In the first part of this series I explained how you can create layers and assign shapes to each layer to toggle the visibility of them as you manage your layers. The second part explained how you can use the Developer tab to add a command button to your drawing and even create custom User Forms using VBA. So now it is time to get to the final part of this series and explain the VBA code that gets all components to work together and offer users a simple interface to toggle the visibility of the layers.
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After explaining the manual configuration of visio layers in part 1, it is now time to add some VBA code to the mix and build ourselves a more user friendly interface to toggle the visibility (and printability) of the layers within a drawing.
In order to use the code I will provide, you’ll need to have VBA installed with your Visio installation and enable the use of Marco’s for your drawing.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves and start with the basics on how to setup Visio to work with VBA.
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I’m usually blogging about Citrix and/or RES Software products and my experiences implementing and designing SBC and VDI solutions with those products. This blog will however deal with a different tool … one that I use alot during the design phase of projects to ensure all parties are talking about the same components and their inter relationships, whether they have a technical background or not. A (simplified) picture still is more powerfull than 1000 words.
In order to create a sort of design poster to start the discussion with all parties involved I am a big fan of Microsoft Visio, which still does not have a good Open Source alternative to combine multiple views into one drawing. And with views I mean the option to show different components, other connections of special shape groups with just a couple of clicks by unleashing the power of layers
So let me explain the way I’m using different layers within one Visio drawing to provide specialized views to different parties within a project in this blog