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Link Visio Shapes to Amazon S3 Data

Automatically update Amazon S3 data with the changes you make to Visio master shapes.

Automate the process of entering data into Visio diagrams and keeping your diagrams up to date with the CData ODBC Driver for Amazon S3. The driver surfaces Amazon S3 data as an ODBC data source that can be accessed by applications with built-in ODBC support like Microsoft Office. This article shows how to create a simple diagram to start brainstorming about Visio projects linked to Amazon S3 data.

Connect to Amazon S3 as an ODBC Data Source

If you have not already, first specify connection properties in an ODBC DSN (data source name). This is the last step of the driver installation. You can use the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure ODBC DSNs.

To authorize Amazon S3 requests, provide the credentials for an administrator account or for an IAM user with custom permissions. Set AccessKey to the access key Id. Set SecretKey to the secret access key.

Note: You can connect as the AWS account administrator, but it is recommended to use IAM user credentials to access AWS services.

For information on obtaining the credentials and other authentication methods, refer to the Getting Started section of the Help documentation.

Connect Amazon S3 Data to Diagrams

Follow the steps below to use the Data Selector Wizard to import data into your diagram.

  1. Open Visio and click File -> New. Open the Brainstorming template.
  2. On the Data tab, click Link Data to Shapes.
  3. Select the ODBC option and select ODBC DSN.
  4. Select the DSN for Amazon S3, select the table you want to import, and finish the wizard. This article uses ObjectsACL as an example.

Link Amazon S3 Entities to Shapes

Follow the steps below to create a simple diagram that shows how to create shapes from your data, one of the ways to link Amazon S3 entities to shapes:

  1. Click Brainstorming Shapes and drag a main topic onto the drawing page. Enter ObjectsACL as the text of the main topic.
  2. Click Topic.
  3. Select a row in the External Data window and drag it onto the drawing page.
  4. Right-click the Topic shape and click Data -> Edit Data Graphic.
  5. Click New Item.
  6. In the Data Field menu, select a column. In the Displayed As menu, select how to display them.
  7. Drag a few other Amazon S3 entities onto the drawing page and add association lines back to the main topic, ObjectsACL. New topics have the same configuration: Numeric columns displayed in data bars stand out in contrast to other ObjectsACL entities.

You can refresh your diagram from the Data tab, synchronizing your shapes with the external Amazon S3 data.