I Need Help!

This month, the Microsoft newsgroups were closed, but there were no clear cut direction for continued support. Other than announcements of their closing, little effort appears to have been done to highlight the new forums as the place to go for Visio support. In the place of the thirteen Visio newsgroups, Microsoft has provided three forums: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-CA/visiogeneral/threads http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/visiogeneral/threads http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-us/addbuz/threads There is no clear cut definition as to which one to use, but it appears that they are for general user questions and not for Visio developers. On the Answers forum, the Visio questions are buried in a forum shared with … Continue reading I Need Help!

Can we have a Word?

Even though the adage is “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words”, sometimes it is useful to supplement a Visio drawing with text. For simple reports, Visio has a Reports feature that will produce tables of information, but occassionaly I want something more. For example, Visio does not have a feature to compare what is different between two drawings, so I have created a routine that will generate a very verbose Word document (think Print ShapeSheet on steroids) that contains minute details of the drawing(s) and then used Word’s Compare Document feature to highlight the changes. In the past I have … Continue reading Can we have a Word?