Best Visio Alternatives

Top alternatives to Visio. Some are downloaded products and some are up in the cloud but they are all better and less expensive. Down with Microsoft!

The Top Ten

1 ConceptDraw

I've tested ConceptDraw on the advice of colleague and I am very impressed with it, as these helped me when I've started my new position. I'm on Mac now and used Visio before as well. Concept draw converted my files, so now I am able to edit them AND export to MS Word, MS Project and Evernote.

I chose ConceptDraw PRO because of the easy interchangeability with Microsoft Visio files. Ever since I moved over to a Macintosh, I was missing a strong tool for creating visual workflows for the business processes I develop. I can even interchange files between a PC and Mac! This has turned out to be very productive!

I've already tried several of these tools and Conceptdraw PRO looks ideal for me and my team, because we several Windows users, but biggest part are on Mac and Conceptdraw supports both Mac&PC, also because of very professional templates and free Visio conceror service in PRO.

Using it every day, and it fits my needs. I can find any ready stencil and not draw it by myself. in my opinion best Visio alternative on mac.

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2 Lucidchart

Here is why I like Lucidchart. First they are integrated with Google Drive. If you signup for Lucidchart and then tie it into your Google Drive account, you can open Visio files directly from Google Drive using Lucidchart. Lucidchart is also tied into Microsoft 2013 beta, JIRA, Confluence, and BOX.

If you are looking for a good visio alternative, Lucidchart opens visio files and you can even edit it and export Visio files if you have a paying account. You can get a free account that works with Visio is you have an. Edu email account. - bradhanks

My favorite thing about Lucidchart is how intuitive it is. How do you add objects to the canvas? Just drag and drop. Lines connect smoothly and they stay connected. Your docs stay private by default. Thoughtful details like these sound simple, but it saves me hours of time. Lucidchart is also, hands down, the most interoperable Visio replacement on the market. Import, edit, and export your old Visio files in a matter of minutes. It almost makes diagramming fun - wagonwheel

I needed a Visio alternative to quickly draw up a last minute security process flow chart for a client. In desperation I tried Lucidchart only to find it is very easy and intuitive to use, and getting started took a minute.

Great job, I will definitely consider investing in Lucidchart.

The functionality and collaboration options that Lucidchart offers are unparalleled. You can comment on, work on, and share with anyone from anywhere. The platform is intuitive and they'll have you working through diagrams in a day or less.

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3 Creately

Definitely more user friendly interface than Visio. I like the modern looking uncluttered interface as well. It would be awesome if they allow import of Visio files, but I guess few people actually have that need. Also the fact that you get access to hundreds of templates from the drawing area is a definite bonus.

There are so many things I love about Creately. For a start their user interface is miles ahead of Visio. And if you want to get started quickly there are hundreds of professionally designed templates. I think if you're a bit new to diagramming then this is the perfect application to use because it sort of automatically draws for you.

Easy to use and uncluttered interface, thousands of templates to get started quickly and real-time collaboration to work with peers and clients. What more could you ask for.

Why I Love Creately? It's so simple and faster than compared to Visio. It even has the inbuilt comments option which is a cool option when we work as a team. We can comment on certain changes and coordinate then and there.

Their graphics are far better than Visio. I have able to create more colorful diagrams and got some credits from my class. And I should not to forget that they offer much affordable collage plans which comes with 50% off! That's Totally cool!

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4 OmniGraffle

OmniGraffle is like Visio on steroids.

Best diagramming app I've ever used. Makes Visio look like a coloring book and a box of crayons in comparison.

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6 Balsamiq

Great tool for web mockup!

Great for creating UI mock ups quickly.

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Pretty good & easy to use.

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9 Edraw Max

I regret to invest so much money on Visio. I regret I didn't try Edraw Max sooner. Fortunately, I can still benefit a lot from it in the future. The upgrade and technical fee is saved. It is an all-in-one app so I don't have to buy another diagramming app any more. And I don't need to worry about compatibility. It can export to so many other formats.

Edraw is full Visio compatibility and better alternative for students, teachers and business professionals to reliably create and publish kinds of flowcharts, mind maps, organizational charts, network diagrams, floor plans, electrical diagrams, software design diagrams, maps and more.

I have always had nothing but great experience with eDraw and it helps staff! The program is great and you will not find anything like it for the price. You bet I will.

I work as a management consultant and needed a reliable & powerful software to use in my presentation with my clients. Got EDraw and am extremely satisfied with it. Just got V 8.0 which is great. It comes with some fantastic FREE templates also and you can export your work after in PDF, etc. it's also fully compatible with MS Office which is great for me.

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The Contenders

11 SmartDraw

Much easier to use than Visio. The automated flowcharts save a ton of time otherwise spent formatting. There are so many symbols and templates available. I use the cloud version on my Mac at home, but they have both a cloud and a Windows desktop version. Excellent product at a great price. - JLu__sd

Really a good alternative to visio with extended features (BPM, database,... )

Intuitive, online and offline options. Lots of content.


A browser based free alternative and does not require registration

The best free app in my opinion.

How often are you really offline and need to put something together? And free is my favorite price.

13 Nevron Draw

I liked the ability to apply gradients on all shapes. The shape editors modify the shape properties instantly which allowed me to instantly see the property effect.

Nice and easy to use Visio alternative. Comes with a lot of predefined shapes and powerful automatic graph and tree layouts. Has versions for Windows, Mac and web (Silverlight based), so you get the same functionality and behavior no matter the platform you work on.

Great value for the money. Very much like Visio and works on both PCs and Macs. I use the Silverlight version which is free, but my drawings can be opened by colleagues that use the PC and Mac versions. All versions are virtually the same.

It is now called MyDraw and some new functionality is added such as VSD/VSDX import export, Visio stencil import, EMF+ export and others. Rich text formatting is also much improved.

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14 Mockingbird

Gluu is a common platform for managing your business. - Gluu

A common platform for managing your business

16 VSD Viewer

Use VSD Viewer to preview Visio files. What I like most is the identical displaying of drawings. It shows shape data and allows to switch layers.

Good option if you need to preview VSD or VSDX files on Mac
"Have been using this tool for quite some time now. It always has worked reliably and allowed me to quickly view the Visio diagrams my colleagues are producing. It does one thing and it does it really well. Totally recommend it! "

17 Orbus Software's iServer

Easy to use as it makes use of the Visio user interface. It has some pretty advance workflow features and a great support team!

18 yEd

YEd from is free and runs on: Windows, Unix/Linux, and Mac OS X, and in a browser.

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