Recently finished reading the David Parker’s “Mastering Data Visualization With Microsoft Visio Professional 2016” book. Highly recommended if you already have some experience with Visio and want to know more about its data visualization capabilities, and how these can be used in your infrastructure. Some unique topics covered – creating custom data graphics and Pivot Diagram Add-on.
A new feature that allows you to play with scripting for the new Visio Online with comfort. Live shape updates, autocomplete, parameter info right out of the box.
The SVG publishing plugin Visio API documentation has been added!
– Exporting Visio diagrams to disk, sharepoint, github
– Getting / Setting any export parameters (paths, options, authorizations, etc)
Consider a following scenario: you have a diagram containing network devices (servers) and you want to start PUTTY client when any of those devices is clicked to open SSH session to a corresponding device. And you want that to be on a webpage.
A possible solution to that on windows is to register a custom application protocol and map it to launch an executable. You can see a common example when “callto:” link opens Skype. Here are some explanations. This works for all major browsers, works also in Visio (without any macros).
With Visio (and a tiny SVG Publish script), this approach can be improved. Suppose you have a rack diagram, which already has all server addresses ready. SVG Publish can convert the data into custom links that can be used to launch an executable (PuTTY in this example).
The import/export VBA extension supports not only the UI (button-click), but also command line interface! It was not initially documented (now it is), but the tool includes command-line utility as well, so that one can use it with powershell script or a batch file (for batch processing of files), or in any other automated way. For this functionality MSI (full) version is required: Below are some examples of what can be done using command line.
A few months ago I released a visual studio extension, that provides autocomplete if you edit office ribbon files. The extension is open source, and published on GitHub. By now, it proved to be more of less functional and even some issues with Office 2016 icons were fixed thanks to the user feedback! 🙂 What it can do for you – it can assist you if you edit the XML files to define interface for your extensions in the Visual Studio editor. The code is based on famous glyphfriend extension (if you don’t use it yet – you should start, it’s great). Initially …
With new update to Version 1.0.9 there is new “out-of-the-box” function of the HTML Export extension– layer support! Now you can publish diagrams, and add optional layer management, to allow switching layers on/off on the published diagram. This allows to control diagram’s layers on the web to show/hide it’s parts. Check out the example: Suzuki FA50 Shuttle electrical schematic. Yep, in 1990s it was all pretty simple. You can turn on/off wires of the corresponding color by clicking the layer switch, to see what is connected with what. This is out of the box. Alternatively (this part is provided by extra tiny script) – …