2013 visio viewer

5 Best Free Visio Viewer Software For Windows

Here is a list of 5 best free Visio viewer software for Windows.

Visio file with .VSD (stands for Visio drawing) file extension contains a raster graphics image and it is mainly use for representing diagrams and flowcharts. It is a very popular file format of Microsoft Visio software. There are limited freeware which can let your view VSD file.

If you are looking for a free Visio alternative to Microsoft Visio for viewing VSD file, then you can easily use these freeware. All these software let you view multi-page VSD files easily (except last software) and some of these software can also let you view multiple VSD files. These Visio software also provide some of the other useful features, such as: conversion, change background color, file drag-n-drop feature, etc.

Lets check out these Visio or VSD viewer one by one. You can also try these SVG viewer, AI viewer and Flowchart software.

Here Are The 5 Best Free Visio Viewer Software for Windows:

Microsoft Visio 2013 Viewer

You can use Microsoft Internet Explorer as a Visio viewer after installing Microsoft Visio 2013 Viewer. Some of the key features of Microsoft Internet Explorer for viewing Visio file are:

  • After installing this software, you can easily open multiple VSD files in multiple tabs of your Microsoft Internet Explorer and you can also view all the pages of Visio file.
  • Its file drag-n-drop feature let you easily open VSD file by just simply dragging VSD file on the explorer interface.
  • You can view it in full screen mode by pressing F11 with a good viewing quality.
  • You can add Visio file to Favorites or Bookmarks VSD file for later view.
  • Some of its useful viewing features are: move image, zooming feature, change image background color, etc.

After you have install Microsoft Visio 2013 Viewer, your VSD file will be associated with Microsoft Internet Explorer. So, you need to just double-click your left mouse icon on the VSD file and your VSD file will open in Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Note: This visio software is also available for 64-bit Windows.

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Free Visio Viewer

Free Visio Viewer is a simple and straight-forward VSD viewer software which can let you Visio file with some effective and easy features. Some of the key features of this free Visio alternative are:

  • It is a straight forward Visio software because it supports only VSD file format.
  • It can let view all the pages of the Visio file.
  • It supports file drag-n-drop feature.
  • In this software, you can move the image on any part of its interface easily.
  • It also let you zoom the VSD file and change image background color.
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VSD Viewer

VSD Viewer is an easy-to-use software to view VSD files, it comes with some handy viewing features. Some of the handy features of Visio software are:

  • You can use this tool to view multi-page VSD file with a very good quality for viewing it.
  • It provides "Copy to Clip" feature which you can use to copy image from a VSD file.
  • Apart from VSD file, it also support TXT and RTF file formats.
  • It has a very large user-interface.
  • This free visio alternative is also available in many different languages apart from English, such as: Chinese, French, German, Italian and Japanese.

How to view VSD file using VSD Viewer:

  1. Click on the Open button on the top left corner of the software interface.
  2. A  File Open dialog box will appear, browse the VSD file you want to open and open it.
  3. Next, you will see output images of the file you have open on the software interface.

Note: This Visio viewer also has a paid version with many other quality features.

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LibreOffice is a very popular, open source and feature-rich Office suite. This VSD viewer provides some handy features for viewing Visio files:

  • It can let you view all the pages from a Visio file. It provides navigation explorer at the left side of its interface to quickly explore all the pages of a Visio file.
  • With a very good image quality, it provides ruler at the top and at the left side of the image for measuring image size.
  • Apart from using LibreOffice as Visio Viewer, it can also edit VSD file and convert VSD to PDF, SVG, EPS and other file formats.
  • This free Visio alternative also supports some of the other popular raster graphic image file formats, such as: AI, CDR, SVG, PDF, XLSX, DOCX, etc.
  • It is also a cross-platform (also available for Linux and Mac OS) software and it is also available in multilingual user-interface.

How to open Visio file in LibreOffice:

  1. Open this software, click on the File option in the Menu Bar. A top-down list will open.
  2. In this top-down list, click on the Open option and a File Open dialog box will appear.
  3. In this dialog box, browse for VSD file and open it.
  4. Now, the file will open on the software interface.
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MS Office AutoCad PDF PSD TIFF Viewer Free

MS Office AutoCad PDF PSD TIFF Viewer Free can be use to view many popular file formats including VSD file. Some of the key features of this Visio software are:

  • You can use it to view multiple Visio files as it can open multiple Visio files in multiple tabs.
  • You can use this software with some useful viewing features for viewing Visio files, such as: Flip, Rotate, Zoom, Bookmarks, etc.
  • In this software, you can also change the background image color.
  • Apart from Visio file, it supports some other popular file formats, such as: DWG, Excel, PSD, PDF, TIFF, PPT, etc.

You can view VSD file in this free Visio alternative by clicking on the Open option in the File Section on the left side of the software interface. It will open a File dialog box from where you can browse for VSD file you want to open.

Note: To open this Visio viewer, you need to right-click on its executable file icon and select "Run as administrator" option.

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Visio Guy » Visio Viewer for Developers

Have you heard about the Visio viewer, he’s a viewer but he still keeps on spyin’. Ok, sorry about that Little River Band diversion. ANYway…

The Visio viewer is a free download that lets non-Visio-havers view and interact with Visio files.

But did you know that you can incorporate it into your own software projects as a control?

What is the Visio Viewer?

The Visio viewer is freely available from Microsoft. If your co-workers and customers don’t have Visio installed, they can install the viewer, then view and interact with Visio drawings that you send them in a browser or in Outlook. If they have Outlook 2007, then they may already have the viewer installed, because Outlook 2007 installs the Visio 2007 viewer by default.

With the viewer, they can pan and zoom, switch pages, view Shape Data (Custom Properties), turn layers on and off, and view or hide annotations.

If you or your customers don’t have the Visio viewer, then your first stop is one of these:

If you find any more good reference to viewer topics, please leave them in the comments section below!

What’s the Developer Angle?

The viewer can also be used as a control in your own solutions. You can plop it on a form and manipulate it programmatically. In fact, Microsoft recently released a developer reference to help you to do this with less guesswork. Have a look at the Visio 2007 Viewer Developer Reference.

According to Visio Insights, who broke the story first,  the Visio 2007 viewer API enables you to do the following with the control:

  • Load and unload Visio drawings
  • Select shapes
  • Follow hyperlinks
  • Display Viewer dialog boxes to the user
  • Customize the size and position of the Viewer window
  • Customize the user interface by changing foreground and background colors and displaying or hiding the grid and the scrollbars
  • Control the color and transparency of layers in the drawing
  • Control the color and visibility of reviewer markups (comments)
  • Customize the toolbar by adding or removing buttons
  • Respond to user actions in the Viewer interface

and the Visio 2007 Viewer Developer Reference explains how to do it!

David Parker (a Visio MVP, Microsoft Certified Provider and Visio Expert) has even created a product:  the visViewer, which is a custom application that you could describe as “The Visio Viewer on Steroids”.

David has also written a blog entry about incorporating the Visio control into a custom application. Check out: Using the Microsoft Visio Viewer (and introducing visViewer).

Coexistence Problems: Visio Application & Visio Viewer

There is another reason to create a custom viewer app: you already have Visio installed on your machine, but you want to check how your drawings appear in the Visio viewer.

Yes, the problem of coexistence of Visio (the app) and Visio (the viewer) can be problematic for a number of reasons:

  • Opening a Visio file in the browser with the 2003 and 2007 viewer still presents you with the problem of annoying security warnings popping up every time you open a file(There are browser settings to turn this off, Advanced / Security, Check : Allow active content to run in files on My Computer)
  • With the Visio viewer 2003, coexistence only works if you install the viewer after you install the Visio application.
  • With the Visio 2007 viewer, coexistence doesn’t seem to work at all. The Visio application will always take ownership of your Visio files, so you can’t (easily) view and check your files with the viewer at all.(I tried doing a file association with C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\VVIEWER.DLL, but it didn’t work)

So having a simple “Visio Viewer Viewer” application becomes an almost must-have utility for people who need coexistence (unless you like to change file associations). In a custom app, you have the joyouse experience of a “security-free” viewer (no pop-ups!), and you can do something that essentially doesn’t work with 2007.

In fact, this utility will most likely be the subject of a future Visio Guy article + download.

The problem of coexistence has come up a number of times over the years in the newsgroups. The best post that I found comes from Barb Way, who works in Product Support for Microsoft Visio:

Run Viewer with Visio Installed

A little more info on this…

The Visio 2003 Viewer and Visio 2007 Viewer will both take ownership of theVisio file extensions in the absence of a version of Visio. However, whenthe Visio application (2003/2007) is installed, it will always takeownership of the extension, regardless of the presence of a viewer. If youtry to open a Visio drawing in IE when Visio 2003 is installed, the drawingwill open via OLE inside of IE – not in the viewer. If you try the sametask on a Visio 2007 system, the full application will launch with thedrawing loaded.

If Visio is installed first, and then one of the Viewers, there will be atemporary period during which the Viewer owns the extensions. This willlast until the application is launched – at which time the default Repairaction of the installer will restore the application settings (to own theextensions). From that point forward, the application should maintain‘ownership’.

Chris’ options for creating a custom solution to work around this behaviorare a good place to start. There is also an older article about how toembed the Viewer 2003 in a web page on MSDN :http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa168474(office.11).aspx

Barb WayProduct Support – VisioMicrosoft Corporation

Thanks Barb!

Visio Viewer in Outlook

I have Visio 2007 installed on my machine, along with the Visio viewer.  Here I find that Outlook uses the Visio viewer as a “safety” previewer for attached Visio files.

In this respect, the Visio viewer does coexist with the Visio application. But I doubt that people will resort to e-mailing .vsd files to themselves just to check their Visio work in the viewer.

Anyway, this is how it works. You open up an Outlook e-mail. You see the list of attachments just above the reading pane. If you click on one of the Visio files, Outlook will offer a do you want to preview this file message, along with a Preview File button, just as it does with Word and Excel attachments:

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If you click the button, the Visio viewer will be called to action. You’ll see a vector-based preview of your Visio file. You can pan, zoom and jump to pages within the document. You are essentially getting a stripped-down version of the Visio viewer, in-place in your Outlook reader!

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More Visio Viewer Resources

While we’re on this topic, I found some other articles about the Visio viewer that you might find interesting:

Cool Visio Icons

One last fairly-unrelated note, but important in order to give due credit.

You might have noticed the attractive Visio icon under the magnifying glass (being viewed, get it?) at the beginning of this article, and presented here un-magnified.

If you think this Visio icon that I used for this article is cool, I should let you know that I found it on Icon Archive. It was created by Vincent Garnier (aka: Benjigamer) The downloadable icon packet and use-conditions are here.


Deploy Microsoft Visio 2013 Viewer using SCCM

Deploy Microsoft Visio 2013 Viewer using SCCM In this post we will see how to deploy Microsoft Visio 2013 viewer using SCCM. In my previous post we saw the steps to deploy Microsoft Visio 2013 using SCCM. Recently one of the user contacted me through contact form and asked me to provide the steps to deploy Visio 2013 viewer. This post will show you the steps to deploy Visio viewer 2013 using configuration Manager. Microsoft Visio 2013 Viewer allows anyone to view Visio drawings inside their Microsoft Internet Explorer Web browser. The Visio viewer is available in both 32-bit and 64 bit versions. With Visio Viewer, you can open, view, or print Visio drawings, even if you don’t have Visio installed. In this post as an example, I have got 32-bit Microsoft Visio 2013 Viewer downloaded from here.

How to deploy Microsoft Visio 2013 Viewer using SCCM

Download the latest version of Visio Viewer from the Microsoft Download Center. Launch the Configuration Manager console and navigate to Software Library > Overview > Application Management > Applications. Right click on Applications and click Create Application. Click on Manually specify the application information. Click Next.

On the General Information dialog, specify the Name of the app and some more details. Click Next.

Click Next.

In the Deployment Types dialog, click on Add. This will open up a new window.

On the General page, click on Manually specify the deployment type information. Click Next.

Specify a name for the deployment type. Click Next.

Provide the path where the content is present. Specify installation program as “visioviewer32bit.exe” /quiet /norestart. Click Next.

For detection method, click on Add Clause and choose the Setting Type as File System.

Type – File

Path – %ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft Office\Office15

File or Folder name – VPREVIEW.EXE

Next, click “The file system must satisfy the following rule to indicate presence of this application”.

Set Property – Version

Set Operator – Equals

Set Value – 15.0.4420.1017

Click OK.

On the User Experience dialog, specify the Install behavior, Logon requirement and program visibility to the settings shown in the below screenshot. Click Next.

Complete the rest of steps by clicking Next. On the completion dialog, click Close.

Once your application is ready, right click the application and click Distribute Content. Choose the distribution point(s) where you want to the content to be distributed. Once the content is available with the distribution point, right click on the application and click Deploy to deploy the application to the collection. You could deploy the app as available or deploy it as required.

Launch the software center on the client computer. Select the Visio viewer app and click Install Selected.

We now see the Microsoft Visio 2013 viewer is installed successfully. If you encounter any issues with the application install, open the AppEnforce.log file to see more details.


Use Visio Viewer to view or print Visio drawings

With Visio Viewer, you can open, view, or print Visio drawings, even if you don't have Visio installed.

Download the latest version of Visio Viewer from the Microsoft Download Center.

View a drawing with Visio Viewer

When you open a drawing with Visio Viewer, the drawing appears inside an Internet Explorer window. If a drawing has more than one page, the pages are available as tabs along the bottom of the viewer.

Move around the drawing

  • Click and drag the drawing to move it around in the browser window, or use the scroll bars or arrow keys.

  • To zoom into a specific area in your drawing, press CTRL+SHIFT and drag a rectangle around the area you want to magnify.

  • To center the page in the browser, right-click the drawing, click Zoom, and then click Whole Page.

  • To go to a different page in the drawing, click the page tab at the bottom of the drawing window.

View shape data stored with a shape

Shape data appears in the Properties dialog on the Shape Properties tab. If this tab is blank, the shape doesn't include any data.

Print a drawing from Visio Viewer

When you print a Visio drawing with Visio Viewer, it prints from your web browser, not from Visio.

  1. Set up your view of the diagram with the same zoom factor and center point in your browser window that you want to use on the printed page.

    If you want to print your entire drawing, view your entire drawing in your browser window and center it in the window. (Right-click the drawing > Zoom > Whole Page.)

  2. Open your browser’s Page Setup options to specify your printer settings.

  3. Use your browser’s Print Preview option to see how the diagram will look when printed.

    If it doesn’t look right, close the Print Preview dialog box and re-center the diagram and change the zoom setting to match how you want it to look on the page.

Temporarily change drawing and viewer properties

  1. On the Visio Viewer toolbar, click the Properties button .

  2. Use the options on the Display tab, the Layers tab, and the Comments tab to hide and show parts of the drawing and the viewer.


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