Viewing/accessing all the sheets in a shape

Started by John Distai, November 09, 2015, 09:27:00 PM

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John Distai


I'm looking at the UI design shapes that were part of Visio 2013 Professional.  The shapes are really nice since they tend to contain states that you can right click to change.  For example, a combo box can be enabled or disabled through a right click menu.

With the move to mobile devices and larger pixel screens, I've had to change the scale of my drawings.  The old shapes no longer scale to the new world.  I'd like to scale these up so I can continue to use them.  They really are nice.

I've been selecting shapes and opening the groups, modifying the sizes, and re-saving them.  Many of the shapes size attributes contain references to other sheets for size references.  How do I view what shapes compose a particular shape?

Is there an easier way to make stencil shapes larger without opening the group and editing all the Shapesheets?



Hi John,
of course you can scale shapes, but depending on how complex the shapes are, this can become very tedious.
I wonder if you shouldn't rather change your workflow.
How are you using the shapes and how are you "outputing" the final result?
Wouldn't it be easier to scale the recipient (Frame, Page)?

John Distai

It certainly could be easier to scale the drawing.  One of the struggles I'm dealing with is a peer group who is using today's most in-vogue UI design tool (Adobe Illustrator), and they are creating properly scaled high fidelity drawings.

I need to create high fidelity drawings too to stay competitive with my peer group, and I believe I can do that in Visio.  It just takes a long time to change each element and to manage a library of all the different states like they do in Illustrator.  With Visio I can have 1 shape that contains all the states, and I can edit drawings easily.  That's why I don't want to abandon it yet and invest in the Illustrator learning curve.


Thank you for the explanation, but I am not sure whether it included an answer to my suggestion too. ;)


Illustrator is a much different beast.  It has a much different target audience.  Very hard to compete with it.  Out of curiosity, can you up load an example of a high fidelity drawing in question?

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