VisiNews - Vol 1


Editors Note -

Dear Subscribers,

Welcome! We are pleased to announce the first issue of VisiNews. VisiNews is a monthly newsletter in which you can expect to find informative topics, tools, and resources about Microsoft® Visio. We are excited about creating an online community to share our technical knowledge and expertise. At Visimation we help our clients to improve their productivity through graphics automation, using Microsoft Visio, MapPoint, Project, and Office products as our development platforms.

We look forward to hearing from you,

Adam Lofstedt
VisiNews Editor

Shape Survey -

A big thank you to everyone who completed the shape survey. We collected lots of feedback from Visio users about the types of shapes that they wish to see created. We are begining shape development now, and will begin to have some shapes on our website soon. We are also planning on posting a new shape survey in late June that will be more comprehensive than the original.

Stay tuned!

New Visio Forums

Our new forums are now live, so please register and begin posting. We would like to create an online community that will be a great resource for Visio users. Our expert Visio developers will be browsing the board, so you can expect to find some good advice there. Please join, and share your knowledge with others.

Featured Solution....

PathViz - Shapes representing proteins, molecules and interactions are used to create complex cellular signaling diagrams. Click image to enlarge...

Visimation Provides scientists with drawing automation for cellular signaling diagrams

Scientists need the ability to communicate their findings in a clear and concise graphic format. PathViz Molecular and Interaction Diagramming Suite for Microsoft Visio is a powerful graphics tool designed specifically for creating cellular signaling diagrams. PathViz combines its tailored drawing environment with Visio's professional editing and formatting capabilities. Researchers can now use PathViz to rapidly create and modify pathway diagrams, and to clearly communicate their findings.

Easy-to-use, reusable shape libraries make PathViz effiecient and user-friendly.

Easy-to-use, reusable shape libraries make PathViz effiecient and user-friendly.

PathViz provides a rich set of symbols for proteins, molecules, and interactions as well as many time saving automation features for placing these symbols with connections to show interactions. The user works in a familiar drawing environment, structuring the elements to accurately document molecular interactions. PathViz significantly eases drawing layout by maintaining proper connections between symbols as the user moves them around the page.

With PathViz, you can:

  • Group molecules to remain together as the drawing is modified
  • Enter information for each molecule or interaction in a simple form to be stored with the drawing file
  • Select molecule and interaction types from pull-down lists
  • Easily create hyperlinks to Web based information through an accession number
  • Enter reference text linked to any molecule or interaction
  • Generate a simple document in Microsoft Word to compile reference information contained in the drawing

Read more about PathViz on our website at

VisiTool of the month....

VisiClean - A Productivity tool for Visio users

Many experienced Visio users know that as the document file size grows, productivity may also slow down. After making several revisions to your drawing, you may notice that the file size doesn't seem to be any smaller.

When you drop a master shape from a Visio stencil onto the drawing page, a copy of that master is added to the drawing file. As shapes are deleted from the drawing page, Visio does not delete the corresponding master shape from the drawing's Document Stencil.

The Document Stencil can become cluttered with shapes that no longer exist on the drawing page.

The Document Stencil can become cluttered with shapes that no longer exist on the drawing page.

AutoCAD users may be familiar with this paradigm. While AutoCAD offers a Purge utility to clean a document, Visio does not natively have a tool for this.

Fortunately, VisiClean can help with the problem of large file sizes, by cleaning up your Document Stencil for you. It will delete any shapes on the Document Stencil that do not exist on the drawing page. File size is reduced depending on how many shapes are deleted from the Document Stencil.


  • Removes any unused masters from the drawings local stencil
  • Does not remove hidden masters that might be used with some solutions
  • Reduction in file size will vary based on the number of masters that are removed


  • Streamlines the content of your drawing so you are not distributing drawings that contain information that is not being used or out of date
  • It's FREE!!!

Scenarios for Use: Anytime, just before you save your changes run VisiClean to remove any unused masters

Download a copy of VisiClean at

Tips and Tricks...

Zoom Efficiently in Visio -

Learning to Zoom effectively in Visio is one of the most important concepts you will need to master to be a Visio SuperUser. Below are some of the most effective methods we have found:

Zoom-in incrementally:

Zoom-out incrementally:

Zoom with a selection net:

Zoom-out to Page Width:

Using the above keys will speed up your Visio actions dramatically.

Layout and Routing - Getting connector lines to behave

Layout and routing provides a method to automatically layout shapes on a drawing page in several pre-defined configurations. This is a very useful tool for organizational charts and network diagrams. There are two components to layout and routing: Layout shapes, which is a tool to automatically layout a diagram, and Routing, which controls the way connectors route around shapes, instead of going through them.

The Layout Shapes dialog box provides a convenient way to automatically layout the shapes on your drawing page.

To Layout shapes, you can simply go to the Shape menu and choose Layout Shapes. The dialog box will prompt you for the Layout style, and will display preview pictures of how your drawing will look.

Right-click a connector and choose Never Reroute to prevent connectors from moving when you place shapes on or near them.

Routing refers to how connectors behave when other shapes get near them. Sometimes, depending on which template you have started from, if you place a shape on top of, or even near a dynamic

connector, the connector line will move to route itself away from the shape. This can cause quite a surprise, especially if you have spent considerable time and effort positioning your connectors.

To avoid this connector behavior, you can tell the connectors on your page to Never Reroute. This will force them to be static on the page, and will prevent your lines from moving when you place shapes near or on top of them. To do this, right-click a connector and choose Never Reroute from the menu.







Next Month...

What's coming -

  • Featured Solution -
    • Drag-and-drop price quote generator
  • Tool of the month -
    • VisiNotes - Add extra text to any Visio shape
  • Tip and Tricks -
    • Using the Connector Tool to automatically glue and connect shapes
    • Organize custom properties into tabs
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