Starting PuTTY from an exported HTML diagram

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).

Exporting html diagrams – binding to live services

This post briefly explains how to bind Visio diagram, exported as HTML to some external live web-service. It’s based on the HTML/SVG export extension. If you want the exported diagram to be connected to some live data,  you’ll need to connect to some live service (in this example, we consider a …

Svg Publish

The SvgPublish 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 …

Back-Sync: Visio “backward” data synchronization

Visio has a nice feature, which allows you to link data to shapes. This allows you to create interactive dashboards for example, display data graphics which reflect the current state of some system on Visio diagrams, etc. One thing may is occasionally needed, is a possibility to update your data source from Visio diagram. Meet the new …