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markem

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Long time no get on and easy stencil creator for Visio
« on: May 19, 2016, 11:07:54 AM »
Been a while since I have logged on to the forum.  I use Visio 2003 and still love it.  I also use Windows XP and still love it also. :-)

Anyway, wanted to stop by because I just found something and I'm not sure if anyone has ever posted about this web site. So let me give you some background - I draw fantasy maps. Not for a living but for friends who need a great map. Been doing this for over ten years now. It has been a royal pain in the rear (to say the least) to try to get all of the images and icons I wanted in to Visio.  So I found a site that had hundreds of icons and I was really depressed over it. I've already put in thousands of hours just using the image import which only allows you to do one image at a time.  So, in the vain attempt to find a way to even drag-n-drop images (Visio 2003 will not do this) I went out on the web looking.

And I found this website:

https://dmitryivanov.net/image-converter-for-visio/

Someone has finally invented a program that will convert images into Visio stencil sheets.  Not "one at a time" the old by-hand method. It does all of them at the same time.  I've already used it to convert about 500 images into their separate stencils.  I told the guy I just wanted to cry I was so relieved to find this program. It works like a charm too in doing other things. The guy only asks for donations and I plan on doing so when I get a few bucks together.

Anyway, I thought I'd post this here as I have no idea if this has ever been talked about before and this really makes making a stencil so easy it is ridiculous.

Have fun! :-)

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Re: Long time no get on and easy stencil creator for Visio
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2016, 08:35:41 AM »
This is pretty cool for creating mind maps :-)
What is the difference between an image turned into vss and the same image pasted in the visio diagram (other than the convenience of having the image as a shape and not having to copy and paste the image every time)?

Well I take that back ..actually the program embedds POTrace and uses Inkscape to convert the images to vectors and adds some fatures to the stencil.
I wish I had this a few years back when I needed it :-)

Good work!
« Last Edit: May 21, 2016, 08:48:39 AM by PF4VisioGuy »

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Re: Long time no get on and easy stencil creator for Visio
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2016, 02:15:11 AM »
It also cuts down on the overhead.  I tried it after creating a map by going back and re-creating the map. The new map was smaller in size (both in memory as well as on the hard drive). So it is helping with that problem.  :-)

Glad you like it! :-)

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Re: Long time no get on and easy stencil creator for Visio
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2019, 11:38:48 AM »
The link to the above utility no longer works, so, due to a question asked recently on the SuperUser forum I'm writing a utility to do this. Should be ready for release on Monday ...
Electronic and Electrical engineering, business and software stencils and applications for Visio -

http://www.paulherber.co.uk/

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Re: Long time no get on and easy stencil creator for Visio
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2019, 10:18:21 PM »
Hey!  I had no idea it was not there anymore. Luckily for you - I have the ZIP file.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/nub2x7exo48a8t2/AAC2MUfwCSl5lTmmxswFxyKsa?dl=0

Just follow the above link to DropBox.  Have fun! :-)

Mark

Notes:  I put the file in the wrong location. Now at right location. Enjoy!
« Last Edit: February 11, 2019, 03:54:15 PM by markem »

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Re: Long time no get on and easy stencil creator for Visio
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2019, 04:43:45 PM »
Well, I'd started work on it and now it's available:
http://www.paulherber.co.uk/visio-utilities3/

I hope somebody finds it useful.
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Re: Long time no get on and easy stencil creator for Visio
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2019, 09:12:16 PM »
River making VBA:

I have, for a long time, wanted to make a river making VBA script. I know WHAT to do but I'm not that good with VBA. Basically, right now you can draw a line with the pen function. This draws a line line with data points. What I am thinking is to change this so it draws separate line chunks with each line chunk having a single start size and a single end size. This would make a river (or lava flow or whatever).

What do you think?

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Re: Long time no get on and easy stencil creator for Visio
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2019, 03:53:58 AM »
It might be a good idea to start a new subject on this matter ...
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Re: Long time no get on and easy stencil creator for Visio
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2019, 04:49:09 AM »
... wanted to make a river making VBA script. I know WHAT to do but I'm not that good with VBA. Basically, right now you can draw a line with the pen function. This draws a line line with data points. What I am thinking is to change this so it draws separate line chunks with each line chunk having a single start size and a single end size. This would make a river (or lava flow or whatever).
This makes me think of this post: http://visguy.com/vgforum/index.php?topic=5585.15
« Last Edit: February 12, 2019, 01:58:45 PM by Yacine »
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Re: Long time no get on and easy stencil creator for Visio
« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2019, 12:57:08 PM »
Yeah, that was me. I just did a lot of research on this again and remembered why I stopped - You can not access the Ink property in Visio. You can use it in Visio - but they did not make it so you could edit/change what it did. That's why I stopped. Ugh. Forgot. Too many other things going on. Thanks for finding that. :-)