Microsoft Office Visio 2003 Software Development Kit (SDK) now available!!! February 12th, 2004

Vinod Kumar

The Microsoft Office Visio 2003 Software Development Kit (SDK) is now available. The free software kit can be downloaded from the Visio developer Web site on MSDN (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=557120BD-B0BB-46E7-936A-B8539898D44D&displaylang=en)

The Visio 2003 SDK contains:

• New tools such as the Visio ShapeStudio (user interface for specifying, creating, building, testing, localizing, and maintaining solutions based on Microsoft Office Visio SmartShapes) as well as the solution publishing tool (user interface to generate entries to insert in the PublishComponent table in a Windows Installer file for publishing Visio content).

• Updates to existing tools, namely the Persist Events tool, Event Monitor, Print ShapeSheet, type libraries for the APIs that Visio exposes as well as C++ library helper files, and Visual Studio 6.0 and Visual Studio.NET 2003 wizards.

• VB, VB.NET and C# reusable methods and procedures for common Visio programming tasks, like dropping shapes, working with custom properties and working with SolutionXML. We added new samples, including managed code versions of samples, and updated existing samples.

• Flowchart sample application in VB, VB.NET and C#.

• Managed code tutorial in VB.NET, complete with step-by-step documentation and corresponding Visual Studio projects.

• Treeview sample application in VB.NET demonstrating how to create a hierarchical document and a treeview.

• Office Plan sample application in C# demonstrating how to use the Visio ActiveX control from a winform.

• Flowchart automation sample application from Excel in VB, VB.NET, and C#.

• Documentation that includes the Automation Reference, ShapeSheet reference, Save As Web Page reference, and XML reference for Visio 2003. In addition, there is a new article on viewing, editing and saving AutoCAD files in Visio 2003 and updated articles describing add-ons and add-ins and using universal names and syntax

The tools, documentation and sample code will drive faster and more reliable development as well as best practices on the Visio platform. The Visio team is proud to provide an SDK has great content for all Visio developers, especially the Visio developer who is new or moderately experienced with Visio automation.

Thanks Abhishek Kant (India MVP-Lead) for the Information …

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