No matter how good of a picture I have when I insert it into Visio 2013 Pro, it is blurry.

I get blue prints as JPG PNG BMP but no matter how good the quality of the picture, after it is inserted into Visio none of the words can be read.  I even used a 600 dpi 36"X24" crystal clean blueprint and it still looked blurry or pixilated in Visio.  What's the deal with this $300 software?  I can open up the bmp png jpg in previewer and it looks great zoomed in by the way.
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Thanks. So it seems like MS has completely dropped solving this issue.

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1. Install KB Update: 
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2883049
2. Edit in Regedit (Detailed Instructions in Step 1&3 Link):

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Visio\Application

DWORD Value: SupportHighResImage=1

3. Install KB Fix:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2881079

Anyway, it's been a long time since MS handled this fix

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KB2883049 + KB2881079 + registry fix = not a solution.

It doesn't solve the problems in Visio.

The problem is also not fixed in Visio 2016.

Does anyone have a solution?

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That improves it a lot actually (less chunky, no bad jpeg artifacts), but it still looks poor compared to the original (jagged, lower resolution). Just not as horrific as with the standard settings.

And I'm only talking a 300dpi image I have. And The paper size has scaled to the picture size correctly too. Incredible...

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I struggle with this problem too! Here's what I did - hope it helps someone else.

  • I installed KB2883049
  • added HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Visio\Application DWORD Value: SupportHighResImage=1
    • I had to add the Visio and Application keys - I didn't have Visio in 15.0
  • I tried to install KB2881079 but got the error "There are no products affected by this package installed on this system"
    • So I tried this http://www.windowstechinfo.com/2013/09/solved-outlook2010-kb2459115-fullfile.html

But I still get very blury images when:

  • using the Insert tab, 'Pictures' option
  • dragging/dropping an image directly from File Explorer

BUT! I have found that if I first open the image in Photoshop, select all, copy, then PASTE the image into Visio I get full res! Woo!

A large high res image does seem to slow visio down very quickly, so something is still not right, but at least I can actually complete some work now!

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