If this works, it will save me Weeks of Frustration!
January 20, 2011 10:05 AM Subscribe
Does anyone know how to insert an automatically updating visio diagram into a Word file without it looking like complete crap?
posted by katyjack to computers & internet (2 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So I've got a long set of wireframes and screen flow diagrams that I've created in Visio 2003 (yes, I know). The file itself is somewhat complex - lots of background pages that build on other background pages, etc. I would like to be able to take a single wireframe or diagram into Word, insert it as an OLE object, write lots of interesting text to explain it, and then have the diagram automatically update itself if I update it.
Here's what I've tried that hasn't worked. My friend Google has been no use to me, fyi.
- Inserting the visio file as an Object hasn't worked; I want the diagram in question to display and that just displays an icon of file -- I assume this is because the file has multiple pages.
- Printing the page to a pdf and then inserting the pdf as a linked object has worked, however, the inserted diagram is all scrunched up and looks like crap.
- Saving as a jpg looks good, but doesn't update. Same with Copying from Visio and pasting in.
The pdf approach is the only thing that works in terms of updating automatically, but it looks so bad as to be unacceptable. I'm about to give up on this dream but thought I'd throw it out here before giving up entirely.
I'm going to research Word macros - which I know nothing about - next to see if I can at least fake what I want with those so if you know anything about that, any tips would be oh-so-welcome.