Import and export Microsoft Visio 2016 native diagram .VSDX and stencil .VSSX data format

With the introduction of Visio 2013 Microsoft has dropped the binary data format .VSS and the XML format .VDX for diagram file storage. VSDX was introduced as the new XML data format for storage of diagrams and consists of a ZIP archive with a bundle of XML files. The TransWare developer team added support (see Blog post about Visio 2013) to write and read native .VSDX files for the new data format. In 2015 Microsoft introduced the new Visio 2016.

The BPM-X converter is able to read and write native Visio diagram files and translate them bidirectionally into tools like SAP©, ARIS©, IBM BlueWorks Life©, Unicom (ex IBM) System Architect©, Sparx Enterprise Architect©, CaseWise© and many others. The tool is developed in C++ and directly writes to the complex data structure of different XML files in the VSDX file archives. With the direct support of the Visio XML XSD schemes there is no Visio required on the desktop to create VSDX files.

VSDX FormatStructure of VSDX file format

The native support of VSDX archives allows batch processing of large numbers of diagrams for reading and writing of VSDX on the fly. The result are Visio diagrams with the notation of the source tool. The following example shows an ARIS© diagram in Visio 2016. By use of batch processing complete ARIS databases can be converted to Visio.

Visio 2016 EPC screenshot
Visio 2016 translated from ARIS

TransWare carefully researched the Visio 2013 and Visio 2016 file versions of VSDX and proved their compatibility on data level. This means Visio diagrams may be edited with both Visio versions without difference or limitation.


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