BigPicture uses Excel shapes and connectors for its free-form maps. Those same shapes and connectors can be used to create maps and diagrams in Excel without BigPicture. So, you might ask, what’s the difference?
A lot, actually. In this series of blogs, we take you through some of the key benefits to using BigPicture vs “Excel-alone” for free-form diagramming in Excel:
Changing Shape Type
In BigPicture, if the type of a shape is changed (say from a rectangle to a circle), existing connectors stay attached to the new shape type at appropriate connection positions. When using Excel-alone, all connections are lost when the type of a shape is changed. The user must then manually re-attach connectors to the new shape type.
Collapse and Expand
In BigPicture, child shapes may be collapsed and hidden from view when the Collapse shape is clicked at a connection point, and expanded when the Expand shape is clicked. When using Excel-alone, there is no capability for “folding” or collapsing and expanding connections.