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Visio 2010: Introducing Wireframe Shapes

Many software wireframes (aka software mockups) are built using Visio, and they can range from mobile software, interactive web sites, to enterprise application software. With Visio 2010, Microsoft refreshed Windows XP stencils by providing a brand new set of Wireframe shapes, generic and not specific to operating system. “To create a Wireframe Diagram, go to New > Software and Database > Wireframe Diagram. Similar to previous Windows XP UI shapes, Visio 2010 offer UI shapes for building dialogs, controls, and toolbars. What’s new however’s the addition of common UI icons for Windows, web, and multimedia applications. Customizing wireframe UI components’re easier than ever. Most Wireframe shapes’re resizable and offer options to customize visuals. Unlike previous Windows XP UI shapes, new Wireframe shapes also allow users to customize look of UI elements through Themes or formatting. With Containers, Wireframe shapes such as Dialog form, Application form, and Panel are built as Containers to “contain” any control that’s placed inside it. Also, Wireframe controls such as Tree Control, Drop-down Menus, List Box are shapes to utilize the new list feature, similar to Cross-functional Flowcharts and Data Graphic Legends.”


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