Visio type App for Mac


macrumors 6502a
May 1, 2006
New Zealand
GavinT said:
Cheers Folks. Looks good, especially with some Visio export ability.

Any other ones out there... free ones?

Having said that, will probably get this.
I've used OpenOffice/NeoOffice Draw for similar type graphics but it isn't able to save in a visio editable format unfortunately. It does have connectors to join shapes in a similar way to Visio but isn't as capable but might just get you by. The finished output can always be exported to an image that can then be used by other programs.

I bought OmniGraffle Pro and it is very nice but I also found that trying to share anything too fancy with Visio isn't great. You can only save as VisioXML and there are many features of OmniGraffle that aren't supported by Visio or get mangled. Keep it simple though and you should be OK. The import is pretty good but again it needs to be VisioXML format.

Visio itself runs OK under Virtual PC although it is slow to start. Runs much better under Parallels on an Intel Mac of course. I prefer OmniGraffle personally as I try to avoid having to run a Windows app if I can. Thumbs up for OmniOutliner too which came with my MBP. Surprising how good it can be for sketching out a plan of action.


macrumors newbie
Sep 27, 2012
Alternative to Visio

Lucidchart has an app for the iPad and can import and export visio.


macrumors member
May 31, 2010

I bought this about 18months ago for data architecture diagramming in a Windows development shop. Its brilliant and a much better price than Visio. There is also a great one stop shop for free templates at

You can also export Omnigraffle documents out to Visio. Personally I deployed most of my documents to the business via PDF and embedded JPG files into Word and Keynote docs.

You can also make Omnigraffle documents into interactive presentations.