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README.md

VMware Stencils for Visio and OmniGraffle

Visio for Windows

Procedure:

  1. Download and extract the attached archive: vmw_stencils-<release>.zip.
  2. Save the following Visio stencil files to C:\Users\<Username>\Documents\My Shapes. Microsoft Visio will recognize all stencil files in the My Shapes folder.
    • Template: vmw_template.vstm
    • Icons: vmw_icons.vssx
    • Colors and Boxes: vmw_colors.vssx
  3. Open the template file in Microsoft Visio.
  4. Load the stencils.
    • In the Shapes panes, click More Shapes and select Open Stencil.
    • In the Open Stencil dialog box, select both stencil files, and then select Open.

Result:

You can now drag and drop the required stencils to your canvas and create diagrams.

OmniGraffle for Mac

Procedure:

  1. Download and extract the attached archive: vmw_stencils-<release>.zip.
  2. The archive includes the following files for OmniGraffle:
    • Palette: vmw.clr
    • Icons: vmw_icons.gstencil
    • Colors and Boxes: vmw_color.gstencil
  3. From Finder, select the Go menu, and choose Go to Folder.
  4. Type /~Library/.
  5. Navigate to the following folder: /Library/Containers/com.omnigroup.OmniGraffle7/Data/Library/Application Support/The Omni Group/OmniGraffle/Stencils.
  6. Create a folder named VMware and copy both the Icons and the Colors and Boxes stencil files to it: vmw_icons.gstencil and vmw_color.gstencil
  7. Open OmniGraffle and click the stencil icon.
  8. Scroll down and you can access the stencils.
  9. From Finder, select the Go menu, and choose Go to Folder.
  10. Navigate to the folder /Library/Colors.
  11. Copy the Palette file to this folder: vmw.clr

Result:

You can now drag and drop the required stencils to your canvas and create diagrams.

Diagrams.net (draw.io) web and desktop app

  1. Download and extract the attached archive: vmw_stencils-<release>.zip.
  2. Drag and drop the Visio files for icons and Colors and Boxes files into the app.
    • Icons: vmw_icons.vssx
    • Colors and Boxes: vmw_colors.vssx

Result:

You can now drag and drop the required stencils to your canvas and create diagrams.

Dos and Don'ts:

  • Do use the Metropolis font.
  • Do create the text blocks first to determine if a design can fit in the maximum width when a graphic may contain a lot of text
  • Do not use a type size smaller than 11 points.
  • Do not scale the icons and shapes. They will appear different than all other graphics in the documentation.
  • Do not use different paper formats. It may cause problems with the graphic appearance.

NOTE: All official diagrams are provided in the product documentation found at docs.vmware.com.

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