updating master shapes across mutliple stencils?

Started by goltoof, October 07, 2013, 07:25:22 PM

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goltoof

Sure this has been asked before.  If I have a shape that I'm using in another shape master, then I change it, how do I make sure that shape will automaticlly update in every other stencil it's contained in?

vojo

I am pretty sure you have do each instance manually.

Hey Ken


   Interesting...  Your question conjures up images of the possibility of stencils within stencils, where some shapes are in the individual stencils, while others are in the stencil of stencils.  Change the shape in the stencil of stencils, and all are changed.   And then are the stencils of stencils of stencils, ad infinitum.

   Really, it might just be best to have one shape in one stencil and change it there.  Might need multiple stencils open at one time, thereby simulating stencils within stencils in a virtual stencil hierarchy, but it's better than the headache of maintaining multiple copies of the same shape.

   Just a thought.  A little off the wall, perhaps, but a thought.

   - Ken

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goltoof

Quote from: Hey Ken on October 08, 2013, 02:55:14 AM

   Interesting...  Your question conjures up images of the possibility of stencils within stencils, where some shapes are in the individual stencils, while others are in the stencil of stencils.  Change the shape in the stencil of stencils, and all are changed.   And then are the stencils of stencils of stencils, ad infinitum.

   Really, it might just be best to have one shape in one stencil and change it there.  Might need multiple stencils open at one time, thereby simulating stencils within stencils in a virtual stencil hierarchy, but it's better than the headache of maintaining multiple copies of the same shape.

My sentiments exactly.  I was just wondering if it was possible.  One of those not-so-obvious blatantly obvious prerequisites to Visio stencil mastery.
Fact is I do have multiple instances of the same shapes in multiple stencils. Not so much for my convenience but for drafters who don't feel like drawing something which contains multiple shape instances across multiple stencils from scratch.  Instead they just drag and drop and, boom, 90% of their work is done. Even if it were possible, I'd still have to check each shape instance to make sure it looks exactly how I assume it would when changing the master.