Visio for Mac – Comparison Chart of Microsoft Visio Viewers

What is Visio® and how can you view Visio® drawings on Mac?

If someone emailed you a file in VSD, VSDX or VDX extension and you don’t know how to open it on macOS, this article is for you. If you already have a Visio® viewer for Mac but Visio® drawings are displayed incorrectly or incompletely, the text below will interest you, too. If you are not sure what is the best Visio® Viewer, do read on.

Visio® is a widely used diagramming software, designed by Microsoft Inc. If you google “Visio® Viewers for Mac” you will find a variety of Visio® alternatives. The most popular of them are:

    • LucidChart
    • Concept Draw Pro
    • SmartDraw
    • VSDX Annotator
    • Nektony VSD Viewer
    • Cisdem DocumentReader

LucidChart, Concept Draw and Smartdraw are vector graphic applications that additionally support the viewing and editing of Visio® files, while VSDX Annotator, VSD Viewer and Document Reader are especially designed to view Visio® drawings. We have tried out each Visio® Viewer and prepared visual results, so you can quickly see how each of the above apps copes with its task.

As the basis of our survey, we took a VSD file, “Apartment design,” created in MS Visio®. The file includes Shape Data, Hyperlinks and Layers.

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Results of opening the VSD file in Visio® Viewers

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  • LucidChart

    Price from $4.95 to $20 per month (free for a limited number of Visio® documents)

    Results:

    Shape Data, Hyperlinks or Layers are not supported

    No text is displayed

     Image mapping errors appear

     

  • Open Visio in Concept Ddaw

  • Concept Draw Pro

    Price $199 one-time payment

    Results:

    Shape Data, Hyperlinks or Layers are not supported

    + Image mapping is correct

    + Text is displayed

*Note: Concept Draw Pro supports VDX files only. We had to re-save our VSD file to open it in the application. This is inconvenient if you work mostly with VSD files. Read in our previous article which extensions each Visio® alternative supports.

VSD file extension

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  • SmartDraw

    Price$12.95 per month

    Results:

    Neither Shape Data nor Layers is supported

    Insignificant image mapping errors appear

    Hyperlinks are supported

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  • VSD Viewer by Nektony

    Price – $14.99 one-time payment

    Results:

    + Shape Data, Hyperlinks and Layers are supported

    + Image mapping is correct

    + Text is displayed

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  • VSDX Annotator*

    Price – $24.99 one-time payment

    Results:

    + Shape Data, Hyperlinks and Layers are supported

    + Image mapping is correct

    + Text is displayed

    * VSDX Annotator is a pro-version of VSD Viewer. It provides additional features, notably, the possibility of annotating Visio® files and saving VSDX files in the same extension for further editing in MS Visio®.

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  • Cisdem DocumentReader

    Price – $14.99 one-time payment

    Results:

    Shape Data, Hyperlinks or Layers are not supported

    No text is displayed

    Image mapping errors appear

Conclusion

We have shown how various Visio® Viewers render drawings and display visual images. For a clear overview we have prepared a short table of the results.

Application of Various Visio® Viewers to VSD File “Apartment Design”

Shape DataHyperlinksLayersText DisplayingCorrect Image MappingAnnual Price
LucidChartfrom $59.40
Concept Draw Pro– ++$199.00
SmartDraw+$155.40
VSDX Annotator+++++$24.99
Nektony VSD Viewer+++++$14.99
Cisdem Document Reader$14.99
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