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In searching of alternative to MS Visio for MAC and PC
with ConceptDraw DIAGRAM

If you are looking a good alternative for Microsoft Visio for your Mac, then the good option would be a ConceptDraw DIAGRAM software. This smart application was developed for a purpose of providing its users with all the necessary tools, such as the pre-made examples and templates of already existing diagrams, charts, flowcharts, maps, schemes and other drawings, so all of them can be used as the drafts for your own great looking results.

To get the access to the “solutions”, full of the design elements as well as the samples, you can always download ConceptDraw STORE from this site having ConceptDraw DIAGRAM on your computer already. In ConceptDraw STORE you will see different solutions, depending on the business activity you are interested in and so getting there you can choose the most appropriate for you. All of the solutions are also available on this site and they can be found any time you need them using “Search” in the right top corner of your web page.

Thus, if you decide to create a map of your own country or your native city, then you can go to the “Continent Maps solution” from “Maps area” of “ConceptDraw Solution Park” on this site or to the maps area of the ConceptDraw STORE application, download it and choose any needed continent, country and so its contours for your own great looking map.

And the same about the other kinds of drawing – charts, flowcharts, diagrams and many more: you can always have your schemes finished within only a very short period of time having the appropriate solution, full of the necessary tools for your use.

Trying this great alternative to Ms Visio for your Mac, you will find ConceptDraw DIAGRAM a very useful tool for getting any needed drawing done within only a few hours or even minutes, depending on how familiar you are with ConceptDraw DIAGRAM drawing software.

ConceptDraw as an alternative to MS Visio for MAC

What are the advantages of ConceptDraw DIAGRAM over MS Visio for you to prefer the former to the latter?



Cross-Platform Compatibility

Cross-Platform Compatibility

The main advantage, of course, is that ConceptDraw DIAGRAM is a cross-platform software. That means it can be run both on PC, and on Apple Macintosh! Lately many people have faced difficulties with sharing their documents among Mac users. With ConceptDraw you will not have such problem anymore, because you will be able to work on Macintosh with a document created on PC and vise versa. To run MS Visio on Macintosh you had to install a virtual machine to emulate PC, which made work difficult and slow a great deal. Now many users find ConceptDraw DIAGRAM the best analog of MS Visio for Macintosh. If you prefer working in Macintosh environment, then ConceptDraw DIAGRAM is your choice.

Reasonable price



Reasonable price

Another factor of no less importance in choosing software is its price. Here ConceptDraw DIAGRAM turns more beneficial at the price $199 for Professional version versus $589.99 for the similar version of MS Visio.
Furthermore, Licensing Policy for ConceptDraw products is very flexible. It allows single user to install software on both Macintosh and PC, or on computer with cross-platform environment. This is crucial factor for people who need to use laptops along with a desktop computer for their business purposes, and often computers have different operating systems.

Import & Export

Import & Export

Another ConceptDraw DIAGRAM peculiarity that is worth stressing upon is export to PDF and PowerPoint formats. Now you can easily design presentations and print your documents.

Shape libraries


Numerous specialized shape libraries

ConceptDraw DIAGRAM users, as well as MS Visio users, have an opportunity to work with numerous external libraries; with their help you can create various documents with no need to search for the necessary elements for your diagrams in other software products. With ConceptDraw you can create your own objects and expand libraries to cover your needs.

Built-In Script Language


Built-In Script Language

The next point to be considered is the in-built language in ConceptDraw DIAGRAM It is ConceptDraw Basic. Unlike VBA language used in MS Visio, ConceptDraw Basic is much simpler to learn and use. Using ConceptDraw Basic doesn't require additional studying to use it, which will also save you time and budget.

MS Visio Support


MS Visio Support

A specific feature of ConceptDraw Products is their intercompatibility. Thus, once created with the help of any other CS Odessa product, your document is fully compatible with ConceptDraw DIAGRAM For instance, you can brainstorm ideas for new network development project, using ConceptDraw MINDMAP Your MINDMAP documents can be used in ConceptDraw DIAGRAM for further work at your project.

Import MS Visio files


Import MS Visio files

In case you used MS Visio before and now decided to switch to ConceptDraw DIAGRAM here is another good news for you — ConceptDraw DIAGRAM supports import of MS Visio files, using VSDX format. Therefore changing software products, you can keep all your documents, created in MS Visio. The transfer process will be very simple:

  • Export of your documents from MS Visio to VDX and VSDX format.
  • Import of these documents to ConceptDraw DIAGRAM


Free technical support


Free technical support

All ConceptDraw DIAGRAM users, unlike those of MS Visio, get professional technical support free, which is quite a nice and useful extra point to all the ConceptDraw DIAGRAM features.



ConceptDraw DIAGRAM is a perfect alternative to MS Visio for MAC and PC platforms.


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In addition to the above material, we would like to give opinions of some users who have already switched from MS Visio to ConceptDraw DIAGRAM

I choose ConceptDraw DIAGRAM because it was the closest to MS Visio on the Mac side. ConceptDraw DIAGRAM has all of the features I need and can output as a MS Visio file if needs to be... — says Kris Rockwell, Hybrid Learning Systems

The main reason I switched is that I moved from a PC to Mac and currently there is no version MS Visio for Mac. And installing virtual PC etc. etc. was just too much of a hassle... — says Randolph Jacinto

MS Visio has become quite complicated and it turns out that UML diagrams are easier to create with ConceptDraw DIAGRAM MS Visio has some strange behavior that, I think, is related to integrating with modeling tools such as Rational, etc. I just want a diagramming software and nothing more! Another reason is I like the Apple OS X operating system very much. I've been a long-time Window's user (and software developer) and I'm tired of the same old thing, I suppose. In general, the software for Apple platform seems nicer and easier to use... — says Andrew Joseph

The main reason for the switch is my switch from a PC to a Mac computer. I have tried Graffle Pro and found that it wasn't the perfect replacement. I am still playing with the ConceptDraw DIAGRAM draw capabilities. One thing that MS Visio does extremely well ( better than any other diagram product that I have seen) is that you can cut and paste the diagram into a Word.doc and it looks perfect. That is not true of Graffle Pro and quite frankly not really the case with ConceptDraw DIAGRAM from what I can tell. ConceptDraw DIAGRAM does have some nice templates and useful features. I will continue to use it and evaluate the capabilities. The ability to go back and forth between PC and Mac and MS Visio and ConceptDraw is an important capability... — says John Latham.PhD, Managing Partner, GENITECT LLC

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Use thousands of Templates and Examples:

  • Flowcharts
  • Business Process Models
  • UML
  • ERD
  • Building Plans
  • Network Diagrams
  • Gantt charts
  • Org Charts
  • Mind Maps
  • Business Infographics
  • Dashboards
  • Engineering diagrams
  • Graphs and Charts
  • GEO Maps
  • SWOT Matrix
  • Marketing Diagrams
  • TQM Diagrams
  • Science and Education diagrams
  • Software Development diagrams
  • Finance and Accounting flowcharts




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Wireframing →

Website wireframe is a detailed view of design or its skeleton. It shows all the important elements of the final website, the main groups of contents, information structure, describes the user's interaction with interface and its estimated visualisation. ConceptDraw DIAGRAM extended with Website Wireframe solution from the Software Development area is the best wireframing software. Using the wireframe tools, libraries of vector objects, template and examples which offers a Website Wireframe solution, you will easily design the websites wireframes of any complexity.Wireframing *
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Model Based Systems Engineering →

ConceptDraw DIAGRAM is a professional diagramming and vector drawing software. Now, enhanced with SysML Solution from the Software Development Area of ConceptDraw Solution Park, ConceptDraw DIAGRAM became an ideal software for model based systems engineering (MBSE).Model Based Systems Engineering *
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Approval Process and Segregation of ResponsibilitiesAccounting Flowchart Example →

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Network diagrams with ConceptDraw DIAGRAM  →

Of course it is possible to keep network records in text documents, but it is very difficult to use them later. A more sound way to keep such documentation is to create a network diagram that might represent either logical network structure or physical. These diagrams are easy to understand and you will thank yourself later. There is a physical network diagram. It is a tool to represent, maintain and analysis of network equipment and interconnections. Network diagram depicts the actual network information in the attractive clear graphic form. One can learn here the LAN cable length, telecommunication type and carrying capacity. The diagram depicts servers, IP address and domain name as well. Also it shows location of hubs, switches, modems, routers, and other network equipment. The sets of special symbols and images delivered with ConceptDraw Network Diagrams solution are used to show network components. Symbols have a standard view. Therefore, various specialists can read the network diagram without any discrepancies.Network diagrams with ConceptDraw DIAGRAM  *
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Fishbone Diagram Template →

A causal model is an abstract concept, that describes the causal mechanisms of a system, by noting certain variables and their influence on each other, in an effort to discover the cause of a certain problem or flaw. This model is presented in diagram form by using a fishbone diagram. ConceptDraw DIAGRAM diagramming and vector drawing software enhanced with Fishbone Diagrams solution helps you create business productivity diagrams from Fishbone diagram templates and examples, that provide to start using of the graphic method for the analysis of problem causes. Each predesigned Fishbone Diagram template is ready to use and useful for instantly drawing your own Fishbone Diagram.Fishbone Diagram Template *
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Network Security Diagram →

ConceptDraw DIAGRAM diagramming and vector drawing software enhanced with Network Security Diagrams Solution from the Computer and Networks Area of ConceptDraw Solution Park is the best for effective design professional, colorful and attractive Network Security Diagram of any complexity and degree of detailing.Network Security Diagram *
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How to Draw a Flowchart →

Data processing can be very complex sometimes. If you are interested in facilitating your work with data, it’s time to learn how to draw flowcharts with special software or using just a piece of paper. The list of flowchart basic symbols includes rectangles, diamond, ellipses etc. and is used to represent processes, actions, decisions or data processing. A well-done flowchart bring the clearness of the sequence of a process stages. There are number of symbols that can be used in flow charts to show various sorts of steps. The basic flowchart can be created using a few of them: Process, Decision, Start/Finish. A basic element of a flowchart represents a simple action and looks like a box, that contains a description of the action. The depicting of actions sequence is made with arrows between corresponding action boxes, as you can see on the sample diagram. Also it shows the symbols for flowchart start and finish steps. ConceptDraw Flowcharts solution provides the ability to build basic flow charts as well as the ones of any size and complexity with a minimum of actions.How to Draw a Flowchart *
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