My last two blogs have been about how I managed to convert XAML icon shapes into native Visio masters. Well, I have now converted all of Syncfusion’s Metro Studio 2 shapes, and got their permission to release my own version of them. See http://www.bvisual.net/Products/MetroIcons.aspx for more information.
I decided that one good use for these icon shapes is on a tile shape to make Windows 8 style diagrams. I made this shape as simply as possible, but I wanted to be able to glue them together to make a regular grid. I put connection points of type 1 and 2 at each corner, offset by a page Shape Data row labelled Gap Size.
The tile shape is a basically a rectangle that can be changed to a half or double-width one by use of right mouse actions.
The tiles have a connection point in their centre (at least to start with), to which the Metro Icons can be glued:
The position of the connection point in the tile can be controlled by two Shape Data rows on each tile shape. The Horizontal Position can be changed between Left; Center; and Right, and the Vertical Position can be changed between Top; Middle; and Bottom.
The tile shape can be downloaded from here :
Visio 2013 : http://sdrv.ms/Qtayq7
Visio 2003-2010 : http://sdrv.ms/WiI1Qy