The iPad already has tools like xPlan that let users create elaborate Gantt charts and flow diagrams without requiring access to a computer, but having an app of this kind is not the same as being able to import files from a standard desktop tool. Most people create block diagrams and flowcharts using MS Visio, but just like the rest of the Office suite, Microsoft still hasn’t introduced its iOS app so far. Things are not completely hopeless though, as the App Store does offer a convenient way of viewing and annotating VSD and VSDX files on iPhone and iPad. Visio Touch makes it really easy for iDevice owners to import Visio files in a number of ways and convert these diagrams to PDFs for easy sharing.
Note: Visio Touch is a paid iOS app that costs $14.99. We’re giving away 5 promo codes to our readers. You’ll find additional information about taking part in the giveaway at the end of this post.
If you are near a computer, the quickest way to get your Visio data to the app is by using iTunes, as Visio Touch supports USB file transfers. For those who are thinking long-term and want to keep their documents available on the go, the app offers the option to connect to services like Dropbox, SkyDrive, Google Drive and Box. Once you have permitted Visio Touch to access your cloud storage on one or more of these services, importing files to your iPhone takes nothing more than tapping the desired documents.
After importing files, you can choose to tinker with the app’s settings in order to make things more manageable. It is possible to configure Visio Touch to always open in the orientation mode of your choice. The app is compatible with AirPrint, and lets its users define a default page size for that purpose.
Visio Touch does not confuse its users with too many extra options, and a lot of work can be done using simple gestures. To convert a file to PDF, share it or email it to someone, simply drag its icon to the appropriate box at the bottom of the screen. Without converting VSD and VSDX files to PDF, the editing options don’t show up, though you can still open the diagram with any other compatible app. To see the real power of Visio Touch though, you have to convert the diagram to PDF using the button provided in the top bar.
For PDFs, the editing options are quite impressive. You can add text to the diagram, perform some freehand sketching (in multiple colors), or add some colors to existing parts of the document. The option to associate text notes with files is available as well. Much like MagicPlan, the app has readymade stamps that make it easy for users to overlay predefined shapes and word art on their documents.
The PDFs edited with Visio Touch can be shared via email or the cloud storage service of your choice. This universal app costs $14.99, and can be downloaded from the link given below.
We’re giving away 5 Visio Touch promo codes to five lucky readers. The giveaway will last till the end of the coming weekend. Participation is simple.
- Follow @addtips on Twitter.
- Tweet/retweet the giveaway.
- In the comments below, provide a link to your tweet. To do so, right-click the timestamp below your tweet and copy its URL.
Update: The giveaway has been closed and promo codes have been sent to the winners.