Jump to Shape

This tiny plugin adds “Jump to shape in Drawing Explorer” command to Visio, which may become quite handy if you work with some complex drawings. The command is to be found in the context menu of the shape (when Visio runs in developer mode).

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. …

Using the same set of button images with transparency in all Visio versions

If you write a Visio add-in that targets multiple Visio versions at the same time, and have some custom buttons with images (with transparency), you might run into trouble with that new Visio 2010 Ribbon user interface needs different “flavor” of images compared to Visio 2003 and 2007. So you’ll have to to either create two separate sets of images (one set for pre-ribbon version of Visio, the second set for the ribbon one), or to “dance around a little” and make both versions consume the same set of images. The article focuses on the second approach I ended up …

Persisting Visio shapes

This article explains this post in microsoft.public.visio.developers newsgroup, and provides information on how one can to save Visio shapes in external source exactly, so here is the code to store master/shape in a stream and then drop it back to the document: To save Visio shapes in some external system (persist them) you can: – Query master or shape you want to persist for IDataObject interface. – Using this interface, obtain data blob in “Visio 11 Shapes” clipboard format (or maybe actually anything that contains “Shapes” word to be compatible with further Visio versions, please refer to the code). Now this …

Making the Visio ribbon tab document-dependent

This post explains how to make a ribbon tab in Visio 2010 ribbon document-specific. Means, activate a custom ribbon tab only for a specific document. This article discusses the implementation of a document-specific tab in a COM add-in; also, it focuses on details you might be interested in if you e.g. program unmanaged C++. Note that you could create a custom document-specific ribbon by other means, e.g. by embedding your custom interface in a document template using new Visio 2010 property Document.CustomUI Nevertheless, one of the ways to it is