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

amrabari

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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 ..
 

SlCKB0Y

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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?
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
 
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maflynn

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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).
 

reundo

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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).
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.
 
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maflynn

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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
 

reundo

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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
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.
 

campyguy

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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.