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Chapter 7. Using Visio Diagrams with Oth... > Exporting Shapes and Diagrams

Exporting Shapes and Diagrams

If you plan to use shapes as a Web graphic, or if you want to distribute a diagram to someone who doesn’t have Visio or the Visio Viewer, you can export the contents of a drawing file as a graphic file. Visio can save files in many different formats, including JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, WMF, EMF, and several less common formats. You can also save your Visio diagram as an HTML file.

Which format should you use? It depends, of course, on how you plan to use the diagram. If you want to include shapes as Web graphics, save them as GIF, JPEG, or PNG files. If the shapes are to be used in a document that will be professionally printed, save them as TIFF files. For use in other Windows applications, save them as WMF or EMF files. A general guideline is to consider whether you’ll need to edit the shapes after exporting them. If you export shapes as a graphic in bitmap format (which includes BMP, TIFF, and JPEG files), the graphic cannot be edited easily in other nonimage editing applications. If you export shapes in a vector graphic format, such as WMF and EMF, you probably can edit them in other applications.


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