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Visio 2003 - Animating my connectors (or even shapes)

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I was wondering if there is any way that I could animate (at the least) my connectors on a Visio drawing please. It would be good to make shapes animate too (like glow), but I'd be happy with just connectors.

If not, could you recommend some easy to use add-in for Visio 2003.  The drawings have multiple layers.
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There isn't a built-in animation feature in Visio as there is in PowerPoint. You can, however, use the macro recorder to record the changes/movement you want in your animation and then reset the drawing and rerun the macro. Or you can write VBA code from scratch to accomplish the same thing.

Another alternative is to learn about the Visio Shapesheet. You can accomplish a lot with ShapeSheet formula, e.g., you can set formula to make shapes hide/appear, move, change color.... based on some action or event. The initial learning curve is a bit steep but the results can be pretty amazing. To get started along this path, I suggest going to the Visio Guy website and searching for "animation" -- you'll find quite a few posts on the topic.

I know you asked a question last week and learned about exporting from Visio to PPT...  but if you want to do animation directly in Visio, I think you'll need to follow either of the paths suggested above.
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Thanks Scott. That's a smart idea about using the macros for movement; I'll keep it in mind. Writing VBA code is something I only do if I really have to & have forgotten much of the little I learnt about it & would rely on this forum a lot to relearn.

I've been wondering about Shapesheet in Visio & will pursue that at the Visio Guy website (which I actually registered on yesterday).

I am using your macro from last week to Powerpoint & I love the idea for some files. However, I have found that some visio drawings do not work well because they end up being too fiddly to regroup & reanimate in PPT. These are the more complicated ones which end up with many little bits & pieces of parts & hard to successfully regroup.

With reference to the bigger picture (as mentioned in my last question) I have also since had a 'revelation' that I don't need to import Powerpoint into Captivate because I can use Adobe Acrobat Pro (although I have to learn the product) to gather all my training files into one 'spot' for presenting to trainees. Thus, why I ask about how much animation I can get Visio to do & just pull those files into Acrobat then follow them with the Captivate (s/w simulation) files.  Phew, it's a journey!

Your advice is excellent, as I can see via the Visio Guy website too.
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Glad to help.

Another excellent resource for fiddling the the ShapeSheet is the blog from another Visio MVP, John Goldsmith. He writes clear, articulate articles on a variety of topics, including his very first, which happens to be an overview on the ShapeSheet.

Chris (the Visio Guy) does a lot of ShapeSheet-related articles, too, as you've probably discovered.
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Wow!
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