linked to Excel tables. I constructed a number of related tables in an Excel workbook and wanted to demonstrate the relationships. I decided that this is best explained with a combination of a diagram and sample data , so this article describes how to connect Visio and Excel web parts together in SharePoint 2013 web pages, without code.
First, I constructed an Excel Services workbook and a Visio Services document.
Excel Workbook Tables
The Excel workbook has a number of tables on similarly named worksheets.
Following on from my last post ( see http://blog.bvisual.net/2014/06/13/introducing-explore-visioa-windows-8-1-app/ ), I have now managed to release the second part of my first Universal App … eXplore Visio, to the Windows Phone Store.
It is free, but contains adverts, and can be downloaded from http://bit.ly/1lDenY0
As with the Windows App, you can view the contents of Visio, without Visio, and there is are links to a variety of Visio resources.
Microsoft recently launched Universal Windows Apps, which offers the prospect of developing apps for Windows and Windows Phone from one code base. They also offered a prize entry for all apps listed before start of June 2014. Well, that was enough for me to try my hand at one, but I failed to hit the prize entry deadline, but have just launched the first part of my Universal App – eXplore Visio for Windows 8.1. This app was supposed to be a simple listing of the contents of the various editions of Visio 2013, but it became slightly more…
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Visio is always improving but sometimes some functionality is hard to find, and gets forgotten about. For example, the Custom callout 1,2 and 3 masters on the Visio Extras \ Callouts stencil have been there for a few years, yet most users do not find them or realise what they can do. They provide the ability for a connected callout shape to display the values, and optional labels, of a target shape. This can be most useful for automatic annotations because they are always up to date. However, Visio recently introduced some new Callout shapes, but this ability is not there by default. In this blog, I show you how to add this useful feature to the new Callouts.
First, let’s look at the older Custom callout shapes, which automatically open a Configure Callout dialog when connected to another shape. This callout invites you to display selected Shape Data rows of the target shape: