A Visio line pattern

During my usual weekend hunt for Visio items on the net I came across an article by Dan Brown on how to create a simple custom line pattern that indicates direction. The line pattern tapers in the direction of travel. This is accomplished by choosing a behaviour that stretches rather than repeats the line pattern. Dan’s detailed directions are at: http://www.greenonions.com/archives/2005/01/14/stupid-visio-tricks-narrowings-lines/ John… Visio MVP

Custom line ends

One interesting feature of Visio that is not well documented is that you can create your own custom fill patterns, line patterns and line ends. For now, I will review the procedure for creating a semicircular line end. Something like: (—–)   1) Open Drawing Explorer 2) Select New Pattern from Line Ends. Set the name. Set the scaled option. 3) Select the new master, right click and select Edit Pattern Shape. 4) Place a vertical and a horizontal guide line so they intersect at the center of the page. This will be the end point of the line. 5) … Continue reading Custom line ends

How do the background shapes work?

When dropped on the current page the background shapes automatically adjust to the size of the current page. This is more obvious when the page has a landscape orientation.  This same feature is also used in the border shapes. To make your own background shape, create a shape that has no problems being stretched and then set the Width and Height cell in the Shape transform section. The new formulas should be Width =GUARD(ThePage!PageWidth) and Height =GUARD(ThePage!PageHeight). The Guard will prevent the formula from being changed. If you do not play with the background you may not need to set … Continue reading How do the background shapes work?