Visio 2007 has many cool new features, and among the coolest are Data Linking and Data Graphics. These data features allow shapes to link to data-sources and graphically react to it. You can also add Data Callouts as adornments to existing shapes. The callouts display data next to a shape without visually changing the actual shape.
Of course, if you’re a Visio Guy like me, you won’t be content to sit back and use the pre-built Data Graphics supplied by The Man. You’ll want to roll up your sleeves and create your own, thank you very much.
So I’ve scoured the net to find resources that contain the nitty-gritties about Data Graphics. Have a look, and stay up all night!
Hardcore: Stuff for Developers
Visio Insights: Make your own Data Graphic – Text Callouts This article, from the experts inside of Microsoft, walks us through the creation of a text callout data graphic. The actual shape is quite basic, so you won’t get bogged down by details. When you’re through, your callout will interface with all the Data Graphic UI dialogs!
Building Custom Data Graphics for Visio 2007 This MSDN article contains 13+ printe pages that detail all the finer points that you’ll need to understand in order to create your own Data Graphic shapes.
Visio Insights: Customizing Data Graphics Another article from Visio Insights, this post describes how to modify an existing Data Graphic Text Callout. It explains how Visio stores Data Graphics, and issues about deployment as well.
From the Office Developer’s Conference, there is the Presentation on Building Solutions using the Visio 2007 Data API — just look for the paragraph under BI201: ”Visio 2007: New Data Visualization Capabilities and Solutions
Bill Morein has a three-part series on customizing data graphics. The titles give a hint as to what they deal with specifically:
- Visio 2007: Customizing Data Graphic Items
- Visio 2007: More on Customizing Data Graphic Items: Icon Set
- Visio 2007: More on Customizing Data Graphics: Icon Sets with Images
Data Graphics in General
If you still haven’t the foggiest idea of what I’m talking about but are tenacious enough to have read this far, then start with, Eric Rockey’s nice overview of just what the heck Data Graphics are: Data Graphics: visualizing data on your diagram and Data Link: getting data into your shapes.
Microsoft Office Online has an introductory video about data graphics: Demo: Let data tell its story with data graphics