Visio alternative?

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  1. RightMACatU macrumors 65816

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    Any recommendations for a replacement of MS Visio on OS X? Would also be cool to have a matching iPad app.
    Thanks.
     
  2. campyguy macrumors 68040

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    The apps I use are OmniGraffle Pro, however, I use the older v. 5 OS X app as I prefer the older interface. I also snagged the license for $50 on CL a couple of years ago. The Omni Group's free sync engine is a real bonus IMHO.

    AFAIK the only other option available that has both Mac and iOS apps that works fairly well is LucidChart. It's a subscription service - I tried it and went back to OmniGraffle.

    A Mac-only option that's an excellent app is ConceptDraw Pro or the full Office suite - they've been around for over 20 years and supported Macs since at least OS 7, maybe longer than that. A few of my friends have been using CD for 10+ years on the Mac platform. They may offer an iOS app, but I haven't checked. FWIW, a "license" gets you a Mac install and a Windows install.
     
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    OmniGraffle Pro is what I use and I think that's probably the strongest alternative imo.
     
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    It has a flowcharting app but the last time I used it, that application was rather weak compared to Omnigraffle and Visio.
     
  7. RightMACatU thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thank you all for your comments. Now waiting for an OmniGraffle bundle :D
     
  8. campyguy macrumors 68040

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    IMHO, don't hold your breath for a bundle of the Mac apps. Your best bet is to cruise Lifehacker for discounted iTS/MAS gift cards for US buyers and buy via the MAS. The iOS apps have a bundle, but I've never seen a deal on the MAS or Omni Store apps. I bought a couple of iTS gift cards just a few weeks ago at a 25% discount, which is pretty rare, but 20% cards are fairly common as I saw a deal earlier this week. Cheers!
     
  9. Cayenne1 macrumors newbie

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    Workaround: I have Visio 2007 and Windows XP and 10 from an old laptop. By installing Parallels Desktop on my iMac, I can run Visio, Office, CS6, etc. on multiple virtual machines. It works like a champ and integrates with the Mac Desktop.

    You need to buy Parallels and have Windows licenses as well as the application source disks. I prefer to run WinXP as it boots in seconds and applications run very fast. I do not connect the XP VM to the network as its just a streamlined vehicle to run Visio and CS6. I connect the Win10 VM to the network and run as a normal PC for current apps.

    This approach has allowed me to avoid Visio substitutes and Photoshop subscriptions. I can continue to access and create Visio files. Also, I do not need the new features of Adobe CC as well as its drain on a bank account.

    A little of topic, but I'm trying Affinity Photo as a native Mac replacement to Photoshop. It seems to have all the tools I need, works very fast and is a FLAT $50 to purchase.

    (2017 iMac 5K 27", 4.2 GHz Intel Core i7, Radeon Pro 580, 24 GB memory, 1TB SSD)
     
  10. alphaswift macrumors regular

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    I use Parallels to run a Win10 VM. It has only Visio and Project installed.
     

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