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Part 6: Inside the Visio Platform > Making Shapes Smart

Chapter 25. Making Shapes Smart

Using the ShapeSheet Window735
Writing ShapeSheet Formulas740
Exploring Shape Geometry746
Defining Double-Click Actions for Shapes747
Adding Shortcut Commands to Shapes750


It’s not a simple task to describe what makes a shape smart. The problem is that a truly smart shape requires no thought from the user. A door shape snaps into place on a wall. A background sizes to fit a page. The shape simply works as expected. So how do you describe something so transparent? The fact is, shape designers think long and hard about how to improve shape functionality, and often the smartest shapes in terms of the way they’re programmed are the easiest to use. That’s the SmartShapes conundrum.


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