Get started with shapes …

The third video in the MVP Sessions has just been published, and it’s the first one where I do the presentation, rather than the introduction. In this one, I show a few shortcuts to laying out shapes : http://visio.microsoft.com/en-us/Get_Started/How_To/Pages/Get-started-with-shapes.aspx

Enjoy!

Now() then, settle down!

It has long been said that Visio’s ShapeSheet was modelled on Excel’s WorkSheet with it’s ability to enter formulae from a set list of functions. Indeed, there is a lot of similarity between some of Visio’s ShapeSheet functions and similar ones found in Excel, however one should exercise some caution and check that the behaviour is as expected. I recently forgot to do this with the NOW() function, and it caused me some grief for a while.

I had constructed a Today shape in Visio, and used the NOW() function to position the shape in the horizontal, and to display the date value in a Shape Data row and in the ScreenTip.

In Excel, if you enter the NOW() function into a cell, it immediately evaluates when the formula is entered. So, if you enter the same formula in multiple cells (by typing … not copying), it will evaluate at the time that you enter it. Thus you can apparently have different times displayed.

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The scariest part of any new drawing is a blank piece of paper …

The first of 24 videos has been released at http://visio.microsoft.com/mvpsessions . This one features Scott Helmers doing a tour of templates available in Visio 2010 out-of-the box. I hope you find it useful.

2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 47,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 17 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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