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Shapes & Templates / Ignore group member shape for glue boundary
« Last post by GaryParr on April 01, 2020, 02:36:39 PM »
Sorry if this is has been answered somewhere before, but I've been googling for a good while with no solid leads on an answer.

Suppose I have a group shape that is pretty much a square. The outer boundary of the group is the appropriate glue boundary, and disabling the "snap to member shapes" on the group works as it should. However, now suppose I add some additional member shapes to the group to act as status badges, conditionally shown depending upon relevant shape data. These badges hang over the normal outer boundary of the parent group. Visually nothing changes, and the Visio alignment guides ignore the badge shapes. Unfortunately, the outer glue boundary does not. The effect is that connectors seem to end before actually connecting.  I'm aware that I can add connection points to overcome this, but I'm trying to find a simple answer. Is there any way to tell Visio to ignore certain member shapes within a group when determining the outer boundary of said group for gluing connectors?

I've attached a quick snip of the issue. Connectors coming in from the left are hanging due to the extended shape boundary, connectors in from the right are what it should look like. I need to somehow tell Visio that the "trash can" (used here to indicate the component is being decommissioned) is not really the outer edge of the group.

General Visio / Re: Line Animation or Flashing
« Last post by Woutie on March 31, 2020, 04:06:52 PM »
Hey Ken,

Man I love what you have done, but you are also correct in saying its very complicated!

Looks good though - I am jealous!

General Visio / Re: Line Animation or Flashing
« Last post by Hey Ken on March 31, 2020, 01:14:07 PM »

   Yes, it’s possible; I built one of those several years ago. It’s here on the forum at   Vojo is correct; it was challenging.  And you are correct too: it’s likely not possible for a newbie to build it.  Did you ever consider taking a VBA course?  ;- )

   - Ken

General Visio / Re: Line Animation or Flashing
« Last post by vojo on March 31, 2020, 11:51:18 AM »
my would be challenging.   maybe others have a different way so maybe wait a day or 2 before deciding
General Visio / Re: Line Animation or Flashing
« Last post by Woutie on March 31, 2020, 11:06:39 AM »
Hi Vojo,

So something like I am looking for will not be possible for a newbie like me right? I mean I am not familiar at all with VBA.
Latest Visio Guy Articles / Salesforce Schema Builder-style ERD Shapes
« Last post by Visio Guy on March 31, 2020, 05:37:28 AM »
I've modified the Crow's Foot Database Notation shapes to have additional features, and a snazzy new look. Check them out:

Salesforce Schema Builder-style ERD Shapes
General Visio / Re: Line Animation or Flashing
« Last post by vojo on March 31, 2020, 05:10:36 AM »
Changing a line color or even blinking a line is far easier than some sort of bounce ball flowing thru the network.

The big problem is to pass some state ("1" or "0") through arbitrary network topology
(Visio shapes cant discover each other without VBA).

propagating this state thru the network is not simple for arbitrary networks.

Programming & Code / Re: How to add macros to the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)?
« Last post by metuemre on March 31, 2020, 04:50:45 AM »
You can embed a customUI.xml file in the visio file itself to add buttons to Quick Access Toolbar. This would be more useful if you are using Visio template files to create your drawings. Create a new folder named "userCustomization" in the visio file and put the customUI.xml file in it.

In Visio 2013 microsoft removed the page navigation buttons, so I added them to quick access toolbar with the xml code below. Each button calls a separate macro located in a stencil named "Auxiliary".

<mso:customUI xmlns:mso="">
<mso:button id="FirstPage" onAction="Auxiliary!PageNavigation.FirstPage" imageMso="FirstTile" label="First Page" visible="true" />
<mso:button id="PreviousPage" onAction="Auxiliary!PageNavigation.PreviousPage" imageMso="PreviousPage" label="Previous Page" visible="true" />
<mso:button id="NextPage" onAction="Auxiliary!PageNavigation.NextPage" imageMso="NextPage" label="Next Page" visible="true" />
<mso:button id="LastPage" onAction="Auxiliary!PageNavigation.LastPage" imageMso="LastTile" label="Last Page" visible="true" />
<mso:button id="PreviousWindow" onAction="Auxiliary!PageNavigation.PreviousWindow" imageMso="PreviousUnread" label="Previous View" visible="true" />
You also need to add a line to .rels file in the _rels folder similar to below

<Relationship Id="rId6" Type="" Target="userCustomization/customUI.xml"/>

You can see the related QAT buttons on the attached screenshot.
General Visio / Line Animation or Flashing
« Last post by Woutie on March 30, 2020, 03:58:06 PM »
Hi guys,

I am running Visio 2019 and we use Visio to draw simple electrical diagrams. My aim is to have a drawing and the have part A of the current flow flashing in Blue for example and the the flow of current of B in Red. Is this even possible?

I had a quick look at this topic but I am no code expert and have no idea where to even start?

If this is possible, your help will be greatly appreciated!

Latest Visio Guy Articles / Ordered List Shapes
« Last post by Visio Guy on March 30, 2020, 03:56:58 PM »
Basically "Excel Autofill" shapes :)

Ordered List Shapes
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