You can import data to generate a chart like a bar graph or pie chart.
To add a chart from data, go to the Insert tab and click on Chart.
You'll be presented with a dialog that lets you upload a data file from your desktop or link to a URL data source.
In either case, depending on the type of chart you're making your data should be formatted a specific way.
If you're making a bar chart or line chart use this formatting:
If you're making a pie chart, use this:
Uploading a CSV to Generate a Chart
Format your data in a CSV, XLS, XLXS or tab delimited text file.
Browse to where your data file is stored and select it to import it into SmartDraw.
Linking to a Published Data File to Generate a Chart
You can also get data from an online source like Google Sheets, as long as the data is publicly available.
To import data from a URL, first you'll need to get a share URL from the data source. Open a document in Google Sheets and go to the File menu and select Publish to the web.
Make sure you choose Comma-separated values (.csv) in the second drop-down and hit Publish.
Now you have a URL you can use to link to your data.
Copy the URL in the dialog.
In SmartDraw's Import Data dialog, choose URL and paste the URL into the appropriate field.
Click OK and SmartDraw will import the data from your source and automatically generate your selected chart type.
If you use a URL as your data source, you can also turn on auto-updating to automatically refresh your chart.
Under Actions, choose Update Data Table.
Check the Auto-update box to have SmartDraw automatically update your data.