Displaying the Fill and Line Section Values of a shape

A few years ago, I wrote an article about displaying the RGB value of shapes ( see http://blog.bvisual.net/2010/04/22/displaying-the-rgb-values-of-shapes ). I had forgotten about it, but a reader recently asked if it was possible to force the Foregnd field to display the RGB value for the standard color palette values. For example, red is number 2 in the palette, and has a value of RGB(255,0,0). In revisiting the article, I realised that there is a smarter way to display the values, without the need of any macros.

I simply created a master shape that exposes each of the cells in the Fill and Line sections as Shape Data rows. This allows me to enter values in the Shape Data window and see the effect on the shape immediately. So, it was easy to drop one shape, insert text fields, and then use the Array Shapes tool to layout the shapes. Finally, I just entered the the standard color map numbers 0 to 24 in the FillForegnd Shape Data row.


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Event: Get more out of Visio in the workspace

I will be one of the presenters in Manchester on 18th Feb. that will show you how you can achieve more with Microsoft Visio.

Are you involved in managing your facilities, mapping your organization’s processes, or simply responsible for presenting information from your diagrams, then this seminar is for you!

Registration : https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032723927&Culture=en-GB&community=0

Getting More out of Visio in the workplace

Visio for FM Session Recordings

Today I demonstrated how Visio could be used for Facilities Management. I covered CAD integration, space chargeback, personnel and asset locations, and finished off with fire escape routes and equip.

You can register for see the recording, and get the pdf of the slide deck, at https://vts.inxpo.com/Launch/QReg.htm?ShowKey=27721 .

I have made some of the materials available from my OneDrive – Sample CAD file, Excel data and Visio Drawing : http://1drv.ms/1N9GWEo

A screenshot of the Visio drawing


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Microsoft Visio Webinar Series

Just a note to all … I will be presenting a live webcast tomorrow :

January Webinar: Advanced FM scenarios with Visio Professional 2016

Time : 2:00 – 3:00 P.M. (CET)
Date : 14/1/2016

Visio Professional 2016 can be used to manage the facilities of office and other commercial buildings. The ability to create scaled floor layouts and tag any item with data are key features of any FM system, and this webcast will cover using CAD files, space and asset management, along with practical scenarios for health and safety. The webinar will utilise the Space Plans add-on along with Link Data to Shapes and Data Graphics.



Follow this link to signup : https://vts.inxpo.com/scripts/Server.nxp?LASCmd=AI:4;F:QS!10100&ShowKey=27721

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Using Visio Professional 2016 Text Callouts, Icon Sets and Data Bars to display data directly

Last year, I blogged about using the master shapes used in Data Graphics in Visio 2013 Professional for displaying data directly, rather than embedded in other shapes as graphic items. Now that Visio Professional 2016 is released, and because there have been some improvements to the graphics, especially for Text Callouts, I have created stencils from the new masters, with some slight changes as outlined in my earlier articles. As before, the stencils can be downloaded into the My Shapes folder, from where they will be available for use at any time. These stencils are freely available to anyone with a Visio Professional 2016 licence.

Text Callouts




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Improving the legend of multi-data Data Graphic items in Visio

Data Graphics in Visio Professional (and Premium) are a great way of surfacing the information in each shape, but it can be easy to forget what the Color By Value, Icon Sets or Data-bars represent:



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Skill Up with my Visio Book … and other titles for just $5!

From today (17th December 2015) into the New Year, Packt Publishing is inviting the tech world to explore its extensive library of eBooks and Video courses for one amazing price. Every single eBook and Video course Packt has ever created will be available on packtpub.com for just $5



Follow this link : http://bit.ly/1LHNDwI

Also, as a follow up to last summer’s Skills and Salary Reports, Pack has also created their very first Year in Review http://bit.ly/1k4exs8. It will guide you through the biggest topics to come out of 2015 and show you what’s going to be defining 2016 and beyond – so you can learn intelligently and strategically.

Wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2016 in advance


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