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Visio Export

Keith Rockhold
suggested this on December 6, 2011, 1:03 PM

Export Gliffy diagrams to vcd or other Visio compatible format.



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Chris K
Gliffy, Inc.

SVG format (which Gliffy exports to) can be read by Visio

December 6, 2011, 1:45 PM
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Sebastien Ashby

As of Gliffy version 6, your prior statement is no longer true.

What users are seeking is an intermediate diagram exchange format which prevents lock in of our data.

Visio is serving as a de facto standard but we would be open to alternatives.

Whatever the exchange format it would still need to be importable to Visio.

Does Gliffy have a position with regards to customers who are concerned about lock in of their data?



October 9, 2013, 7:57 AM
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Rocco Balsamo
Gliffy, Inc.

Hi Sebastien,

This is correct.  SVG export was removed in Gliffy for Confluence 6.0.  This decision was made for technical reasons, and definitely NOT because we want to lock you in to a certain format.  The only workaround currently is to install a pre 6.0 version of Gliffy for Confluence.  If SVG export is important to you, I definitely recommend switching back to an older version.

We are, however, working on this.  In good faith, I estimate that it will be a month or two before we get SVG export back in to the product.


October 9, 2013, 3:29 PM
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Anita Weiler

I need to edit some Visio files as part of a project I am working on for a client, but I don't have Visio and don't want to buy it. I am looking for something that can both import and export Visio files without loss of quality. Can Gliffy do this?

November 22, 2013, 8:53 AM
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Katy Kelly
Gliffy, Inc.

Hi Anita,

Gliffy can import Visio files in .vdx format, but we cannot export in .vdx or a Visio specific format. SVG export is able to be read by Visio. 

Gliffy Support 

November 25, 2013, 12:32 PM
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Miles Thomas

VSDX is probably the de facto future lingua franca, with VDX to support older systems.  

But maybe look at also supporting GraphML as an export since it is a published standard which some tools use and is fairly easy to write programs to automatically visualise data

SVG promises so much as a format but delivers so little due to so many incomplete implementations of the standard


February 19, 2015, 3:28 AM
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+1 on @Miles Thomas' comments.

To win business beyond small, young companies Gliffy mist be able to seamlessly import/export Visio (.vsdx and ideally .vdx too) documents. A real win would be to also seamlessly import/export Omnigraffle (.graffle) documents as well. Until then we can't promote the use of Gliffy in our company as management is too scared of Gliffy lock-in. Exporting to SVG does not count.

This is a shame because Gliffy is the only diagramming tool (other than PowerPoint) that is truly cross platform. A critical feature in a PC / Mac workplace.

Let's 'make it so'!

April 30, 2015, 9:08 AM
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Rashid Bakhmudov

Fully support RobL's comment.

Lack of smooth import/export of Visio files stops our direction from moving to use gliffy.

Is it in company plans, anywhen?

June 1, 2015, 6:36 AM
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George Lowry

I agree with the comments above regarding native Visio Export.  We consult day in day out with large customers exchanging drawings and flowcharts.   VXD is the only option we have...  Unfortunate if this capability is not part of the roadmap.   One would think that if you can import, you can export.

June 10, 2015, 6:08 AM
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David Lewis (Malacoda)

Why on earth isn't this a thing yet?!

I want to be able to recommend Gliffy to clients, but the lack of Visio export is a complete deal-breaker.

In this day and age alternate products need full compatibility with the market share if you want people to use your products. Without it, you're not even a serious contender.

I'm really quite astonished that this functionality hasn't been included yet.

November 3, 2015, 2:38 AM