Command line to import/export Visio VBA code

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.

Scripts used in svg publish extension are on github

Recently published all javascript, html, and css code of scripts used in html publishing to the GitHub for the upcoming version 1.1: This repository contains the default built-in templates, that are used in the Svg Publish extension The scripts/style files are bundled and minified at the build time by the extension, and visible in the template as file “vp-script.min.js” and “vp-style.min.css” respectively. The default template, installed with the app, is also there. First, these are for reference. Second, they can be easily used your own solution. There are two ways: Way 1. Just drop the content of the file into “immediate” script …

Using SolutionXML with C#

Visio has a feature which allows third-party solutions to store it’s custom data in Visio files as XML fragments. It might be useful if you don’t want to litter document or shapes shapesheet(s) with your data. Also it has an advantage that setting it, unlike setting cells in shapesheet, does not trigger undo/redo, so user’s work is not interfered. Working with solution XML elements might require a bit work, here is a short code fragment how to deal with that in C#. The key point is that you need to create your own namespace in the XML, and then all your data …

New tool – Visio Import/Export VBA

Hi all, Have recently have created an extension to import/export VBA code from a Visio drawing or stencil. You can find this useful if you want to track VBA source code changes in your Visio files, like compare current version of the code with the past version. Could make sense to use together with some version control like TFS, Subversion, or GIT. Extension page: VBA Import/Export for Visio

Visual Studio Addin project templates

If you want to create a Visio add-in, there are several options available. You can go with plain COM addin, VSTO (Visual Studio Tools for Office) addin, or with a VSL. This project template provides an improved starting point to build managed Visio addins with Visual studio (including free Visual Studio Community Edition). Link to download from Visual Studio Gallery What the addin project provides to help you get started – The basic addin project, based on VSTO or COM. – Installer project, which is fully customizable (based on WIX) where you can select to install additional Visio files such as stencils or templates. Or additional DLLs. Or PDFs. Or …

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

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:

Visio WiX Setup project in Visual Studio Galery

The Visio Wix setup project was improved a bit. To simplify things, I’ve published it as a project template for Visual Studio in Visual Studio Galery. This is the first time I publish anything in Visual Studio Galery, so that was a bit interesting how to make the wheels rolling: In fact, this turned out to be rather easy actually. A good introduction how to publish stuff to Visual Studio Galery can be found on codeproject. That article gives a good  overview, how it all fits together. Anyways, the main result is that now it is possible to create an WiX-based …

Creating an installer for Visio with WiX

If you develop addins / templates / stencils for Visio, sooner or later you come to a question, how do you deploy them. Visio allows you to deploy your solution / template in such a way that template / stencil can be embed nicely in Visio user interface, thus showing up just like all other Visio built-in templates. For Visio developers, Visio SDK provides the Solution Publishing Tool, which is an official way to publish Visio-related components. However this nice tools has a number of limitations, in particular: – It does not integrate well into automated build process, when you e.g. …