Enhancing the Orgchart with different reporting lines

Over the summer I was asked if it was possible to have some of the reporting lines a different pattern. An interesting idea, but how do you mantain the feature when the Orgchart is imported and exported? For this feature to work the information had to be stored with the person at the bottom of the reporting relationship. The Custom Properties (Soon to be Shape Data) of each person was preserved over imports and exports and was the ideal location. So once the data was imported into Visio VBA code was run to check each 2d shape for a "Reporting Type" … Continue reading Enhancing the Orgchart with different reporting lines

Visio’s other file format – Report Definition files *.VRD

It has been a long standing fact that though there were several Visio file types; stencils, drawing, templates and workspaces, there was a only one Visio file format. Several versions ago, a new file format crept into the Visio file format family. Visio added a reporting facility that used a seperate file to store information about how to create the report. About the same time, Visio gave the Visio user the oppurtunity to save Visio drawings in XML format. So, the information in the Visio Report Definition (VRD) files is also stored in XML format. For Visio 2003, the third … Continue reading Visio’s other file format – Report Definition files *.VRD