5 free Microsoft Visio Alternatives

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  1. For network diagrams, you can try http://www.gliffy.com/. Works great and has some great features. 🙂 I’ve also used DIA and it works excellent.

  2. hemant saxena

    your comment too validates usefulness of the utility (DIA).

  3. Luis Josef

    I would only call a couple of these to be true Visio alternatives. IMO, Graphviz and Inkscape wouldn’t count.

    I’ve probably tried a dozen of these now and finally found one that I have been using for months now. To save others the hassle of download after download and registration after registration…try Lucidchart’s Visio editor. It can import Visio files, it can export back to Visio. You can upload Visio stencils and create new diagrams. Essentially it is Visio but online which is incredible.

  4. bear893

    I agree with Luis. Lucidchart has a great tool for working with Visio files and being able to export back to Visio. Make it easy for teams to transition from visio to another service.

  5. TightCoder

    LibreOffice/OpenOffice Draw are pretty powerful once you get to know them, but fall down at the lack of symbol galleries. A reasonable (if smallish) set of symbols for drawing diagrams with physical network equipment can be found here: http://www.vrt.com.au/downloads/vrt-network-equipment

  6. Carter Dunley

    Totally agree with Luis. What I also like about Lucidchart is it also collaborative which super easy in an office setting to complete group projects. It is definitely one of my favorite alternatives to Visio for all mac users and even PC users (if your pocket cash is too small for Visio’s price)

  7. Marcy White

    These are some great alternatives, but you should also try Lucid Press! https://www.lucidpress.com/pages/inkscape-alternative

  8. macydalby

    You should give Lucidchart a try! I used Lucidchart’s draw network diagram free and it was really easy to understand. If you use diagrams often you should check it out!

  9. macydalby

    Lucidchart seems popular here! I also used Lucidchart’s free network diagram tool and it was really easy to understand. If you use diagrams often you should check it out!

  10. WafflingWarbler

    Open/LibreOffice Draw is surprisingly capable once you discover some of the less obvious features (spline/node editing, in-place editing of grouped objects without having to ungroup etc.), it’s Visio import is getting much better, even the symbol libraries are starting to improve. If you’re looking to create network diagrams, this CC-licensed shape library from VRT Systems is excellent:

  11. macydalby

    Like Luis and Carter I think Lucidchart is the best option. I used Lucidchart’s network diagram online free and it was really easy to understand. It also is compatible with most software and the online collaboration is awesome!

  12. John Anderson

    Also try Describio (https://www.describio.com). You can use it to create interactive organizational charts and runnable flowcharts. Its flowcharting feature is great for testing logic before building the actual product.

  13. Roger

    It looks to be free for 5 public diagrams for individual use with limitations.

  14. Yes, you can only draw 5 public diagrams with the free account. The only limitation is PDF and SVG export.

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