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Link to Product (Visio)



The Link to Product feature allows you to link any Visio shape to a SIX Product. You can then create a new Master Shape for use in Projects.

What are the benefits of this feature?


You can create your own custom Visio shapes or link third-party Visio shapes to your SIX Catalog, e.g. NetZoom.

When to use this feature?


When you want to link a shape to Products in your SIX Catalog.



Create or drag in a shape that you want to link to a Product. If you used multiple shapes to create your final shape, select them all choose to Group them:



On a Visio page, select the shape you want to link and right-click and choose D-Tools->Link to Product:



The Add Products form will open. Select a Product and then click the [Add and Close] button:



This shape is now linked to that Product within this Project and the Product has been added to the Project Editor.


In order to be able to re-use this shape on future Projects, you must create a new Master Shape. You can add the shape to an existing D-Tools Visio Stencil or you can create a new Stencil.

Creating a New Stencil


In the Visio Shapes window, select More Shapes->New Stencil (either US or Metric):



The Stencil will be created and will be open for edit. Drag your shape into the Stencil:


drag shape to new stencil.jpg


A new Master Shape will be created:



Rename the shape and then click the [Save] button:



In order for this Stencil to display with your SIX Visio Stencils you must navigate and save to the following folder on your machine:




Note: AppData is a hidden folder so you will need to change your Windows settings to show hidden files and folders.


Adding to existing Stencil


In the D-Tools Shapes window, right-click the Stencil you want to use and select Open Stencil:



The Stencil will open in the Shapes window. Right-click on the title bar of the Stencil and select Edit Stencil:


edit stencil.jpg


Drag your shape into the Stencil:


Click the [Save] button. There is no need to select a path since this Stencil already exists:




It is a good idea to now Lock the Stencil so if we (D-Tools) release updated Stencils, yours won't get overwritten.

Using the Shape(s)


Now you can use your custom Shape(s) just as you would any stock D-Tools Shape. If you drag the Shape directly to a Visio page, the Add Product form will open and be filtered to the Product you have assigned the shape, acting as a one-to-one relationship vs. a one-to-many. However, you can select any Product from your SIX Catalog simply by clicking the [Reset] button in the Filter and Query section of the ribbon:


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