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Is there an open source (or free) application to view (not necessarily edit) MS Vision 2007/2010 documents on a Mac?

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OmniGraffle Professional allows MS Visio imports and exports. However this is not open source or free - but it does have a 14 day free trial version.

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OmniGraffle is the widest used app – Infestor_gfrbi Aug 20 '10 at 11:07
I just downloaded OmniGraffe Professional 5.3.6 and it could not open .vsd file on my mac os x 10.7. Am I missing something here? – Regmi Mar 23 '12 at 6:08
I used the trial version of OmniGraffle to open a .vsd file of a database diagram. The column names were not in the table boxes. VSD Viewer worked. – Michael Potter Sep 27 '15 at 16:57

As of a few releases ago, LibreOffice (free and open-source) supports not only read, but editing of Visio projects. Pretty sweet. This has been my solution for Visio portability on all my Linux's for some time. I have tested and it works just as well on OSX.

Read more on the added feature.

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Could you update this answer to explain how to open a Visio file on OS X? I've looked in the "File type:" selector in the open dialog, but see nothing for .vsd or .vss. – Johann Sep 3 '14 at 22:53
@Johann just show all file types. File --> Open --> file – TryTryAgain Sep 3 '14 at 22:55
Yes, I can see the file to open it. But when I select it, it opens with Writer. – Johann Sep 3 '14 at 23:14
@Johann sorry, you'll have to open another question. It seems you are experiencing difficulties unrelated to the OP and/or my answer. Thanks – TryTryAgain Sep 3 '14 at 23:19
I'll answer this here, as I don't believe it warrants a new SU question (since it will be temporary): I was using the "Fresh" build ( of Libreoffice. The "Still" build ( works fine. I'll report a bug. – Johann Sep 4 '14 at 0:55

You can open Visio files on a Mac using Lucidchart since it's web-based. It imports .vsd and .vdx files from Visio.

You can get a read-only view of the Visio files for free; if you want to edit them, then you can use a 14-day free trial or subscribe.

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check these 3rd-party, it's not bad but not cheap.

  1. ConceptDraw PRO
  2. OmniGraffle
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Both of these apps do not really open Visio files nicely... You will find large sections of the drawing moved, or certain images/objects replaced. It becomes very annoying if you are opening up complex technical drawing.

The best way I have found to solve the problem is to use either a VM of a Windows machine running the full version of office or a slightly cleverer way is to download a program called CrossOver. This then allows you to install PC Applications as if the Mac is running windows. I now have Visio 2007 running successfully on the Mac without having to run a full Windows VM Image. Works really nicely.

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I suggest VSD Viewer for Mac. Except standard features, it switches layers, operates with Windows Metafiles, OLE and AutoCad objects.

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