Is there a program similar to Visio for the Mac?

ablake

One of our users needs to draw some diagrams (org charts and process flow charts) but Visio doesn't run on OSX 10.7 Lion.

Tags: Lion, mac, OS X, Visio
Topic: Software
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Gerome Klaus
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Conceptdraw Pro is a serious alterantive to Visio. It's a desctop based solution aimed at prefessional designers working in CAD environments. It is aslo a good option for those who work between Mac and PC because one license is valid for both.

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www.omnigroup.com/products/omnigraffle

 

 - available in std and pro versions

 - imports/exports Visio .vdx (XML) format

 - available for iPad too

ablake

That's great that it supports VDX files; that was going to be my next question!

Omnigraffle is your best bet, for what you're looking.  The standard version is $99.  The Pro version, with Visio support, is $199, though - still cheaper than Visio's $249.   In the Pro version, in addition to opening Visio's VSD file, Omnigraffle will also open Visio stencil (VST) and Visio template (VST) files.   (I do not work for Omni.  I do use a Mac, and Parallels whenever the job requires otherwise.)
dbrown
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You could also use Sketch or Autocad (which is overkill)

 

http://www.bohemiancoding.com/sketch

 

http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/pc/index?id=15421056&siteID=123112

 

jimlynch
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If he really needs Visio then you could opt to run Windows via VirtualBox on your Mac. VirtualBox is free and you can download it here:

https://www.virtualbox.org/

You may also want to consider creating a Boot Camp partition on your Mac to run Windows. More info on that here:

http://www.apple.com/support/bootcamp/

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If your company is open to cloud apps, I'd encourage you to look at Lucidchart.  Along with being like a Visio for the Mac, it's cross platform so it's also like Visio for iPad.   It can import/export Visio files which makes things a bit simpler as well.  Have not compared it directly to Omnigraffle though to tell you the key differences. 

Vitalii Varbanets
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And if you only need to open files on Mac, check out Visio Viewer for Mac. It also can switch layers visibility and display shape data.

Rita Bo
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I tried ProcessOn.com and I must say that it works beautifully. that's a web app maybe less well-known but it really handy and reliable.

Carter Dunley
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Currently Visio is not offered to Mac users. So there are two options if you want to run Visio on a Mac. The first is downloading crossover software and then download visio which can be costly and obnoxious in my opinion or if you still want to work on and download visio files, Lucidchart offers a pretty good offer for free to view and edit visio files. It also doesn't require downloads which makes it nice and easy to work with. 

Here is a link https://www.lucidchart.com/pages/alternative-to-visio-for-mac-OS-X

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