VSD Viewer for Visio Drawings App Reviews

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Excellent viewer for OSX

Ive had this for over a year and have never had a snag using it. The only thing Id like to see is the finger pinch zoom feature for the touchpad.

Works as advertised

Very helpful, and good value for the $.

It just works…And that’s what I want

I occationally get VSD files from my windows using team members and this opens and displays them like a charm. That’s all I need from it and it does what I need very well.

It’s the best Visio Viewer. Period.

This is the best Visio Viewer for OS X. Other Visio viewers don’t render drawing properly. VSD Viewer flawlessly renders all my Visio Drawing.

looks promising

seems to run fine. Visualizes correctly in Yosemite, so far no crash. However, not cheap…

Big disapointment

I couldnt print my diagram straight to printer, and when I printed to PDF I got 8 pages instead of one. I just wanted to print a diagram someone had sent me.

Works great

I have about 80 vsd and vsdx files of various types (database schemas, floor plans, flow charts, GUI designs, etc.) and this product has done a great job of opening and displaying them in their original renderings. It exports well to PDF, though I found Apple Preview to be finicky once in a while on opening them, as the zoom button seems to not want to work (alternatively if you zoom with a trackpad it works fine). I think the problem is with Preview, as a day later the same file will work without any problem. It works well with Acrobat Reader too. Once in A-Reader it appears that to be able to print on to large or giant paper formats if the printer will support it. When zooming in, in both Preview and Acrobat Reader, pixilation of text does not take place — lines seem to hold up perfectly. In fact, when it comes to zooming on one of these converted files, Preview with a trackpad is truly amazing.

Finally! a working Visio viewer for Mac

I stumbled across this app in a seach for a Visio viewer. I dont want to pay for a full package (like OG), nor do i want my files shuttled to a web service (like VizMac) - I just need a simple, low-cost local viewer. It looks to be a fairly new app (April 2013) and the Nektony website shows tools for Mac, iPad and iPhone. I went ahead and took the plunge, and bought the Mac app. I tried it on several dozen Visio files (.vsd) and it works great! To me, a lone Mac user in a sea of PC users, this tool is just what I needed. I look forward to the updates. Thank you.

It works

Price seems a bit high for a viewer, but its a toss in the bucket compared to buying OmniGaffle. Overall it works well! No complaints. Thank you for a decent product!

Great Utility

After booting up my Windows 7 VM for the 5th time in a day to simply view a VSD file, I had enough. I found this app in the Mac AppStore and took the plunge. The $15 price point seems just right for this app as it will save me a good bit of time each day viewing my teams VSD files. The VSD viewer has rendered everything I throw at it with no problems. The export to PDF worked flawlessly. I initially had a few minor performance issues on my 13" Retina MBP, but Ive got my resolution increased and the latest version seems to have resolved the issues! Overall a great utility…works exacly as described and well worth the price in the convenience and time it will save me.

Great application that fills a big gap

I am sure I am not alone in that the only reason I have Windows in Bootcamp is for Visio. Although there are tools like Omnigraffle, etc on OSX, they just arent Visio and they cant read VSD files cleanly. While, I still need Windows to create or edit VSDs, I can atleast look at them in OSX now which is a huge time saver. This app does exactly what it says and it does it very well. The only thing that keeps it from a 5 star for me is that I have to drag the file into the app vs just being able to open it directly. In reality, thats no big deal, but I am a hard reviewer :)

Does not work - all diagram labels are simply blacked out

All the text on every diagram fails to display - you just get black boxes so the diagrams are completley unusable. All you get are the diagram outline and the only text that works is the notes. I would pay more than $15 for this if it worked. To pay $15 for an app that displays diagrams I expect at least basic functions like text labels to work. Can I get a refund? For $15 I can buy 15 other apps that work as advertised.

Highly recommended tool for multi-platform office

I was looking for a simple and uncluttered tool to view MS Visio files on my MBP, and gave a try to this VSD viewer. This app does the job as described, but what I really love about it is layers function - we use MS Visio to create floor plans for our office relocation, and this function in the app is exactly what I need to prepare for steering meetings - I can now show different floor plans and flowcharts (export to separate pdfs) from the same file to different departments. No more need for me to go to designer and ask for files and versions. Now I do it easily myself. This really saves tones of time and nerves :) Really glad with the decision to buy this app (although it is not cheap, but my peace of mind is worth it). Thanks developer, it really took pressure out of my head :)

Great helpful app!

I installed this app on my Macbook Pro and was able to preview the Visio documents as if I was looking at them in Visio. I particularly like the switching layers capability. Excellent option for those who dont have Visio installed on their computer, but need to review the files. Thumbs up!


Im So glad to download this VSD Viewer today! It goes beyond the abilities that are revealed in the former one I had used. Now I can open VSD files on my mac easily and view files with zoom-in/out and more functions!!! Also I can Save it to PDF for distribution. Amazing!

The Best VSD App Ever.

Visio viewer is really amazing, i loved it because it helped me to escape from saving drawings to pdf. Working great, just found what i was searching for long time :-)

Useful app!!!

I liked the viewer as it allows me to preview all Visio drawings of all formats I have, worth viewer for Visio guys, it contained many features cant found on other apps on the App Store

Doesnt work on my mac

It allows me to open the vsd file, but none of the shapes have any info in them. If I open in Visio it is all there. Not sure what the issue is.

No distortions, just double click to open

This app is worth a premium. I do a lot of high end Visio work with custom stencils (Cisco, Riverbed, Juniper, etc.). I use VMware fusion to switch to Windows for that. However, just to browse existing Visio files, this app does the trick. You can either drag files to it for conversion or simply double click a *.vsd file to open. Make sure you go into Preferences and check “Render metafiles with transparent backgrounds.” Otherwise you may see white blobs of space for shapes with transparency. I checked some pretty complex vsd files with gradients and custom stencils. I can’t see any distortions or text artifacts. This is the app to get. Well worth the $15.

The other reason you should buy this app...

One of the bigger concerns for me moving to a Mac platform (after spending 25 years using Windows) was the loss of the Visio application. Working in IT it is CRITICAL that I have an app that can read Visio files - regardless of what version they were created in. After researching I selected this app and I have to say that I was VERY pleased with it - as it lived up to its promises - right up until it stopped working after just a few weeks. But keep reading for the whole story... As with any application that you spend your good money on, you don’t want to feel that it wasn’t a wise investment. And this is where not only this application shines, but the company behind it as well. After contacting their support team and explaining the issue, they worked without pause until a resolution was determined and a fix provided, and did it all in a very short timeframe keeping me informed and updated along the way (almost unheard of anymore). After testing, they provided me with the (updated) application which I promptly put through its paces to verify and validate it for myself. And yes, it (again) works perfectly. I honestly don’t know which has impressed me more; The application - which performs as billed, or the support team (and by extension, their company) who demonstrated that they care about both their product AND their customer. I don’t like to give a perfect rating simply because for the most part you don’t know how the company will respond when it comes time to stand behind their product(s). Well I know how this company responds and because of my experience with both the product and the company behind it, I am very comfortable rating it (and them) 5 stars!

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