Lots of interesting Visio-related news this week.
Visio team's blog has moved
URL for the new blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visio/
Visio 2013 Preview was Announced and Released
The release was covered in several places
A Visual Tour
The Visio team will blog about the new features, but in the meanwhile, I've installed it and assembled some screenshots and samples so you can explore the preview without actually installing it.
Keep in mind I am running on Windows 8 Release Preview, so there may be a few difference in what you experience on Windows 7.
Start Menu and Icons
Let's open the Welcome to Visio template.
Notice the pin icon.
Now I see a preview of the template:
Then click Create
The drawing opens up like this
By the way, ignore the POWER TOOLS tab in the ribbon, that's an Add-In I created and not part of Visio.
RIGHT CLICK ON SHAPE
This is amazing. Click on Format Shape and you'll see this pop up on the right.
Expand the options …
Let's check out Gradient Fill
Oh my. We're about to get taken to a dream world of magic
And hey, what is this Gradient Line option?
What is this strange icon I've never seen before …
This can't be happening.
Welcome to the New Visio indeed