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Visio Discussions => Visio 2010 Issues => Topic started by: Jumpy on August 11, 2010, 03:52:45 AM

Title: Visibility of Connection Points in Visio 2010
Post by: Jumpy on August 11, 2010, 03:52:45 AM
Hello all,
finaly started looking into Visio2010 and have a question already:

How can I allways see the Connection points in Visio 2010?
At the View ribbon I checked Connection Points, but they only become visible, if I move a connector near them.
But while editing shapes, I want to see them all the time. What can I do?

Thanks,
Jumpy
Title: Re: Visibility of Connection Points in Visio 2010
Post by: aledlund on August 11, 2010, 05:06:45 AM
It appears this might be a new 'enhancement'. They only stay on for the selected shape on my copy, and not at all if the selected shape is a 1D shape.
al
Title: Re: Visibility of Connection Points in Visio 2010
Post by: Paul Herber on August 11, 2010, 03:17:58 PM
Annoying, isn't it!
Even though you have View -> Connection Points ticked they are still not visible. Bad.
Title: Re: Visibility of Connection Points in Visio 2010
Post by: aledlund on August 11, 2010, 03:28:44 PM
Paul,
It goes beyond annoying because many of the network (rack mountable) shapes I use are 1D and now the points to attach cables has disappeared.
al
Title: Re: Visibility of Connection Points in Visio 2010
Post by: Visio Guy on August 12, 2010, 07:28:34 AM
In Visio 2010, you will see connection points in the following conditions.

1. By "feel/Braille" when you mouse around a shape with the Connector tool. You don't actually see them, but the connector-cursor snaps to their locations.
2. If View > Visual Aids > Connection Points is checked, you will see them for a shape when you get near to the shape with the Connector tool.
3. If Connection Points are visible, you will see all connection points for a shape the whole time that you are busy in the shape's ShapeSheet window.

There are solutions that were designed with connection points as a visual cue to users. Now they have to guess and stumble around in the dark hoping to discover connection points.

One example is the [http://visguy.com/vgforum/index.php?topic=1572.0]Comic strip frames and layout[/url] by Yacine (http://visguy.com/vgforum/index.php?action=profile;u=631;sa=showPosts).

Rack-mounted network diagrams are another major solution. Although rack-mounted stuff can probably be pushed towards containers and lists, but I haven't investigated the necessary rastering/snapping for that yet. Maybe Al or somebody else has?
Title: Re: Visibility of Connection Points in Visio 2010
Post by: Visio Guy on August 12, 2010, 07:31:52 AM
This article might be of interest for this thread:
Connection Point Directions & Types (http://www.visguy.com/2006/10/12/connection-point-directions-types/)

The tool has code for dropping shapes on connection point locations, which might help developers, if not users.