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DomB

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Adding a certain amount of space between shapes
« on: January 21, 2011, 04:36:52 AM »
Hi,

I'm using Visio to design solar panel layouts (plain rectangles in Visio). The panels are layed in rows and need to have 18mm between each of them. Is there a way I can automate that 18mm spacing?

I've tried auto align and auto space etc but not getting very far there

Any help much appreciated!

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DomB

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Re: Adding a certain amount of space between shapes
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2011, 12:24:51 PM »
Thanks - the grid thing there helps a little, but ideally I'd select say 5 rectangles and auto-space them so I get, say, 20mm put between each. I thought that might be what "Spacing Options" (Home Tab > Position > Spacing OPtions") but it doesn't seem to do much there..

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Re: Adding a certain amount of space between shapes
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2011, 10:47:01 PM »
got to do a lot of mental math...but

- layout 5 rectangles
- Use align to line them up
- move the last one to where you want last one
- select all
- use distribute...it will spread out and space them

Of course, you can write a macro to do this....I have done it myself
« Last Edit: February 03, 2011, 09:28:52 AM by Visio Guy »

aledlund

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Re: Adding a certain amount of space between shapes
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2011, 08:59:04 AM »
As a thought you might consider creating a transparent shape of the necessary spacing to place between your panels...
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Re: Adding a certain amount of space between shapes
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2011, 10:08:45 AM »
Thanks Vojo,

I like the distribute idea - I'll try that for sure.

Aledlund

I tried what you mentioned there - my main issue was getting the shapes to snap togethor. I've tried all manner of changes under View > Visual Aids to make it so that my two rectangles (one being the panel the other being a spacer) would snap togethor edge against edge but can't get them to do so. Is it because I created the shapes myself? I tried adding connector points and enabling them under visual aids but they still don't 'snap' inline..

Thanks!

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Re: Adding a certain amount of space between shapes
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2011, 10:25:51 AM »
Why not use the Visio supplied add-on:  Tools > Add-ons > Visio Extras > Array Shapes.  That allows you to select spacing between shapes, number shapes by rows &/or columns?

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