visViewer 3rd Edition released

Microsoft recently updated the free Microsoft Visio Viewer (see http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=f9ed50b0-c7df-4fb8-89f8-db2932e624f7 ).  I have updated visViewer (see http://www.bvisual.net/Products/visViewer.aspx ) to use the new version of the Microsoft Visio Viewer which now enables you to view all versions of Visio documents from Visio 5 to Visio 2010 without having Visio installed.

One of the cool things about the Microsoft Visio Viewer is its ability to view reviewer’s markup. Here is an example of a document in Visio with reviewer’s comments:

VisioComments

Here is the same document in bVisual visViewer:

ViewerComments 

Useful!

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Microsoft Visio 2010 Business Process Diagramming and Validation book published

Phew … my new book is published,  , and I have a new Visio 2010 add-in, Rules Tools, to accompany it.

If you are a Microsoft Visio 2010 Premium Edition user or developer who wants to get to grips with both the basic features of Visio 2010 and the new Validation Rules in this edition, then this book is for you. A working knowledge of Microsoft Visio, and optionally .NET for the add-in code, is required, though previous knowledge of business process diagramming is not necessary. More experienced Visio users will gain valuable knowledge for building add-ins and creating and publishing rules. If you want to achieve results from Visio 2010 beyond the ordinary out-of-the-box features, then this book is ideal for you. Although this book covers the Premium Edition, much of the book is still useful if you are a Visio 2010 Standard Edition or Professional Edition user.

0141EN_MockupCover Microsoft Visio 2010 Business Process Diagramming and Validation :
https://www.packtpub.com/microsoft-visio-2010-business-process-diagramming/book
Sample Chapters
Chapter 2 : Understanding the Microsoft Visio Object Model – see https://www.packtpub.com/sites/default/files/0141-chapter-2-understanding-the-microsoft-visio-object%20.pdf
Chapter 3 : Understanding ShapeSheet™ in Microsoft Visio 2010 – see http://www.packtpub.com/article/understanding-shapesheet-microsoft-visio-2010
For latest news, updates and rule sets, visit http://www.visiorules.com

 

Rules Tools

rulesTools100x100 The new Validation API enables businesses to write custom validation rules to suit their own purposes.
Microsoft Visio 2010 provides built-in rule sets for flowcharts, BPMN diagrams and SharePoint Designer Workflows. However, it does not provide a rule set developer interface for the analyzing, amending or creating rules. This Rules Tools add-in fills this gap by providing an extra group in the Process tab in Visio 2010 that allows users to analyze existing rules, display issues, and to export/import rule sets.

I am setting up the following web-site for all things Visio Rules related : http://www.visiorules.com

 

RulesTools

Read the help file to see what you can do with Rules Tools

Click to view the help file
Click to download the help file

Two alternative installations are provided, one for 64 bit Visio, and one for 32 bit Visio. Download the zip file, unzip it, then run the Setup.exe as Administrator.

Windows Setup Packages

Click to download for 64 bit Visio 2010 Premium

Click to download for 32 bit Visio 2010 Premium

Jaws in July … oops … February

Earlier this year, at the MVP Conference in Redmond, a bunch of us Visio MVPs were filmed as we discussed the new upcoming features in Visio 2010. On reflection, I talk too much, Chris Roth has one eye on the camera, Michel Laplane (congratulations on your marriage!) looks like he is wearing pyjamas, Al Edlund and Scott Helmers are competing for goatee of the year award. Other than that, I think there are some good thoughts on what you can do with thee new features such as Visio Services and Diagramming Rules.

The video, Visio: Drawing on Experience at the Microsoft MVP Summit 2010, can be viewed at http://edge.technet.com/Media/Visio-Drawing-on-Experience-at-the-Microsoft-MVP-Summit-2010/

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