VSD File Extension

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Visio Drawing Format
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What is VSD file?

File with VSD extension contains drawings and diagrams created using Microsoft Visio and saved in binary format. VSD uses lossless compression algorithm similar to LZW. VSD is a proprietary format; it was replaced by VDX format in 2010, and by VSDX and VSDM in 2013. VSD was a native format for projects created with Visio until 2013, but it is still supported be the program. VSD diagram can consist of elements and data that conform to the following standards:

  • UML – Unified Modeling Language,
  • BPMN – Busines s Process Model and Notation,
  • IEEE – Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Diagrams can be created based on many existing templates and data resources from other Microsoft applications – Excel, SQL Server, SharePoint, etc. More advanced templates and template merging option is available only in Professional version of Visio. VSD file can store:

  • Block diagrams,
  • Process map,
  • Organizational structure,
  • Timeline,
  • IT architecture design,
  • Floor layout,

and many other diagrams. VSD is a properietary format and as such can only be opened using dedicated programs and VSD viewers. Diagram image can be exported into other popular format and shared.

Programs that support VSD file

Conversion of a VSD file

When you install one of the applications from the list of programs that you found here, you should be able to open or edit the file with the VSD extension without any issue. However, if you still have problems with this, you may use the option of VSD file conversion to a different format.

File Conversions from VSD extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to VSD file

We hope we helped you solve the problem with the VSD file. If you do not know where you can download the application from our list, click on the link (which is the name of the program) - you will find more information there on the location where to download the secure setup version of the required application.

What else may cause problems?

There can be more reasons which determine that you are not able to open the VSD file (apart from the lack of the proper application installed).

First - the VSD file may be incorrectly associated with the application installed to support it. In this case, you need to change this association by yourself. To do this, right-click on the VSD file that you want to edit, click "Open with" and then select the program from the list that you have installed. After this operation, the problems with opening the VSD file should be solved.

Second - the file you want to open can simply be damaged. Then, the best solution is to find a new version of given file, or download it again from the same source as before (maybe for some reason in the previous session the download of the VSD file has not been completed and it cannot be opened properly).

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