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Recommend Book To Create Shapes
« on: March 13, 2011, 09:19:57 AM »
I'm a Visio novice that enjoys working with Visio.  I have two Visio books that go into all sorts of detail using pre-developed stencils and shapes.  I want to develop my own shapes.  Would someone recommend a book that goes into this detail.  I do a lot of electrical schematics with "rack and stack" equipment.  Your assistance would be much appreciated.  Thanks.



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Re: Recommend Book To Create Shapes
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2011, 08:32:56 AM »
Hi Tony,
I have been using Visio for a number of years and the only detail that books cover is a basic introduction to the drawing tools. Microsoft have a lot of good basic drawing tips usually a lot better than most books on the subject. Also Blog sites like Visio Guy have great tips on creating shapes. I have also just started my own at however I am still a little thin on content at the moment.



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Re: Recommend Book To Create Shapes
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2011, 02:09:10 PM »
David Parker's latest book is one of the best I've used:

This site/blog/forum is also an excellent resource.

But the #1 best way I've found to learn shape development is just doing it. Look up references when you get stuck or you think you're probably over complicating a solution, but other than those times try to just learn as you go. Building a few stencils was easily the most effecient way for me to learn shapesheet programming.


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Re: Recommend Book To Create Shapes
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2011, 09:22:17 PM »
You might be also interested in this classical book on Visio shape development:
Visio 2003 Developers Survival Pack

Also take a look at the the Developing Visio Solutions book which could be mentioned as a good starting point.
Note that it was a part of MSDN in fact.


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Re: Recommend Book To Create Shapes
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2011, 09:29:41 AM »
...and a reasonable, basic reference about shapes and things Visio, there's this:

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