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It is possible to open Microsoft Visio files in Ubuntu? Perhaps something like Dia, or OpenOffice Draw?

It is not an emergency, but it would be nice...

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LibreOffice handles .vsd files very well, I had no idea. Saw it as an answer below, sweet! libreoffice.org/download/3-5-new-features-and-fixes –  TryTryAgain Nov 30 '12 at 23:49

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It's coming to LibreOffice now. Expect it in v3.5.

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Welcome to AskUbuntu! –  jmendeth Jul 21 '11 at 16:32
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Fantastic! I had no idea! It works quite well. This should be the accepted answer. Thanks for sharing. –  TryTryAgain Nov 30 '12 at 23:48

You could use an online service like http://www.freepdfconvert.com (there are dozens) to turn it into a PDF and with that view it or manhandle it in Inkscape, et al.

But as for direct opening, not yet, I'm afraid. It's fairly niche too so I wouldn't expect a solution any time soon.

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Crossover handles Visio very well, unlike the many issues you may find with Wine. Although Crossover is a commercial product and Visio as well, as far as alternative Visio like applications there are a few.

  • DIA
  • Kivio
  • OpenOffice Draw
  • ArgoUML
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Dia can open Visio's XML format (VDX)

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Just tried the sample package off the MS website. Error loading diagram /home/oli/Desktop/VisioSam/BlkDia.vsd. Unknown file type. –  Oli Oct 11 '10 at 23:17
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You have to export as .vdx not .vsd from Visio –  maco Oct 11 '10 at 23:31

I installed Visio in Ubuntu, but first I installed Wine. It's working fine (there are some issues!). I don't know if there is another way to open that kind of files. I tried with OpenOffice.org Drawing but nothing happen.

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If you have Visio on hand, could you please see if Dia can open it? –  Soviero Oct 11 '10 at 23:19

If you have access to Visio 2003 or higher, you could try to convert it to .SVG That format is easily readable by both Dia and Inkscape. If not, you're in a world of pain because raw Visio is not easily convertible.

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I just opened an old .vsd file in LibreOffice [mentioned in post above] aand it converted to .odg format and allowed me to edit. I needed to prune a db2 schema diagram which had been created automatically years ago. LibreOffice worked very nicely.

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LibreOffice is already mentioned. If you have something to add to an existing answer, please use the comments and use the "Your Answer" section only for actual (new) answers. –  gertvdijk Oct 17 '13 at 21:04

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