is there anything like MS Visio on OSX?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by phuong, Nov 22, 2006.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 16, 2006
    like the title said, is there any program for drawing diagrams on OSX like Microsoft Visio? and it would be best if it's compatible with MS Visio.
  2. macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2005
    Visio alternatives

    I doubt you will find anything that is compatible with Visio due to using a proprietary Microsoft format. However there are alternatives that do similar things. Check here for a couple.
  3. SMM
    macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2006
    Tiger Mountain - WA State
    MS bought Visio in 2000, they did not author it. The original company, Shapeware (later Visio), was always an x86 app, but there were quite a number of other employees around who may have ported a similar product. Just speculating, understand.
  4. macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2006
    I use Visio to make UML Class Diagrams and Data Base Diagrams.

    Is there any program in MacOSX that do these tasks?
  5. macrumors 68020


    Jan 6, 2004
    Raleigh, NC
  6. macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    OmniGraffle Pro from the Omnigroup. It's compatible with the Visio XML formats so drawings can be shared between the two that way. I use it all the time, and the output impresses a lot of hardcore Visio users. Make sure you get the PRO version for Visio compatibility.

    They're also about to release an MS-Project compatible app named OmniPlan. If it's as usable as OmniGraffle I'll definitely be purchasing it.
  7. macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2004
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommendation seconded. OmniGroup is a cool company, and they make good apps. OmniGraffle is very powerful.
  8. LAO
    macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2006
    North America
    An *important* point to remember...
  9. macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2006
    Manchester, UK
    I like this one:

    With a bit of tweaking, you can get just as good results as Visio.

    + it's free, and you can access your diagrams anywhere in the world, as it's all web based!

    + you can export your diagrams

    Dan :)
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2005
    Salt Lake City
    Another important point to remember is that none of these apps offer true Visio file compatibility without importing or exporting the Visio XML file back and forth. Until MS decides they want to do a Mac version of Visio, this is the best way to interoperate.

    I've used ConceptDraw V for a while now and it's not a bad app. Very easy to use and one that produces some nice output. And importing of Visio XML files is good and they also have a seperate program that can concert Visio VSD files to Visio XML for importing into ConceptDraw.

    As with OmniGraffle, the Pro version is needed for Visio importing.
  11. macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    As with all the Office programs, MS is moving towards using XML as the default file formats on Visio. Give it another couple of years and VSD will only be used when people open old documents.

    Thank the European Commission for that one, by forcing Microsoft to open their file formats to other companies.
  12. macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2004
    'fraid not.
  13. macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
  14. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2005
    Salt Lake City
    Yes, thanks devman for those links to those posts. I guess MS still has a ways to go for true open XML support. Maybe Office 2010?? he he

    BTW, dynamicv, nice avatar.
  15. macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2009

    Thanks for this - I just started using with the trial and love it - especially the web-based interface.
  16. macrumors member


    May 8, 2010
    ya it's a nice feature of xcode to create the class diagrams, etc :)
    but i'm using it to build a business presentation to investors (i'd rather doing the UML ;)
  17. macrumors member


    May 8, 2010
    cool, looks great, i will give this a try (and it plugs into Jira too)!!! 5 bucks per month is very reasonable but i dont like subscriptions. too bad they don't do one time fee.
  18. macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2010
    Try YED

    I would try out Yed from yworks. works amazing with layouting of large diagrams. Just the import functionality is fairly limited
  19. macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2008
    Just a reminder, you can always install Windows on your Mac (via Bootcamp or Parallels/VMWare) and use Visio that way. I'm sure you thought of that, but just in case...
  20. macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2009
    Google Docs

    If you're just looking to do flowcharts, Google Docs does this very well with their "Drawing" documents. Can export as png, jpg, svg, and pdf.
  21. macrumors newbie

    Dec 8, 2011
    MS Visio on OSX - ConceptDraw PRO

    I like to use ConceptDraw PRO, I find the product easy to use and meets my drawing requirements. Once you import your Visio file the library objects that were used in your drawing are set aside and can then be saved to your local library for future use by you. The product is very comprehensive and goes beyond drawing shapes.
  22. macrumors newbie

    Jun 4, 2012
    One more comment on ConceptDraw PRO

    One more comment on ConceptDraw PRO. With the release of the most recent version of the product they now have introduced ConceptDraw Solution Park. On a regular basis they release new objects and templates and I just need to update my product to pick up the changes.

    They recently introduced an extensive UML update, that we use frequently at work. We have a few PCs in our work environment and as we transition from a PC to a Mac we just move the license over to the newer platform. Makes it dead simple.
  23. macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2008
    New Orleans
    I also go back to the old Shapeware days. They had a great product, culminating in the excellent Visio Technical. Another product that Microsoft bought and slowly destroyed through the years. 2010 (in Fusion) is so sluggish as to be almost unusable if you work with anything with any complexity.

    I use it for Electrical One Lines. I am still looking for an alternative on the Mac side. Yes I do many of them in AutoCad LT, but I can't do the nice snaps and links the same way. Of course 2010 doesn't handle them like the old Technical version did either. At this point it is just a Block Diagramming tool. It used to be sooooo much more!

    I will certainly look at the ones mentioned, though Omnigraffle didn't work well for my use.
  24. bhanks, Oct 29, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2012

    macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2012
    Lucidchart is a good Visio option for mac because it runs in your browser. We are going to be supporting stencils really soon. The professional version is the level that supports Visio import/export.

    What are you going to be using Visio for in particular?

    Here is a link to the Professional version.
  25. macrumors regular

    Apr 12, 2007
    I am an independent software developer and am currently in the process of developing a "Visio-like" application for OSX. However, it will be a few months before it is code complete and pass all phases of testing.

    But it will come with a a large number of predefined shapes (flowchart, arrows, stars etc), and will allow the user to define as many as they want using an XML like data structure

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