Andrew Becraft wrote: > Rick Quatro wrote: > > I am not familiar with Visio, so I can't suggest a graphic > format, but > > perhaps you can use EPS or PDF. > > I've never had good luck with embedding my Visio diagrams as > OLE objects. I've generally used WMF, but sometimes Visio > refuses to save as WMF and I have to use EMF or EPS instead.
Older versions of Visio had some notoriously bad export filters, especially for EPS. I don't know about Visio 2003's filters. I've only been using it a few months, and I don't export graphics files from it. I use -- and strongly recommend -- PDF. When I upgraded to Acrobat 7, it found Visio (along with other Office applications) and integrated itself -- adding a menu with PDF create and config commands, buttons to create PDFs, etc. It works flawlessly and lets me create multipage PDFs from my multipage drawings (I have some Visio files with a dozen or more pages each). Then, in FM, I choose the PDF from which to import (by ref, of course) and the specific page. In no time at all, I imported about four dozen flow diagrams from five different PDFs created from multipage Visio files. Now that they're in FM, when I change a drawing, I just click a button to recreate the PDF (overwriting the existing one), and my FM file is updated. You need Acro 7 to get the Visio integration (and, I believe, Visio 2003 or 2002). You can do the same workflow with earlier versions, but it requires printing to Distiller -- not quite as effortless, and you don't have some of the advanced options, such as maintaining layers, links, and metadata. HTH! Richard ------ Richard G. Combs Senior Technical Writer Polycom, Inc. richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom 303-223-5111 ------ rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom 303-777-0436 ------