Introduction

One of the oneAssist MultiConverter's features that you can use free of charge is the import and export of an application's files into another format supported by the same application. You could use this, for example, to convert all your diagrams to PDF documents.

This tutorial is a step-by-step guide to converting VSD Visio diagrams to VSDX diagrams. It is also available as a video on our YouTube channel.

We start by having a look at the folder structure containing the source files (Fig. 1). Our sample folder on hard drive C contains a total of 8 files distributed in 6 sub folders. At the end of our tutorial these VSD files will be placed as VSDX files in a target folder on hard drive D within a duplicate of the sub folder structure.

Conversion

We select Import and Combine on the application's start screen (Fig. 2). To start the conversion process we select the software we want to use. In this case it is Microsoft Visio in a version between 2003 and 2013. The MultiConverter opens the diagram via the source software and saves it in the target format. This is why we need an installed version of Visio on the same machine that is running the MultiConverter.

In addition to selecting individual files from your hard drive the MultiConverter also supports the monitoring and recreation of complex folder structures (Fig. 5). All files already in the folder will be converted as will all files that are placed in the folder while the MultiConverter's monitoring mode is running. In our tutorial we select our previously mentioned sample folder and activate the option to include all sub folders (Fig. 6).

Now we are able to select all the file formats supported by the source software that we want to convert. We choose just the VSD format (Fig. 7).

The resulting files can be generated at different locations. Even the upload to an internal or external SharePoint server is possible. We decide to use a separate target folder (Fig. 8).

In addition to the target folder we activate the option to recreate the sub folder structure from the source directory in the target folder (Fig. 9).

All file formats supported by the source software are available as target formats for your conversion. We are choosing the VSDX format (Fig. 10).

Now the MultiConverter starts to convert all files in the selected source folder and all its sub folders (Fig. 11). We stop the monitoring when the queue is empty and have a look at the target directory (Fig. 12). Here we find the same folder structure as in the source directory. Within these folders we find the converted VSDX files.

Final remarks

The different source software supported by the MultiConverter, e.g. Microsoft Visio or Corel DESIGNER, offer many different output formats. For sending files the PDF format and multiple graphic formats are commonly used. When exporting to a graphic format the MultiConverter will automatically create a graphic file for each page of the Visio diagram.

In addition to importing and exporting the feature also allows you to combine multiple files that can be opened by Visio into a single multi-page Visio document. Details will be described in another installment of our tutorial series.