Microsoft Visio | Mac / Web Alternatives | A Diagram Tools List for Os X

Microsoft Visio is a well known tool for creating network diagrams, visuals, flowcharts and charts. Visio only runs on Windows so there’s a curiosity for alternative solutions to run on Mac Os and/or the web.

This list created by Bala Gopalan aka @jambajaar  answers that question. It’s a question lot of people are asking. This list popped in my radar in the last week or two as it’s begun to pick up momentum. There’s something like 100-200k searches per month around all the keyword pertaining to Visio and Network diagram tools for the Mac.

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20 Visio Alternatives For Mac OS X

A list of alternatives for Visio for Mac users. There isn't one that matches Visio 100%. But options in this list could meet some of the requirements if not all. Lastly, there is always the option of running Visio/Win on VMware Fusion or Parallels.
Feb 10, 2011 - - 27663
ConceptDraw Pro | @CSO_ConceptDraw
ConceptDraw PRO is a full-featured diagramming platform that lets you display, communicate, and dynamically present.
Mar 21, 2011 by D Grow - - 23997
LucidChart | @LucidChart
Create diagrams and drawings such as a flowchart, mind map, network diagram, UML diagram, wireframe, user interface design and other drawings online with free flowchart software.
Mar 22, 2011 by Induja - - 25798
Creately | @creately
Creately is a great Visio alternative that allows you to create flow charts, UML diagrams, wireframes, mockups, mind maps or just about any other diagram type. It enables collaboration with others right from your desktop, so you can invite team-members and clients to review and comment on your diagrams easily.
Oct 11, 2012 by David Benson - - 28284 @Diagramly is a free online diagram drawing application for workflow, BPM, org charts, UML, ER, network diagrams. It optionally integrates with Google Drive (TM) with cloud storage.
Feb 10, 2011 - - 22925
OmniGraffle | @omnigroup
Need a diagram, process chart, quick page-layout, website wireframe or graphic design? OmniGraffle can help you make eye-popping graphic documents quickly by keeping lines connected to shapes even when they're moved, providing powerful styling tools, importing and exporting Microsoft Visio files, and magically organizing diagrams with just one click.
Jun 13, 2012 by Nick Kellet - - 23223
@SimpleDiagrams | Create simple diagrams in a snap!

SimpleDiagrams is a desktop tool that helps you create simple diagrams quickly.

Feb 10, 2011 - - 21957
Gliffy | @Gliffy
Online diagram software. Create and share flowcharts, network diagrams, floorplans, user
interface designs and other drawings online with the Gliffy diagram editor.


Jul 18, 2012 by Stephen McDonnell - - 26977

Welcome to Dia's new homepage. Dia is a GTK+ based diagram creation program for GNU/Linux, MacOS X, Unix, and Windows, and is released under the GPL license.
Basic, but functional and free

Oct 10, 2012 by Nick Kellet - - 24770
Balsamiq | @balsamiq

Balsamiq Studios is a fast-growing, but still-very-personable software company that aims to make the world a better place by helping people create software that is easier to use. We like to compete on usability and customer service.

May 08, 2013 by Vitalii Varbanets - - 23815
VSD Viewer

VSD Viewer for Mac - View the Visio Drawing on Mac VSD Viewer is a tool designed to support the use of the Visio vsd documents by Mac OS users, enabling them to open and read MS Visio drawings on Mac.

Sep 07, 2013 by John Pettigrew - - 23820
yWorks - The Diagramming Company

YEd is free and capable cross-platform software for charts and diagrams. High-quality software components for graph analysis, automatic graph layout, and visualization. For Java, the .NET environment, and the Web.

Feb 10, 2011 - - 28504
MockFlow | @mockflowapp

MockFlow is an online wireframe tool for software and websites

Oct 10, 2012 by Nick Kellet - - 22242
DrawAnywhere - Draw Anywhere, Anything, Any time - complete web-based diagramming solutions. Create and share flow charts, block diagrams, process charts and other drawings online.

May 22, 2014 by Nick Kellet - - 23189
ProcessOn - Create diagrams online & Real time collaboration

ProcessOn is a powerful online diagramming platform. We make diagrams drawing so easy, such as flowchart, BPMN, UML diagrams, UI mockups, iOS mockups, and org charts.

Oct 10, 2012 by Nick Kellet - - 29749
ArgoUML @ArgoUML

ArgoUML is the leading open source UML modeling tool and includes support for all standard UML 1.4 diagrams. It runs on any Java platform and is available in ten languages. See the feature list for more details.

ArgoUML 0.26 and 0.26.2 were downloaded over 80,000 times and are in use all over the world. See the download statistics.

ArgoUML is distributed under the Eclipse Public License (EPL) 1.0.

Oct 10, 2012 by Nick Kellet - - 30377
Lovely Charts | Diagram software

Lovely Charts is an online diagramming application that allows you to create professional looking diagrams, such as flowcharts, sitemaps, organisation charts, wireframes, and many more... For free.

Oct 10, 2012 by Nick Kellet - - 24114 | Online Flowcharts with Realtime collaboration

Online real time collaboration Flow chart software service. Flow charts made easy with online service A easy flowchart maker. A easy online diagram software maker

Oct 10, 2012 by Nick Kellet - - 28202
DiagramPainter - create Flow Charts, Mind Maps and more on Mac OS X and Windows

Quickly create professional looking diagrams!

With DiagramPainter, you can quickly draw flowchart diagrams, mind mappings, organization charts, and more. With a few clicks, you can then integrate the diagram in your favourite program, by copying it to the clipboard as image, or saving it as file. It exports diagrams as .png, .jpg, and .bmp image files, and even has an integrated fast .pdf exporter supporting shadows and transparencies.
Rich text everywhere

Diagram Painter supports instant full rich text editing in the diagram, everywhere. That means you can directly type your text into the diagram, and format it as you like, on all elements: Be it different font faces, sizes, alighment, text colors and more.

May 16, 2013 by Terrance Kirkwood - - 22561
Zengobi - Curio - Mind Mapping, Brainstorming, and Project Management Software for Mac OS X

Zengobi Curio, an amazingly powerful note taking, mind mapping, brainstorming, and task management digital notebook application for Apple Mac OS X.

Feb 07, 2014 by Jack Fruh - - 23193

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So far 50 people have contributed to this list and it’s seen almost 9k views. It’s not been embedded anywhere yet, so I thought I’d fix that with this post.
Here’s a chart of the SEO growth of this list. I call it SEO growth because that’s all that’s driven this. This is the opposite of the usual content life-cycle, but something we are very much seeing is the new normal for content created via

This list coming up on Page 1 of Google on multiple search terms. Here’s 5 Key Word Searches where the list is on page one of Google.

Based on other examples I have a feeling that the SEO traffic for this list is going to keep on growing. Here’s three actions you can take.

  • Add to it if we are missing a tool.
  • Vote on the tools you like the most.
  • Embed this list on your blog



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