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.

image

Read the rest of this entry »

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.

Click here to see the complete report.

Rob Fahrni

I AM @FAHRNI

johnvisiomvp

Life with Visio and other Microsoft Toys!

Title (Required)

Windows Server Essentials Tips & Tricks

Nilsandrey's Weblog

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Things that Should be Easy

Every so often (too often in the IT industry) I encounter things that should have been very easy to do but turned out to be far too complicated. My favorite topics include SharePoint, .Net development, and software architecture, especially distributed systems.

Visio Guy

Shapes, Stencils, Drawings Templates, Tutorials, Tips & Developer Info for Microsoft Visio

Hannes's Virtual Earth

Tips & Tricks around Mapping and Cloud Computing

Pluralsight blog

be smart, be clear, be visual ...