Version 1.1: Update release on March 1, 2010.

About Flowchart Converter (Free Edition)
Flowchart Converter provides the capability to convert Microsoft® Office Excel®, Microsoft® Office Word®, and Microsoft® Office PowerPoint® documents to Microsoft® Office Visio® documents (*1), which are more suitable for sophisticated process diagram with data visualization capability.

*1) Please note that Flowchart Converter may not faithfully reproduce some documents. Flowchart Converter converts AutoShapes, illustrations (including Clip Art illustrations), and others.

Features of Flowchart Converter (Free Edition)
Flowchart Converter (Free Edition) is capable of the following:
  1. Capturing figures and flowcharts created with Excel, Word, and PowerPoint for use in Visio® documents;
  2. Retaining connector connection information;
  3. Allowing you to identify graphics that have not been successfully converted (using the log view feature)
Flowchart Converter is recommended for those who want to
  1. Create flowcharts for internal controls and business operations using Excel®, Word®, and/or PowerPoint® and want to make effective use of existing assets through Visio®, a software program that allows you to make more sophisticated graphical presentations; and/or
  2. Add a variety of graphics to existing documents created with Excel®, Word®, and/or PowerPoint®.


Conditions of Use for Flowchart Converter (Free Edition)
1. Restrictions on use
Before downloading Flowchart Converter, read and agree to the software license agreement.
By downloading the software, you have agreed to the license agreement.
2. About support
We provide no support for this tool. Please note that we cannot answer any questions.

Downloading and Installing the Software
  (1) Click the Download button for the setup file shown below (setupflowconv.zip) to download the software to the desired folder.
  (2) Extract the files from the downloaded setupflowconv.zip file using a decompression tool.
     This creates the setupflowconv folder.
     (For Windows VistaR, right-click setupflowconv.zip and select [Extract All…] to decompress the file.)
  (3) Carefully read the Install Flowchart Converter section of OperatingManual.doc for Flowchart Converter (Free Edition)
     located in the setupflowconv folder to install the tool.

  Before downloading Flowchart Converter (Free Edition), read the following software license agreement.


System Requirements
- Microsoft® Windows® 7 or Microsoft® Windows Vista® (SP2 or greater),
- Microsoft® .NET Framework 3.5 (SP1 or greater)

Supported Visio® Versions (required)
- Microsoft® Visio® 2010
* Visio® must be installed with the .NET Programmability Support feature.

Supported Excel Versions
- Microsoft® Office Excel® 2010 and 2007 (SP2 or greater) and 2003 (SP3 or greater)
* To convert Excel documents, Excel must be installed on your PC.

Supported Word Versions
- Microsoft® Office Word® 2010 and 2007 (SP2 or greater) and 2003 (SP3 or greater)
* To convert Word documents, Word must be installed on your PC.

Supported PowerPoint Versions
- Microsoft® Office PowerPoint® 2010 and 2007 (SP2 or greater) and 2003 (SP3 or greater)
* To convert PowerPoint documents, PowerPoint must be installed on your PC.

Setup file (operating manual included)
 setupflowconv.zip (approx. 0.97 MB)

Version history
1.1 (March 1, 2010)
New features.
- Added supports for Excel® 2010, Word® 2010, and PowerPoint® 2010.
- Now supports for Visio® 2010 only. (Visio® 2007 is not supported.)
1.0.2 (March 5, 2009)
Fixes the following issue
- The custom menu of other add-ins might not be displayed.
1.0.1 (February 16, 2009)
Fixes the following issue
- The displaying text was displayed in Japanese, except when the display language was English.
1.0 (January 15, 2009)
First release.



Frequently Asked Questions
Q. The tool does not successfully install itself.
A. The possible causes include the following:
Case 1) Microsoft® .NET Framework 3.5 or later is not installed.
Install Microsoft® .NET Framework 3.5 or later.
.NET Framework is downloadable through Microsoft® Windows Update.
For more information, visit the site of the distributor - Microsoft Corporation.

Case 2) Visio® is not installed with the .NET Programmability Support feature.
If Visio® is installed prior to the .NET Framework, the .NET Programmability Support feature may not have been installed.
To install the .NET Programmability Support feature:

(1) From the [Programs and Features] list in Control Panel, select [Microsoft Visio 2010] and click the [Change] button.

(2) Select [Add or Remove Features] and click [Continue].

(3) On the feature selection screen, set Microsoft® Office, Microsoft® Office Visio®, and .NET Programmability Support to [Run from My Computer] and click [Continue].

* If you have changed the configuration using the steps above, uninstall Flowchart Converter and then reinstall it.

Q. The Flowchart Converter button is not displayed.
A. The possible causes include the following:
Case 1) Visio® 2010 is not configured to permit the use of add-ins.
From the Visio® menu, select [File] > [Options]. On the [Add-ins] tab, clear [Disable all Application Add-ins (may impair functionality)].

Case 2) Visio® 2010 is not configured to permit the use of automation events
From the Visio® menu, select [File] > [Options]. On the [Advanced] tab, check [Enable Automation events].



Conversion of Shapes

○: Converted to Visio® Shape
●: Converted via Clipboard
×: No conversion is performed.
Shape Type Conversion
AutoShape ○ (*)
Text box
Callout
Line, connector
Other AutoShapes
Group ○ (*)
Canvas ○ (*)
Placeholder ○ (*)
Picture ● (*)
Graph
Chart
Freeform
Table ● (*)
Smart art
Text effects
Embedded OLE object ● (*)
Form control ×
Comment ×
Ink ×
Ink comment ×
Linked OLE object ×
Linked picture ×
Media ×
OLE control object ×
Script anchor ×

* For more information about the conversion, see the operating manual for Flowchart Converter (Free Edition).


Inquiries
Please note that we cannot answer any questions about Flowchart Converter (Free Edition).


Paid Edition
We are planning to release paid edition of Flowchart Converter in the future.
The paid edition of Flowchart Converter provides some features that are not available in the free edition.

[Features available in the paid edition]
- You can convert a specific range of a single sheet. (Excel only)
- You can convert more than one file or page with one operation.
- You can convert each type of AutoShape to a specific type of Visio® shape by editing mapping information.
And others...


Company Info.
This software is developed by Meister Corporation. We are a leading partner of Microsoft® Office Visio® development in Japan.




* Microsoft, Windows, Windows Vista, Visio, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint are registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries.