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Draw Visio 2010 network diagram 3D at 30 degrees

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Hi,

I want to create my network diagrams at 30 degrees. Visio network objects appear to be draw in 3D and at 30 degrees but, does anyone know how I can draw my lines and floor rectanglar objects all at 30 degrees like shown in this video and diagram?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0l24fUeuJM&feature=related

http://blogs.technet.com/b/dkucblog/archive/2011/03/15/lync-2010-edge-diagram.aspx

Thanks.
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Hello,

Yes thats correct, the objects appear 3d but connectors are 2d. You need to download some isometric stencils.

Try to get "Oblique Connectors" you can download them here, these are for Visio 2007 but should work with 2010 too.

http://www.visguy.com/2007/10/29/oblique-connectors-for-your-3d-diagrams/
Look at the bottom of the page.

Another option is to install 3d addon for Visio 2010, 3D VISIONER NETWORK but this is a paid version. Trial can be accessed here for free for testing.


 
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Have a look at 3d visioner network, link for trial

http://www.wisedimensions.com/get/download.shtml

Perhaps a bit too much for simple needs, but its cool. You can always draw 2d layout in visio and then visualize in 3d for any angle you want for a reference.
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Thanks for the links,

I have downloaded the oblique connector, however that only contains the connector object. I would like to know how to draw a rectangle on a 30 degree angle as well. Any ideas?

Thanks.
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You can create isometric rectangles in Visio  yourself.
This is a nice tutorial on how to do it:
http://vinf.net/2009/03/10/the-art-of-network-diagrams-visio-2007/

Also get download ISO Grid for creating 3D Isometric Topology diagrams from here, it might help to start:
http://www.visiocafe.com/templates.htm

I also recommend to check out this page, its not exactly about networking diagrams but perhaps you
can utilize something, if nothing, it have 2 isometric fonts included, which you can use to type in comments / description.

http://www.visguy.com/2008/06/25/free-isometric-piping-shapes-for-visio/


The Visio drawing you seen on youtube was most likely created in other vector or 3d capable graphic application then exported and imported into the Visio, but with little luck you can do it yourself.

As far as I know Visio does not support isometric drawings, all you can do is just get stencils which been created in another graphic application to look 3d.
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Worth of checking this out. Nice software which can exactly do what you need.
http://www.edrawsoft.com/3d-network.php
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