Visio 2010 - Curved continious fiber run

Posted on 2011-05-10
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I have a imported cad floor plan and need to document my fiber optic runs on the plan showing their distance from closet to closet.  I am using the Optical Fiber shape and have the long run down my hall drawn and labeled with the distance of the straight line.  Now I cannot figure out how to turn the corner into my closets off the hall straight run and have it be one continuous piece showing the distance overall between closets rather than 3 straight lines each with its own measurement.
Question by:wds690
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    Hi wds,

    You might stop using the optical fiber shape, and instead use the line tool or pencil tool to draw a path. You can use these tools to alter the vertices and arc points of the fiber later as well. These tools are in a drop-down list next to the pointer tool on the Home tab in Visio 2010.

    If you are using Visio 2010, you can then insert a formula to display the length of the shape:

    1. Go to Insert > Field
    2. Select Custom formula
    3. In the Custom formula text box, enter a formula like:

          =FORMAT(0 in+PATHLENGTH(Geometry1.Path),"0.00u")

    The "0.00u" specifies the formatting, forcing two decimal places. Use "##" if you want to only show two decimals if they exist. The u indicates you want to show unites.

    Notice also that 0 in+ just before the PATHLENGTH function. The function seems to have a small bug where the "0.00u" formatting still doesn't show the units. So you can explicitly set the units by prepending zero of any unit you wish onto the express. So you could type 0 mm + or 0 ft + or 0 m + or 0 cm + if you wanted to display millimeters, feet, meters or centimeters.

    You can reposition the text using the Text Block tool, also in the Tools group on the Home ribbon tab.

    Author Comment

    While this does work well if the line is straight, the issue now becomes that the label ends up sitting in the middle of what appears to be a large box, no where near the line.
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    Expert Comment

    Hence the last sentence in my post above.

    Here's a bit of a before-after

     Using Visio's text block tool

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