Microsoft Visio 2002 is known for its drag and drop simplicity: to create a diagram, you drag a shape from a stencil into the drawing page. It’s that simple. Then, connect the shapes with lines. Add some text, and then print your diagram. You’re done — in just a couple of minutes!
Many people use Visio in exactly that way: straight out of the box, with no modification. But this is just one of the many ways Visio was designed to be used — there are others. Specifically, you can customize Visio, and you can program Visio, which are the topics of this book.
This book, Learn Microsoft Visio 2002 for the Advanced User, shows you many techniques for customizing Visio:
How to create and customize shapes, groups, masters, stencils, and template drawings.
How to use the ShapeSheet, and understand the meaning of sections and cells, as well as the unique features of the Custom Properties section.
How to export Visio data to an external database file, and how to set up a two-way link between the drawing and database file.
How to program Visio using Visual Basic for Applications.