Visio By DPTPB: Reducing size of Picture Alignment Box

Last year when I was working on the official Nutanix stencil set, I discovered a new way of reducing the size of  complex (background) images. In post Visio by DPTPB: Reducing size of complex Visio shapes V2 I described how to:

  • Take an existing single object Visio background image
  • Ungroup it to many individual Visio objects
  • Make required changes to individual objects or add new individual objects
  • Convert group of individual images back to single image again

Above technique is based on using “Windows Enhanced Metafile” images and “Paste Special” feature.

Why is this technique beneficial?

Resulting single object image is (much) less complex and (much,much) faster to use than image made of multiple objects. A good way to optimize your complex Visio shapes (and reverse engineer and modify existing third party Visio shapes).

Unfortunately there was a tiny issue with the solution…

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Reducing size of complex Visio shapes


UPDATE: There is much better way of doing this, by using Windows Enhanced Metafile instead of Scalable Vector Graphics.

When making my custom Nutanix stencil package I ran into problems with shape sizes. Larger shape sizes increase the time to pull the shape from stencil to drawing. The more complex shape (with multiple sub-shapes) you have the larger it will be.  Some of my original Nutanix shapes became so large that it took few minutes to pull shape into a drawing.

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