Microsoft visio is a popular diagramming and designing tool. It is widely used by IT professionals to draw flow charts and data flow diagrams, It is often used for understanding, documenting and analyzing information, data, systems, and processes.
Visio is a simple tool and it is very easy to use. It makes the task of drawing even the most complex diagrams easy. All you have to do is open a Visio template, drag and drop the required shapes and connectors, assign appropriate labels and then apply some readily available themes to the diagram. That is it!
Visio has readily available shapes for almost everything you want to depict in your diagram. It thus makes it easy for all users, including those who don’t have any drawing skills, to create high quality diagrams quickly.
Diagrammatic tools like Microsoft Visio are useful in creating diagrams which convey information visually. Since visual representations are more effective in explaining any design or architecture easily, Visio is widely used in the software industry.It is the architects and the designers who need the full version of Visio as it is they who create architecture diagrams, High Level and Low Level Design diagrams etc. Others like developers, project managers and customers may not need the full version of Visio to open and view the Visio diagrams (.vsd files) shared by the architects and designers. They can use a viewer which is available for free.
Download and install Microsoft Visio Viewer 2010 and 2007
Microsoft has released a free Visio viewer, which allows users to open and view Visio diagrams.The free Visio viewer is ideal for users who had to just open and use the Visio diagrams as reference.Small companies can thus save money by buying limited copies of Microsoft Visio for their designers and architects. Other users can download and use the free Visio Viewer.
Microsoft Visio viewer 2010 is a successor to Visio viewer 2007 and it is the latest version.. If you are still on Windows xp service pack 2 (SP2), you may download Visio Viewer 2007 from here.
Visio Viewer is as an activeX control that loads and renders Visio diagrams in Internet Explorer.It supports both Visio binary (.vsd) and XML (.vdx) files.
If you are using any of the following Windows OS, you may free download Visio Viewer 2010.
- Windows 7
- Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-Bit x86)
- Windows Server 2003 R2 x64 editions
- Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2
- Windows Vista Service Pack 1
- Windows Vista Service Pack 2
- Windows XP Service Pack 3
This Visio viewer can open the diagrams i.e. VSD files in Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, 7, 6, or 5.
To install the viewer, double click the downloaded “VisioViewer.exe” program file to start the setup program. Then, follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation.
How to open Visio diagrams with Visio viewer?
If visio viewer is installed on your pc, simply double-click a Visio drawing i.e. files with .vsd, .vss, .vst, .vdx, .vsx, or .vtx extension. The Visio Viewer, loads and renders the drawing in the IE browser. If IE is already open, you can simply drag and drop the visio diagram to view it.
Once the diagram is opened using the Viewer, you can pan and zoom by using toolbar buttons, keyboard shortcuts, or menu items in the shortcut menu. You can also see the properties of any shape by opening the “Properties and Settings” dialog box and then selecting a shape. Some rendering and display settings are available in the “Display Settings” tab of the “Properties and Settings” dialog box. Additionally, you can set “drawing-layer visibility and colors” in the “Layer Settings” tab, and “annotation visibility and colors” in the “Markup Settings” tab.
Download and enjoy the free Microsoft Visio Viewer 2007 and 2010.