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Hi,

I want to provide a tool to a client to draw charts in a custom style (company guidelines).

I thought Visio could come in handy to do that, but how do I create some chart-alike shapes with a nice lay-out (bevel, dropshadow, ...) in order to be reused by the client?

So, to summarize:
1) how to build shapes?
2) how to "provide" them in the best way to a client? (can shapes be installed? are there templates?)
3) can they contain pixel images (e.g. for nice bevels, shadows, ...) or does Vision only support vector format?


Any hints, links, scenarios to get me started would be nice!

tnx,
Gert
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Here are two very good sources for you  whop are starting.
one you deliver your custom STENCILS which are collections of shapes and this information is in here:

Create your own custom stencils in Microsoft Visio - Enterprise ...... You simply drag and drop these shapes into your drawing to ... need isn't available and you have to draw your own. ... you can put it into a custom stencil you create. ...
asia.cnet.com/itmanager/tech/0,39006407,39117002,00.htm  

AND HERE IS SOME INFO IN HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN SHAPES.

Streamline diagramming with custom shapes in Visio... Custom shapes from default stencil groupings When I first found out that you could create your own custom shapes in Visio, I thought, “So what? ...
techrepublic.com.com/5100-6329-1048682-1-1.html - 35k  

Chapter 2, Creating Visio Shapes (Microsoft Visio 2002 Automation ...... Chapter 2, Creating Visio Shapes. ... other programs, convert metafiles into shapes, scan images to use as shapes, and adapt existing shapes for your own use. ...
msdn.microsoft.com/library/en-us/ devref/HTML/DVS_02_Visio_Shape_Basics_503.asp

Also it would be useful to find out the version of visio you're using to point you in the right direction
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the first link is very useful and includes step by step instructions if the link does not work for you you can try:
http://asia.cnet.com/enterprise/apps/0,39035809,39117002-39000221c-1,00.htm
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