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Chapter 13, Packaging Stencils and Templates

Chapter 13, Packaging Stencils and Templates

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Masters, stencils, and templates make up the package that a graphic solution comes in. Not every solution requires all three, but your solution might if it includes many new or customized shapes, and you plan to distribute them to users. In addition, you can include your own Help files to assist your users. Before you distribute your masters, stencils, and templates to others, it's important to test them thoroughly. Only by testing can you ensure that every component of your Microsoft® Visio® solution is easy for users to understand and use.

This chapter explains how to put the finishing touches on masters, stencils, and templates. It also describes how to add Help for shapes and includes detailed lists for testing your work based on the methods used by the Visio quality assurance staff.

In this chapter…

Designing Custom Shapes for Distribution

Testing Masters

Adding Help for Your Custom Solution

Finishing and Testing a Stencil

Finishing and Testing a Template

Installing Stencils and Templates