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Hi All,
I have just updated from Visio 2007 to Visio for office 365 and came across a new feature called "Create from Data". which allows the creation of flow charts completely from external data.
I was particularly interested in the ability to select the shape bases on the external data and was wondering if there is any way to expand this to other drawing types such as rack layout or network drawings, etc?
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Yes, it is possible. I have done so in the past with very complicated network diagrams and Rack layouts using Excel spreadsheets as the source and VBA code to pull shapes from stencils and connect the shapes.

It was heaps of work though and is not a trivial exercise. Automating the process was massively beneficial and removes a lot of the drafting risk with the metadata associated with each shape.
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