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RF Stencils for Visio
v2 is now available
at the same
price as v1 - a mere $15!
Important: RF Stencils for Visio v2 will not work with Visio 5 or earlier
versions. It has been verified to work in Visio 2000 through 2010. See the known issues info
a the bottom of this page.
The original version 1 (v1) that is not colored can still
be purchased if desired for $15, since some people do not want color. Both sets of stencils can be had for $25,
and if you already have the first version, v2 can be gotten for an additional $10. If you want the
Shapes for Word as well, the entire set of three
costs just $35.
course if you have the non-colored version, you can always just add your own color. However, some of the newer symbols
have been changed a bit, and entirely new symbols have been added. Most of the stencils are for RF, microwave, and
wireless drawings, but a few are included for standard electronic schematics since often the two types are combined.
Visio has a lot of built-in symbols for electronics.
The block diagram at the right is an example of what can be done with the new symbols. Connection points are
provided on everything for exploiting Visio's built-in Connector lines that automatically follow a symbol if it
is moved on the page (it's easy enough to add them yourself to the v1 version). Combined with the selection of objects
supplied with the Visio software, everything you need to create presentation quality drawings is available.
ARRL Handbook Symbols!
The EIA standard equipment rack and test equipment stencils now have text that scales with the stencil as it
is varied. Doing so required modifying the ShapeSheets with an equation in the text size field. It was a lot of
work, but definitely worth the effort. The v1 stencils required you to manually re-size the text if you resized
the racks or TE. As with the other v2 components, color has been added to everything.
As with the v1 rack & TE stencils, they are built full-size at a 1:1 scale, so everything is directly measurable
without scaling. Your page size is set to the real-life size and everything will fit exactly as it would if you
printed it out full-size. Of course, you can tell Visio to print it to fit on a standard size piece of paper.
To right and left are screen captures of the actual Stencil windows that show all the available components. RF
Stencils for Visio v1 had two versions of most components - both horizontally and vertically oriented - in order
to accommodate the grouped text fields for parameter specification.
Rather than clutter the stencil selection with essentially redundant components, a single version is provided,
and the specification text, where applicable, is provided as a separate component. You can of course add your own
text objects to the drawing, just as you can add any other type of Visio built-in objects.
Cafe visitor Bob Stewart has generously made this fine handheld digital multimeter (DMM) Visio model available at
no charge. Click on the image to download it.
Says Bob: "I needed a Handheld DMM stencil, so I created one loosely modeled on a Fluke 289. Attached is
a *.vsd file containing two versions -- the "Original" is grouped, but editable; the Metafile version is scalable
(created by copying the original and doing a "Paste Special" in metafile format). "
How to open these stencils in Visio 2010?
** Make certain that the Color Themes are set to "None" **
In Visio 2013, you will probably need to change the File
Block Settings that have been added in 2013 for security purposes. Please see the Microsoft support page
for detailed instructions on
File Block Settings (it's easy to do).