what's microsoft visio alternatives on mac os x for Network engineer?

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  1. amrabari macrumors member

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    dear All, i work as network engineer and i use Microsoft Visio a lot when designing network diagrams as the icons and stencils works with it..

    after switching to Mac, every time i have to use my old laptop in order to Visio digram .. so is there any program alternative to Visio on mac that can open and edit .vss files and do the same function like MS Visio?? with it's quality?

    thanks again for your help in advance ..
     
  2. exegete77 macrumors 6502a

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    Although I haven't used it, this one has received good reviews: LucidChart.
     
  3. SlCKB0Y, Feb 18, 2015
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    SlCKB0Y macrumors 68040

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    Omnigraffle is absolutely awesome (I honestly think it is better than Visio).
    https://www.omnigroup.com/omnigraffle

    If you can get by without Visio compatibility and would like free there is Dia:
    http://dia-installer.de/download/macosx.html

    http://alternativeto.net/software/microsoft-visio/?platform=mac
     
  4. reundo macrumors member

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  5. akwarner macrumors member

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    I've messed with Diagrammix (http://deepitpro.com/en/mac/products/Diagrammix/info/) but you might also consider getting a copy of Parallels or Vmware and running actual Visio inside of a virtual machine on your Mac. I get nearly native speeds while running Windows apps in Parallels. I still run Quicken for Windows this way.

    A.
     
  6. superscape macrumors 6502a

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    Another vote from me for OmniGraffle. Great little app!
     
  7. maflynn Moderator

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    For the Mac, I think the only real choice is OmniGraffle, It offers a lot of power and ability.

    The other option is to run MS Visio in a VM (another member mentioned Wine but I don't know if the newest version can).
     
  8. reundo, Feb 20, 2015
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    I have run both Visio 2010 and 2013 in wine. I have gone back to the 2010 version in wine and on my PC as I like the way it saves to PDF better.

    Plus, wine is free. So, if you already have the license for visio it will not cost anything extra to try and use wine.
     
  9. maflynn Moderator

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    I'm not knocking Wine, but I know the latest version of Office cannot run on Wine so I was thinking that may be the case for the latest version of Visio
     
  10. reundo macrumors member

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    No worries. I could be mistaken. Anyways, giving wine a shot first would be beneficial and free if the OP already has a license for visio.
     
  11. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    Another vote for OmniGraffle, as other have mentioned, I like it better than Visio also...
     
  12. campyguy macrumors 68030

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    A vote for Omnigraffle, but for the Pro version, which costs US$100 more than the standard version. Only the Pro version offers Visio support.

    I use Version 5 Pro, and am quite happy with how it handles Visio files.
     

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