Can anyone tell me where to find the older Visio shapes and templates

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I've just installed Visio 2013 and can't stand the look of the shapes for systems architecture (servers, workstations, databases, etc). I remember Visio diagrams using 3D shapes with a rounded, colourful look that gave the diagram some personality. The new shapes are accurate, but have all the charm of a cardboard box.

Can anyone tell me where to find the older Visio shapes and templates?

Best Answer

Found them, thanks to http://www.nogeekleftbehind.com/2013/08/17/download-even-more-free-visio-network-stencils/

Microsoft provides these as downloads:

Microsoft Exchange 2010 Visio Stencil: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=6977

Lync Server 2010 Visio Stencil ...?id=20891 (I can't post more than two links)

I haven't tried loading these into Visio 2013 yet, but my understanding is that the file formats for Visio are stable from Visio 2003 forwards so it should be fine.