Frequently Asked Questions

Shapes and stencils

  • If there is an msi file available then this always the best option for use with Visio 2013 - 2016 or 2019. An msi installer file will fully integrate the stencils and any templates within Visio. However, there are occasions where an msi file cannot be used e.g. in some work environments where there are restrictions on features being installed in this way. In this case you can download and install the zip file version. The stencils will not be fully integrated with Visio but will still be available from the Shapes menu. For Visio 2003 - 2007 or 2010 the ZIP file is the one to choose.

  • All our Visio shapes are designed to be used with any version of Visio from Visio 2003 onwards viz. Visio 2003, Visio 2007, Visio 2010, Visio 2013, Visio 2016 and Visio 2019.
    VSS format files can be read by all versions of Visio
    VSX format can also be read by all versions of Visio but can no longer be written in this format in Visio 2013, 2016 and 2019.
    VSSX format files are the new format for Visio 2013, 2016 and 2019.

  • Various alternatives to Visio are able to install these shapes. Your program's instructions will tell you which file formats can be used. This will usually be the VSX file format but VSS and/or VSSX may be possible. You will need to download the zip files of these stencil formats.

  • If the demo shapes are all you need then that is fine. Just use them!

  • Yes, you may. Best not to provide all the stencils to the client though!

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