14. Using Data

In This Chapter

What kind of secret data are shapes carrying around?

Can I create my own shape data?

How can I let shape data speak for itself using text in my shapes?

How do I generate reports to see shape data in one place?

SmartShapes have the potential to contain an amazing amount of data called, oddly enough, shape data. Data can include names, numbers, descriptions, sizes, quantities, and so on. Imagine how much more impact your Visio drawings can wield when you understand how to use this often-hidden data.

This chapter considers how shape data is accessed and how you can put it to work. You also look at how to create your own types of shape data that enable you to capture data relevant to you and your business. ...

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