About Visio 2007 and Databases

Shapes are a visual representation of what can be considered a flat-file database. That is, each shape represents one record. Each shape’s data (including shape data and ShapeSheet data) represents one field in a record. A data value corresponds to the value of a field in a shape record. If you’re more accustomed to thinking in spreadsheet terms, each shape is like a row, every type of shape data or ShapeSheet cell is like a column, and each value is a cell’s content. Because Visio 2007 organizes shape information in this fashion, it’s easy to export data from shapes as well as link external data sources to shapes.

Visio 2007 includes several commands and wizards for exchanging data. This chapter focuses primarily ...

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