Svg Publish

The “Svg Publish” Visio Extension allows you to publish a Visio diagram as HTML page(s). It uses it’s own custom HTML export and extends the built-in Visio feature with some unique features.

Below you can see some sample exported pages. You can open them live by clicking the picture. For more examples, please check out the examples page.

For the detailed feature description, please refer to the documentation.
For the developer documentation / API reference please refer to the API documentation.

The published diagram is available for most modern browsers (Edge, Firefox, Chrome) and modern mobile devices (smartphones and tablets). Means, it supports touch interface. You can pan/zoom the published diagrams with your fingers, or mouse wheel (works as well).

  • It uses pure HTML5 (SVG being part of HTML5). Means, no browser plugins like Silverlight or Visio viewer are required. This allows the exported pages to be hosted static hostings, such as GitHub page hosting for example, or simply on your hard drive or USB stick.
  • The site structure does not use frames like the built-in Visio HTML export, so you can easily grab the URL for the published diagram page directly from the browser address line, and use it to share the view.
  • The diagrams are easily customizable. You can access any piece of the shape (exported as SVG), and animate it or change any properties of that piece with javascript. Also, the shapes are available in the browser for inspection. Also, for each element (shape) you can specify CSS class and javascript ID, so that you can easily access or customize it later from javascript. By the way, if you want to, you can add a custom javascript to the diagram directly in Visio, and your code will be running as soon as you open the published diagram. But for that functionality, there will be a separate article!
  • Layer visibility is supported as a stock option.
  • Local drive, GitHub and SharePoint targets are supported.

Downloading and installing

The supported versions of Visio include: Visio 2007 SP3, Visio 2010/2013/2016/2019 (all editions, including standard).

The ad-din requires .NET Framework 4.5

The ad-din requires VSTO Runtime 4 version 10.0.50325 or later (it adds SHA-256 certificate support to the stock install. If you encounter any signature issues, please make sure the latest version of the runtime is installed. Please note that this version is installed by windows update unless opted out).

The publishing ad-din can be installed both per-user (does not require admin rights) and per-computer (can be rolled out using directory services in the organization).
Please download the offline installer below and follow the wizard.

FileDescriptionSizeDate
SvgExport-1.0.8.msi Visio HTML Publishing Addin v. 1.0.8 (fixed duplicate property processing)2.0 MiB20.01.2017
SvgExport-1.0.9.msi SvgPublish extension v. 1.0.9 (new feature - layers support)2.0 MiB10.02.2017
SvgExport-1.2.10.msi - New: add "hover + click" tooltip and popover behavior.
- Fix "Export Single Page" NRE when shape sheet window is opened
4.0 MiB26.08.2018
SvgExport-1.2.11.msi PRE-RELEASE!
Improved support for relative links to other files and conversion of vsd to html in links.
4.1 MiB29.04.2019
SvgExport-1.2.5.msi SVG Publish Addin v. 1.2.5 New features: search support, option to open links in new window, custom templates support. VisioOnline support, code editing support, sidebar/tooltip/popover template support.3.9 MiB29.11.2017
SvgExport-1.2.6.msi SVG Publish Addin v. 1.2.6 New features: SharePoint modern pages support, enterprise install support4.0 MiB14.05.2018
SvgExport-1.2.7.msi SVG Publish Addin v. 1.2.7 New features: "Always hide sidebar by default" checkbox4.0 MiB16.05.2018
SvgExport-1.2.9.msi - Fix for IE11 layer-switching display (bootstrap-switch updated to v. 3.3.4)
- New features: popover timeouts, popover click outside, popover trigger options
4.0 MiB05.06.2018

Features

The exported HTML supports these features right out-of-the-box (can be enabled with checkboxes). The javascript to support these features is already provided (not that each feature can be turned on/off)

  • Shape properties (shape data)
  • Shape selection/hover
  • Page navigation (including Visio page references), hyperlink single-click navigation to drill down
  • Tooltips (not limited)
  • Single page / All page export

The add-in directly supports now 3 types of targets:

  • Simple plain-page HTML export to local disk. You get the static HTML files and you can do whatever you want wit them (put them to hosting, just open in the browsers, etc)

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  • SharePoint page export. You can export the pages directly to your SharePoint environment, using secure connection. The addin supports these types of SharePoint authentications: Windows Authentication (NTLM/Kerberos), SharePoint online (Office 365), Anonymous, Forms, AD FS (Claims). You can select target site and libraries where to put the file(s). Note that enterprise edition is not required, it will work with any edition

  • GitHub Pages export. You can put your files to GitHub for anyone to see. GitHub page hosting is a free page hosting from GitHub. It’s also becomes very handy if you want to start hacking the page, adding extra functionality, such as custom javascripts, to create e.g. a dynamic dashboard.

The export addin is free for individuals. It’s not free for commercial organizations. Please click the link below for ordering information.

 

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