Project templates: Visio Panel Addin

Hello all, Have recently published a bunch of templates to create Visio Add-ins in Visual Studio. Templates for creating Visio COM addnins & VSTO addins. The template includes: – Installer project – User interface to start with – A TaskPane (not really a “TaskPane”, but a docking panel), and a toggle button to control it – Custom images for the buttons. – State (enabled/disabled) for the buttons. – Optional support for legacy Visio version (2003/2007; command bar with buttons) More information

Configuring SharePoint library to store Visio documents

This post explains how one can set up a standard SharePoint document library to store Visio drawings, with option to create new drawings from a custom template (i.e. to allow your custom templates under “New” button in SharePoint). I’ve spent some time figuring this out for myself.. 🙂 Can be useful when: 1) You have a SharePoint (or Office 365 with SharePoint site, doesn’t really matter). Note that you don’t necessarily need Visio Process Repository (and thus SharePoint Enterprise). You can use normal document library as well (it will also work, just not all functionality will be available). 2) You …

New Visio book by David J Parker

Davd J. Parker’s new Visio 2013 book was recently released by PACKT Publishing: Microsoft Visio 2013  Business Process Diagramming and Validation I personally participated in the review process of this book (as a technical reviewer), and I would like to recommend the book for all Visio users and developers, who model processes with Visio, or develop their own solutions using Microsoft Visio. The book includes a lot of useful information on Visio diagram validation (check out the Rules Tool), Visio solution publishing (in particular, e.g. SharePoint 365 integration), Visio add-in development using .NET and WPF technologies, and many other interesting topics! If …

ShapeSheet Watch – now with multiselect

Here is the updated version (1.0.6). See basic info in the previous post, where the tool was introduced. Added: Now supports multi-select. You can select several shapes, and change a ShapeSheet cell for all of them at once, so you don’t need to edit it for each shape individuality. Highlight of changed values. The values which were changed since last updated are now highlighted. This allows easy visualization of changed values, thus allowing you to understand what effect has a change of one cell to others, or what cells differ between different shapes. Filters Full text search. You can search for …

New extension: Copy/Move with Base Point

Many drawing products feature so-called “base point” operations. In particular, AutoCad has “Copy with base point”, “Move with base point”. This operation may be quite useful for precise positioning of the content being copied/moved. To achieve this, at the first step a “base point” is selected, and on the second step a new position for this “base point” is selected. Check out this video to see how it works: Go to the Extension’s page

VisioWixSetup 1.2 – now with full functionality of Solution Publishing

A milestone of the VisioWixSetup project I’ve been working on – now it can be used to publish anything Visio Solution Publishing Tool could publish, and Visio could understand =) The changes in this version: – Added support for publishing ADDONS (EXE/VSL) and help files. – Fixed an issue with x64 install – Simplified “starter” wxs file. – Created project page (with detailed information about all supported attributes) – Added tests to verify correctess of generated installer. The new project page

Visio Wix Installer Project Template

The WiX project template for Visio allows you to create an installer for installing Microsoft Visio content (stencils, templates, VSL and EXE add-ons, help files). This project brings the functionality of Visio Solution Publishing tool from Visio SDK into WiX, so now you can author setup which includes registration (publishing) of Visio-related stuff completely in WiX. Check it out in Visual Studio gallery:   To add Visio publishing to your files to the installer, you can just use one of <visio:Publish > wix extension elements (nest under <File> element). The wizard creates a “starter” sample wix file to build your installer, …

Improved Visio WiX Setup (version 1.1) – Compiler Extension

I have improved the WiX project template by creating a real WiX compiler extension. That is, now you can register Visio files with WiX like this (minimalistic example includes just one extra line to publish file): The updated version is available in Visual Studio Galery: http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/68d12e2d-eb42-4847-808a-7d80863bb90d