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Re: no activity in 4 days, is site up?
« Reply #15 on: December 06, 2020, 01:12:22 AM »
I got a gold badge on the Super-User forum the other day, Fanatic - gold - for visiting every day for 100 days. Sad.
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Re: no activity in 4 days, is site up?
« Reply #16 on: December 06, 2020, 05:56:53 AM »
  :-\ Yacine do you have some experience to share maybe?

Not really, but I believe that getting started in a "childish" way, experimenting and without the fear of not being perfect is fundamental. Disregarding if you get to master the thing or produce only crap, you still will have got the fun of experiencing it.
For instance, I have absolutely no artistic talent, but I paint (at least I did). I can't cook, but I do and my family eats my meals (without too much complaints). It's the fun.

From the 2-3 videos I posted on Youtube, I learned at least the following:
- a good microphone is necessary + some breathing noise reduction "solution" 
   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwTZ2xpQwpA 
   https://blog.accusonus.com/fix-broken-audio/common-recording-problems/
- a script is mendatory - unless you're very experienced
- post-editing (cutting out bad sequences) enhances the tut
- filming one self speaking adds to the experience, but it is certainly much more difficult and no so mandatory
- bigger subjects can be split in smaller videos, gathered in a playlist.

... and finally Youtube has certainly tons of tutorials in how to make tutorials. I haven't checked any yet though.
« Last Edit: December 06, 2020, 06:07:42 AM by Yacine »
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Re: no activity in 4 days, is site up?
« Reply #17 on: December 15, 2020, 03:52:07 PM »
   I guess you can lump me in with the vanished.  It’s been almost half a year since I posted anything.  Or visited the forum, for that matter. 

   Blame it on being blessed with a pandemic-sponsored vacation financed by an unreasonably hefty stipend of unemployment compensation and Trump bucks.  Spent a lot of time traveling, camping on the Appalachian Trail, whitewater canoe/camping, and similar fun with the wife, kids, grandkids, and friends.  As I mentioned before, I’ve been enjoying the pandemic, strange though it may seem.

   Since my Visio projects were “paused’ (in their words), I took advantage of the forced vacation to write my next novel, No Dogs on Mars – A Starship Story.  It’s about riding the SpaceX Starships 33 years from now.

   But all good things must come to an end.  Last month one of my Visio projects was “unpaused”, so I’m back in the thick of it.  I was back here this morning for the first time since July looking for the fix for the Error 318 problem (which didn’t work—more on that soon).  Bottom line is that I’m back.

   As for the declining interest in Visio, in my experience it’s the price that puts people off.  As I (think I) mentioned before, I had to get special dispensation to keep my Visio after a company-wide purge deleted most everyone’s licenses.  Their rationale was the poor return on investment.  Now they’re using freeware, like Zephyr and Gliffy.  Sad.

   I saw a similar trend with Lotus Notes.  A great product for its time with a loyal fan base, until one day they just pulled the plug on it.  Lots of wailing and gnashing of teeth over that.  I can see the same thing happening to us one day, unless M$ gets their act together on it.

   In the meantime, I’ll continue having fun with Visio.  Even when I get those unsolvable 318 errors.

   - Ken


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Re: no activity in 4 days, is site up?
« Reply #18 on: December 16, 2020, 05:19:43 AM »
   I guess you can lump me in with the vanished.  It’s been almost half a year since I posted anything.  Or visited the forum, for that matter. 

   Blame it on being blessed with a pandemic-sponsored vacation financed by an unreasonably hefty stipend of unemployment compensation and Trump bucks.  Spent a lot of time traveling, camping on the Appalachian Trail, whitewater canoe/camping, and similar fun with the wife, kids, grandkids, and friends.  As I mentioned before, I’ve been enjoying the pandemic, strange though it may seem.

   Since my Visio projects were “paused’ (in their words), I took advantage of the forced vacation to write my next novel, No Dogs on Mars – A Starship Story.  It’s about riding the SpaceX Starships 33 years from now.

   But all good things must come to an end.  Last month one of my Visio projects was “unpaused”, so I’m back in the thick of it.  I was back here this morning for the first time since July looking for the fix for the Error 318 problem (which didn’t work—more on that soon).  Bottom line is that I’m back.

   As for the declining interest in Visio, in my experience it’s the price that puts people off.  As I (think I) mentioned before, I had to get special dispensation to keep my Visio after a company-wide purge deleted most everyone’s licenses.  Their rationale was the poor return on investment.  Now they’re using freeware, like Zephyr and Gliffy.  Sad.

   I saw a similar trend with Lotus Notes.  A great product for its time with a loyal fan base, until one day they just pulled the plug on it.  Lots of wailing and gnashing of teeth over that.  I can see the same thing happening to us one day, unless M$ gets their act together on it.

   In the meantime, I’ll continue having fun with Visio.  Even when I get those unsolvable 318 errors.

   - Ken

Ken I think the new self-service option for buying Visio in large organisations is a big win:
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/visio-blog/purchase-visio-cloud-subscriptions-with-your-business-domain/ba-p/1736584?ocid=usoc_TWITTER_M365_spl100001542419078

I agree Visio is expensive, but if companies choose a small set of diagram producers and a large set of consumers the cost is meaninglessly low for a large organisation. Still I agree lower prices would be better.

People being able to get it themselves, not having to wait on the IT department, is a key improvement for the desktop app. In some orgs this just takes ages, this shortcut helps people to get Visio on their corporate desktop in one hour instead of one year (or more).
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Re: no activity in 4 days, is site up?
« Reply #19 on: December 16, 2020, 03:36:17 PM »
I think if the guys will continue building Visio online at the same pace they do now, they are soon outta here ;D

I understand Visio is not a flagship product of Microsoft, but still if you have a dedicated team, wouldn't it make sense to make them do at least something?
Doing just marketing is somewhat similar to saying "honey" many times - not going to be any sweeter. Not adding a single feature in 10 years, but instead annoying users with awkward ribbon and dramatic slowdown? Hmm. Okay.
Sorting in OrgChart wizard? Not in this life probably, I guess there is no one left in Visio team who remembers what C++ looks like ;D

Now, Visio Online API is also a disaster imho. I think this is not just me (although I have personally hit at least three bugs).. You could check out GitHub's issues for office-js related to Visio. Kindergarten.
Of course this is all a bit exaggerated, but this is not to complain, but to motivate ;D
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Re: no activity in 4 days, is site up?
« Reply #20 on: December 16, 2020, 03:49:09 PM »
Nikolay, You mean motivation for users or developers?

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Re: no activity in 4 days, is site up?
« Reply #21 on: December 16, 2020, 03:51:00 PM »
Nikolay, You mean motivation for users or developers?

Both ;D Just grumbling ;D
Well, maybe it's just like that: Everything is Amazing & Nobody is Happy - "You are Sitting in a Chair... in the Sky!!"

Visio used to be so cool when I started using it 199x.
Now had to pick another framework for the new project (diagramming-related), Visio Online turned out to be not quite up for the task... In Visio Online:
- No custom shapes
- No custom code
- No custom constraints
- No custom actions (such as context menu items)

This situation makes me kind of sad ;D Although it may be similar to complaining about absence of WIFI in a plane, like in the video above.
So we have just a viewer that is a bit buggy... and recently caught some CORS issues in API... :-\

But anyway....


 ;D
« Last Edit: December 16, 2020, 05:28:52 PM by Nikolay »

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Re: no activity in 4 days, is site up?
« Reply #22 on: December 16, 2020, 06:34:36 PM »
Dedicated team???  One person, a team does not make.  Seriously doubt that a single person would be dedicated. 
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Re: no activity in 4 days, is site up?
« Reply #23 on: December 17, 2020, 04:37:42 AM »
Good people are putting their complaints on the table, Microsoft clearly needs to get an impulse if there’s any chance they’ll improve this. In my opinion they are so far behind in webbased diagramming, webbased software like diagrams.net is so far ahead that Microsoft only has a shot with its still excellent desktop software. Excel desktop is getting plenty of software upgrades and Visio should get them too to justify the high asking price for a Visio Plan 2 subscription.
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Re: no activity in 4 days, is site up?
« Reply #24 on: December 17, 2020, 05:09:37 AM »
Well, diagrams.net is based on MxGraph (it's not that bad, that's the one I use in the current project - it's pretty solid and open source).
Still it's old and clunky and full of garbage (does anybody remember what VML was good for?)

From the other side I may be a bit biased  ;D



But yes, if you "cook it properly" MxGraph it can look similar to Visio Online (check this out, it's actually mxgraph, with UI "modernized" a bit) ;D



MxGraph has solid UNDO/REDO support, in the browser (this point was critical for me). And you can program any shape yourself (behavior, looks, styles, constraints, actions, etc).
But yourself. In javascript. There is nothing even remotely similar to Visio formulas and shapesheets (well maybe styles, but that's not exactly it)

Still, for simple diagrams, with predefined set of shapes it's okay.
« Last Edit: December 17, 2020, 06:00:55 AM by Nikolay »

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Re: no activity in 4 days, is site up?
« Reply #25 on: December 17, 2020, 05:15:04 AM »
😂😂😂

Because mxgraph/drawio started 15 years ago should be full of old code/junk yes, but as an end user I do see a ton of functionality compared to Visio webbased.

Really nice UI upgrade Nikolay!
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Re: no activity in 4 days, is site up?
« Reply #26 on: December 17, 2020, 05:27:56 AM »
MxGraph has some real issues with tablet / phones:

- Some controls are just too small to hit. 3px x 8px arrow on a retina touch device? Seriously?
- Pinch zoom is simply broken (multi-touch)
- "mm", "cm", etc units are supported in a strange and unusual way.
- they have given up on mxGraph "standalone" version, moving all development to diagrams.net
- the UI is really dated, looks like it's something from 199x
- lots of garbage, like IE6 support that doesn't work, rendering to VML and other crazy stuff (for 2020)

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Re: no activity in 4 days, is site up?
« Reply #27 on: December 17, 2020, 05:41:10 AM »
Good you’ve checked under the hood, sounds like doing a complex project on mxgraph will bring lots of issues with it.
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