Microsoft Visio is a diagramming program for Microsoft Windows that uses vector graphics to create diagrams. In other to allow anyone who likes to view Visio drawings and diagrams (created with Visio 5.0 through Visio 2010) on their computers without the Visio installation, Microsoft has released a new Visio 2010 Viewer for viewing Visio drawing files with .vsd, .vss, .vst, .vdx, .vsx or .vtx extension in Internet Explorer. According to Microsoft, the new Visio Viewer is expected to enable users to discover the advantages of using Visio drawings, charts and illustrations in a Web-based environment especially for teams that need to collaborate from different locations.

To view the Visio drawings, the user just need to double click on the drawing file in Windows Explorer and the Visio will render the drawing in the browser window. Besides viewing, the user also can print portion of the drawing displayed.

Other features of Visio 2010 Viewer includes:

  • Pan and zoom in the drawing window by using toolbar buttons, keyboard shortcuts or menu items in the shortcut menu.
  • Able to see the properties of any shape by opening the Properties and Settings dialog box, and then selecting a shape.
  • Some rendering and display settings are available in the Display Settings tab of the Properties and Settings dialog box.
  • Able to set drawing-layer visibility and colors in the Layer Settings tab, and annotation visibility and colors in the Markup Settings tab.
  • Supports Visio binary (.vsd) and XML (.vdx) files.

Visio 2010 Viewer works well in most of the Microsoft Operating Systems such as Windows 7, Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-Bit x86), Windows Server 2003 R2 x64 editions, Windows Server 2008 (SP2), Windows Vista (SP1), Windows Vista (SP2) and Windows XP (SP3).

Download Visio 2010 Viewer 1.0: .