Visio is Windows only, and we can easily view a Visio file in Visio on Windows PC. What if we need to open Visio files on Mac? The good news is that there are a number of Mac Visio viewers available. Here we have picked 6 best Visio readers and reviewed each one. You can also find instructions on how to use them.
Basically, there are 2 types of mac visio viewer, online or offline. Once you have a desktop Visio viewer installed on your Mac, you can use it to easily view Visio designs, flowcharts, process maps and other types of Visio files. It requires no Internet connection. While, online Visio viewers require no installation and allowing you to view Visio files in a browser, they are compatible with all platforms such as macOS and Windows.
For quick review on the top list for mac visio viewers, please refer to the following table:
|Cisdem Document Reader||Offline||View, convert and print visio files, support viewing PDF, WPD, XPS, WPS, OXPS, DjVu, Winmail.|
|Lucidchart Visio Viewer||Online||View visio files|
|Microsoft Visio||Online||View and allow basic editing on viso files|
|Nektony Mac Visio Viewer||Offline||View and share visio files|
|Lawbox VSD Viewer Pro||Offline||View, convert and share visio files|
|VSD Viewer||Online||View VSD|
With support for VSD, VSDX, VDX, VST and other types of Visio, Cisdem Document Reader can work as a great Visio viewer for Mac and offers an array of viewing options including multi-tab viewing, page navigation, zoom, rotation, etc. It guarantees high quality viewing, displaying the file looks exactly as what it was.
In addition, it can convert Visio to other formats such as PDF, JPG, PNG and BMP. You can also directly print Visio file within the viewer.
Designed to read Windows-based file and documents on macOS, Cisdem Document Reader also supports formats like PDF, VISIO, WPD, WPS, XPS, OXPS, DjVu, PDF and Winmail.dat files. Some other features are searching, bookmarking, image extraction and text extraction.
This Mac Visio viewer is easy to use with simple intuitive interface where the tools and options are neatly displayed. You can customize the toolbar. From the top menu bar, select View > Customize Toolbar.
Get Cisdem Document Reader installed on your Mac. A free trial is offered. Launch this Visio viewer for Mac.
Open one or multiple VSD, VSDX or other Visio files by dragging and dropping. Each will be displayed in a tab. You can also view other supported files (such as PDF) at the same time if needed.
From the toolbar, select the viewing and other options you need.
To print, click the Print icon in the toolbar. To convert, click the Save as icon. You can save a Visio file as PDF, text, BMP and other formats.
Lucidchart Visio Viewer is online Visio viewer available for Mac, Windows and Linux. It works as a browser extension and major Internet browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer.
After installing this Visio viewer in your browser on Mac, you can instantly open VSD, VDX and VSDX files. It offers page navigation and a set of zoom options. You can also choose to show or hide grid. To edit and further manipulate Visio files, one needs to pay.
In addition to local Visio files, Lucidchart Visio Viewer users used to be able to directly open Visio files received in Gmail and stored online. For Visio file attachments, Gmail offered the option Open in Lucidchart. To view a Visio file stored online, users only needed to right click the file’s link and select Open in Lucidchart. Features like these are very useful, and hopefully they will come back soon.
The good news is you can still do it in Gmail, in a slightly different manner. Click the attachment. From the list of suggested third-party apps, select Lucidchart and allow its access to your Gmail.
The steps below will show you how to use this Visio viewer Mac to open the files stored on your hard disk. Let’s take Chrome as an example.
Step 1. Go to Chrome Web Store. Install the extension, which will add an icon in Chrome’s toolbar. Click the icon.
Step 2. Click CHOOSE FILE. Select a Visio file. Click Open.
Step 3. Once the file is uploaded to their server, it will automatically open.
Again, if your Visio file contains confidential information, please avoid using web-based apps.
Although Visio and Microsoft Visio Viewer are only available for Windows, Microsoft does provide a solution for users of other platforms such as macOS. It allows you view and comment Visio files online.
This online Visio viewer and creator from Microsoft is available for almost all Office 365 commercial users. In addition to viewing, you can also add comment and do some basic editing. If you want to get your files further edited, it will lead you to the desktop software Visio which is not available on Mac.
There is array of features such as Pan, Zoom, Find, Shape Info and Refresh Data. If you want to email your drawing to others, just click the Share button. You can also find some basic editing functions such as Text and Font, Undo and Redo, etc. Switch to viewing by clicking the View button.
This Mac Visio viewer allows users to open .vsd, .vdx, vsdx Microsoft Visio files. Just as Cisdem Document Reader, it ensures that texts will be displayed in the same way as original format when they were created. Advertised as a free Visio file viewer for macOS, it’s actually a paid application with 5-day free trial.
It offers a set of viewing options like Zoom, Navigation and Hand Scroll. You can easily find all the features and options in the toolbar. If you need to print the current Visio drawing, just click the Print icon there. It’s very easy to use. However, just as with any software application, it’s not perfect. In rare cases, the text could fail to display. That being said, it generally works great and open Visio files without distortion. To use this Visio file viewer, just launch it. Drag and drop a drawing into it.
Here’s another great macOS Visio viewer. It’s designed to open, view, share and convert Visio files and supports 5 different Visio formats: VSD, VSDX, VSX, VSS and VSSX. You can use it to convert Visio files to PDF or image files. It’s not a Visio editor, so you can’t edit Visio files on Mac using it.
Capable enough to open and convert Visio drawings and stencil files, this Visio viewer can be helpful to Mac users who don’t have easy access to Windows PC installed with Visio. If you have problem viewing your file using this application, you can contact their support team who will help you out right away.
To use it, just import a file by dragging and dropping. Use the features and options provided to view, share and convert it as you wish.
This online viewer is designed only for the VSD format, so you can only use it to open Visio drawings. If you try to add an OPC/XML drawing, it will refuse to upload.
Compared with the online viewers mentioned above, this one is very limited in terms of functionality. You can only zoom in and zoom out. It doesn’t offer other functionality. But in general it can quickly upload and open files without distortion. Also, the site lets you view other types of files such as SVG and XPS.
Thanks to Visio viewers for Mac, we don’t need to find a Windows computer installed with Visio to view VSD and VSDX drawings. If your work involves Visio files, a desktop Visio file viewer can be your first choice. For those who only view one or two files occasionally, a free online tool is enough for the job.
Rosa has worked in Mac software industry for more than eight years. She believes that the purpose of software is to make life better and work more productively. In addition to writing, Rosa is also an avid runner.
Why the online visio viewer took me forever to load and read the files? Any other online recommendations?
Very powerful Mac Visio viewer. I am at a university and I can use Visio for free but I prefer DocumentReader for most things. It provides many functions. I can use it to read multiple files on Mac and convert them to different formats.
Documentreader is better. Not just quicker, intuitive, flexible, well thought out and extremely helpful. Real best visio viewer for Mac.
Great application and detailed steps. Visio files in my Mac open flawlessly. I now have absolutely zero worry about viewing Visio files on Mac. Perfect!
Thank you for the options. Definitely made it easy.
I have downloaded Cisdem DocumentReader to have a try. The app is nicely designed to open and view Visio files without any hassles.That's really the best visio viewer for Mac.
Got it! Thanks a lot again for helinpg me out!
I tried the first one, it really did a good job. I like it.
Thank you for providing so many useful Visio Viewers for us. I will try.