Re: Uses of Visio?

Subject: Re: Uses of Visio?
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2009 12:24:59 -0700

I installed all the templates that were available in the version my
former employer bought, and downloaded some more from

I eventually beat it into submission. It's just not the best tool for
simple ad-hoc one-off drawings.

On Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 11:30 PM, Daniel Ng <kjng -at- gprotechnologies -dot- com> wrote:
> Try installing the Visio application again.
> This time, select the CUSTOM and be sure to select additional
> templates/shapes/stencils that fir your need. This should fit and enrich
> your and any tech writer or system analysts diagramming work bench.
> Dan
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Robert Lauriston [mailto:robert -at- lauriston -dot- com]
> Sent: Thursday, September 17, 2009 12:52 AM
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: Re: Uses of Visio?
> I was using 2003. They're not bugs, the program's meant to work that way.
> Could be there was a more appropriate template for generic drawings that my
> company hadn't purchased.
> On Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 9:48 AM, Dan Goldstein
> <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com> wrote:
>> Which version of Visio are you using? I've been using Visio 2003, and
>> I haven't experienced any of the four bugs you describe below.
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: Robert Lauriston
>>> Sent: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 11:46 AM
>>> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
>>> Subject: Re: Uses of Visio?
>>> When I want a simple diagram (e.g. a block diagram showing the
>>> relationship between and data flows among components in a
>>> client-server application), typically I've found that Visio won't let
>>> me simply do what I want. It won't let me draw the kind of arrow I
>>> want between two boxes, it won't make labels the size I want them to
>>> be, when I move one object it automatically rearranges the rest
>>> inappropriately, when I make any change to the drawing it resizes the
>>> page size back to the default, effectively shrinking the drawing in
>>> the linked OLE object in FrameMaker.

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