Create & edit #Visio diagrams in browser

Visio Online is now generally available! You can read more about it here , but what does it mean? Well, if you have Visio Pro for Office 365 (like me) then you should find that it is now converted to Visio Online Plan 2, which includes Visio Online as well. Visio Online Plan 1 does not include Visio Pro for Office 365, but these users can view all Visio documents, and can also create and edit simple ones (see the FAQ for more details).

Selecting a New / Visio Drawing in my Office 365 tenant now opens a Basic Diagram in Visio Online. I can then choose to create a diagram from a different template using File / New.

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Installing 64-bit Visio 2016 Professional

There are times when it is necessary to install the 64 bit versions of Visio (and Office), as described at Choose between the 64-bit or 32-bit version of Office. This article does not really expand on the reasons for using 64 bit Visio, but it basically comes down to file size, especially with very large inserted CAD files. I set up a virtual machine to do some testing, and, as it has been a long time since I had to do this, I accidently installed the 32-bit version first, and so I had to start afresh. Therefore, I thought it might be useful to record the steps I took with the download of Visio Professional 2016 from I have pointed to the link that should be followed.

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#MSIgnite 2017 Round-Up for #Visio it is over for another year, and what a year it has been for Microsoft Visio! I am exhausted from making 3 presentations and being on the Visio booth for the last 4 days, but it has been worth it just to hear the love people have for Visio, and to see their faces when they see the new features and capabilities!

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Countdown to #MSIgnite for #Visio sessions

Only a couple of days to go before Microsoft Ignite conference starts here in Orlando. Yes, I am here a week early to “acclimatize” 🙂 , but I have not been idle since I will be presenting in three sessions!

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Adding clicks to infographics with #Visio visual for #PowerBI

Office 365 is a truly remarkable success story, but it is often difficult to understand what each of the parts actually do, or what it is actually in each edition. Microsoft are always adding applications and services to the various editions, or retiring ones that have been superseded. If I can’t see it, I can’t understand it, so I was very interested to see the Periodic Table of Office 365 infographic created by Matt Wade, a SharePoint guru who keeps an eye on these changes ( see ). It really helps in comprehending the current Office 365 applications and their purpose. Indeed, I have seen his graphic go through many iterations over the last few months, and it will continue to change. However, it was not clickable, and I am a visual data guy, so I contacted him, and offered to integrate his infographic into a Power BI now that the Visio custom visual is available. I then found out that there are several different language versions of his infographic out there on the web, translated by other SharePoint professionals in his network.

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#Visio custom visual preview for #PowerBI available for all!

Yesterday, I wrote about using #MSFlow with #Visio ( Updating data sources from #Visio using #MSFlow … easily! ), so it is fitting to announce that the Visio custom visual for PowerBI is now available from the Microsoft store, and that it works with PowerBI Desktop! This means that everyone can make use of my guidelines in my other recent article at Previewing the #Visio Custom Visual in #PowerBI !

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Updating data sources from #Visio using #MSFlow … easily!

Most of my posts have been about using Visio as a data consumer by linking Visio shapes to data, but Visio can be the best place to create some data from. For example, an office layout can have personnel or equipment shapes within a workstation area, or space shapes are used to define areas which are used for calculating the space usage chargeback reports. There are non-facilities management related examples too, as the only consideration is what is the best way to create relationships, measure lengths, or calculate areas. These are all tasks that are best done by just moving, resizing, connecting or containing shapes interactively in the Visio interface. In this article I will explain how Microsoft Flow can be used update a data source simply from a Visio document.

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