Data Graphics clipped by rounded corners

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Jens Gyldenkærne Clausen

Hi group. Very new to Visio, I've stumbled upon a problem I can't
solve. I'm making a network chart with a rounded shape containing a
couple of server icons. I am using data graphics both on the server
icons and on the shape, but I'm having problems placing the shape's
data graphic nicely.

I would like to have the data shown within the shape - either at the
bottom or below the heading. However, the data graphic placement
options are appearantly totally unaware of the surrounding shape. If I
choose "Top" the text is hidden behind the heading. If I choose
"bottom" the text is placed nicely at the bottom, but the shape's
rounded corners are clipping both the label (to the left) and the value
(to the right), making the result hard to read and rather ugly.

I can place the label and value outside the shape and make it work, but
it puzzles me that I can't get it to work the way I wan't it. I have
also tried to remove the rounded corners, but although I can adjust
several settings in the "line" properties, it doesn't seem to have any
kind of effect.

I'm working with Visio 2007 SP1 in Danish (hope my translations are
more or less correct).
 
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Barb Way

Yes - the options for positioning of items such as Text fields are somewhat
limited.
I used an ellipse to test with, and my result is that the text overlays the
shape and 'hangs off' the sides. So the text of the data graphic is
visible, but somewhat obscured with the edge of my shape.

One work around that I found was to change the 'Fill Type' of the text
field to 'Filled' instead of the default 'None'. This creates a colored
block to contain that part of the data graphic, which makes it very
visible, and works nicely with Themes as well. Not quite the goal you were
seeking, but it may help.


Barb Way
Product Support - Visio
Microsoft Corporation
[This posting is provided "As Is" with no warranties, and confers no
rights.]
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Hi group. Very new to Visio, I've stumbled upon a problem I can't
solve. I'm making a network chart with a rounded shape containing a
couple of server icons. I am using data graphics both on the server
icons and on the shape, but I'm having problems placing the shape's
data graphic nicely.

I would like to have the data shown within the shape - either at the
bottom or below the heading. However, the data graphic placement
options are appearantly totally unaware of the surrounding shape. If I
choose "Top" the text is hidden behind the heading. If I choose
"bottom" the text is placed nicely at the bottom, but the shape's
rounded corners are clipping both the label (to the left) and the value
(to the right), making the result hard to read and rather ugly.

I can place the label and value outside the shape and make it work, but
it puzzles me that I can't get it to work the way I wan't it. I have
also tried to remove the rounded corners, but although I can adjust
several settings in the "line" properties, it doesn't seem to have any
kind of effect.

I'm working with Visio 2007 SP1 in Danish (hope my translations are
more or less correct).
 
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Barb Way

FYI - The effect we see here is caused by the use of the Alignment Box to
calculate positions of a data graphic in / around a shape. In other words,
even though you have a rectangle with rounded corners, the alignment box
(on which the shape sizing handles are located) is always a rectangle. So
the lower left corner, for instance, is in the same place, and the data
graphic stays in the same place.

With this in mind, I have another idea that you can consider...

- Depending on the complexity of your shapes, you could use the Pencil Tool
to manually edit the object, and enlarge the edge/sides/etc. enough to
prevent the visual overlap. Not elegant, to be sure. Also, this could
cause problems if your shapes' true sizes are important.


Barb Way
Product Support - Visio
Microsoft Corporation
[This posting is provided "As Is" with no warranties, and confers no
rights.]
--------------------

Yes - the options for positioning of items such as Text fields are somewhat
limited.
I used an ellipse to test with, and my result is that the text overlays the
shape and 'hangs off' the sides. So the text of the data graphic is
visible, but somewhat obscured with the edge of my shape.

One work around that I found was to change the 'Fill Type' of the text
field to 'Filled' instead of the default 'None'. This creates a colored
block to contain that part of the data graphic, which makes it very
visible, and works nicely with Themes as well. Not quite the goal you were
seeking, but it may help.


Barb Way
Product Support - Visio
Microsoft Corporation
[This posting is provided "As Is" with no warranties, and confers no
rights.]
--------------------


Hi group. Very new to Visio, I've stumbled upon a problem I can't
solve. I'm making a network chart with a rounded shape containing a
couple of server icons. I am using data graphics both on the server
icons and on the shape, but I'm having problems placing the shape's
data graphic nicely.

I would like to have the data shown within the shape - either at the
bottom or below the heading. However, the data graphic placement
options are appearantly totally unaware of the surrounding shape. If I
choose "Top" the text is hidden behind the heading. If I choose
"bottom" the text is placed nicely at the bottom, but the shape's
rounded corners are clipping both the label (to the left) and the value
(to the right), making the result hard to read and rather ugly.

I can place the label and value outside the shape and make it work, but
it puzzles me that I can't get it to work the way I wan't it. I have
also tried to remove the rounded corners, but although I can adjust
several settings in the "line" properties, it doesn't seem to have any
kind of effect.

I'm working with Visio 2007 SP1 in Danish (hope my translations are
more or less correct).
 

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