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How to Convert PDF to Visio Online and Offline

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2024-04-18 11:56:27 • Filed to: PDF Converter • Proven solutions

Converting any PDF file into Visio-supported file format is the best solution to use graphic images and diagrams in Visio drawings easily. Visio supports files only created with design tools such as Adobe Illustrator and AutoCAD, and it does not support PDF files. If you have a couple of PDF files, you can choose to convert PDF to Visio using Wondershare PDFelement - PDF Editor, which is an efficient and professional PDF converter.

If you prefer to convert PDF to Visio online, you can try Hipdf, an online PDF converter.

3 Steps to Convert PDF to Visio with PDFelement

Wondershare PDFelement - PDF Editor can be a PDF to Visio converter that enables you to easily convert PDF to Visio supported formats (jpg, png, tiff, txt, etc.). Moreover, it offers you essential features to easily edit, and modify the text, images, and pages in PDF files. The embedded OCR feature even lets you freely make changes on image-based scanned PDF files.

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Step 1. Open File

Launch PDFelement, then drag and drop a PDF document in the program window to open directly. Or you can click the "+" button to browse a PDF file to import.

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Step 2. Convert PDF to Visio

Go to the "Convert" tab, and select the "To Image" or "To Text" option. You can choose any Visio supported formats such as .bmp, .jpg, .txt, .png and so on. After that, choose the output folder to save the Visio file in your desired file destination. Finally, click "Save" to begin the process.

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Step 3. Import PDF to Visio

Open any version of the Visio program and go to the "Insert" tab from the Illustrations menu, and select Picture. Open the folder which contains the PDF image file, select the image, and click "Open." The PDF images opened in Visio drawings always open as metafiles, whereas bitmap image files stay on as bitmap in Visio drawings.

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You will not have to go through the complicated settings to convert your PDF file into any format, and all the conversion tools are present right in PDFelement. With a single click, you can convert PDF from or into images, MS documents, text files, and more. Additionally, you can also edit PDF text before converting them to Visio or other formats. You can also restrict access or editing rights to your files by adding passwords. Digital signatures, watermarks, and redactions are other useful security features that you can use on confidential documents.

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Wondershare PDF Converter Pro is another program that supports converting PDF to Visio-supported formats. It focuses on the converting feature, and various document formats are supported. So if you want a simple converter, then it should be your choice.

It's easy to convert PDF to Visio with Wondershare PDF Converter Pro. Add a PDF document to the converter, select Visio compatible formats, such as .jpg, .png, .bmp. or .tiff, etc. to convert it. Then you can open Microsoft Visio, and click the "File" > "Open" option to browse the converted PDF file directly.

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Convert PDF to Visio Online

PDF to Visio Converter Online(to Editable Vector Drawings)

The method above only convert PDF to a bitmap image file, which can't be edited at the object level in Visio. To convert PDF to a vector graphic for Visio, you can try pdf2picture, which can convert PDF to WMF, EMF, or SVG format so that the drawing can be edited in Visio.

Here are the steps to use pdf2picture online.

  • Go to pdf2picture online.
  • Click Choose File and upload your PDF file.
  • Select WMF as the output format and click Next to begin the conversion.
  • After the PDF file is converted, open it in Visio by using Insert Pictures.
  • To edit the converted PDF file in Visio, right click the drawing, select Group > Upgroup. Now the drawing become editable.
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  • The pdf2picture online is a free test conversion service, which can convert only the first page of one PDF file in one day. If you need to convert more PDFs to Visio, you need to pay for its desktop version.
  • If you PDF drawing is a scanned file or an image, it is impossible to convert the drawing to editable vector graphic.

PDF to Visio Online (to Image Formats)

You can also convert PDF to Visio online by HiPDF, which can work as a PDF to Visio online converter to convert PDF to Visio supported image formats. Here are the simple steps:

  • Go to the online PDF to Visio Converter website:
  • Choose PDF to Images, then select a format, such as JPG, PNG, which are supported by Visio.
  • Upload your PDF document, and the conversion will be processed automatically.
  • Download your converted image file.
  • Add it to your Visio.
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What File Types can be Opened in Visio?

Visio supports more than 22 file formats, and it allows you to import graphic images and vector-based designs as metafiles into Visio drawings. But Bitmap images such as .pcx, .bmp, etc., always remain as bitmaps. It's better to convert the vector-based graphic designs as Visio drawings as the editing in original file format gives unnecessary jagged lines in your Visio drawings. Here is a list of popular file formats used in Visio Drawings:

  • AutoCAD (.dwg, .dxf)
  • Adobe Illustrator(.ai)
  • Enhanced Metafile (.emf)
  • Compressed Enhanced Metafile (.emz)
  • Draw(.cdr)
  • Tag Image File(.tif, .tiff)
  • PostScript File(.ps)
  • Micrografx Designer Version 6.0 File (.dsf)
  • Portable Network Graphics (.png)
  • Macintosh Picture File (.pct)
  • Scalable Vector Graphics Drawing (.svg, .svgz)
  • FLOW 2.0 (.cfl)
  • Text Separated Values (.txt)
  • Initial Graphics Exchange Specification (.igs)
  • ZSoft PC PaintBrush Bitmap (.pcx)
  • Windows Bitmap (.bmp, .dib)
  • Windows Metafile (.wmf)
  • Comma Separated Values (.csv)
  • AutoCAD Drawing Interchange (.dxf)
  • Graphics Interchange (.gif)
  • Joint Photographic Experts Group (.jpg)
  • Tag Image File Format (.tif, .tiff)
  • Computer Graphics Metafile (.cgm) and many more…

FAQs about Using PDF in Visio

Q1. Can Adobe Acrobat Convert PDF to Visio?

No, Adobe Acrobat cannot directly convert PDF to Visio. However, you can follow these steps to achieve the conversion:

  1. Use Adobe Acrobat to convert the PDF to JPG format.
  2. Open the converted JPG file in Visio.
  3. Save the JPG file as a Visio file in the Visio program.

Q2. Can You Convert JPG to Visio?

Yes, you can convert JPG to Visio using the Visio program. Here's how:

  1. Open the Visio program and create a new project.
  2. Go to the Insert tab and select Pictures in the Illustrations group.
  3. Choose the JPG file you want to insert and click Open to add it to the Visio project.
  4. Finally, save the project in Visio format to complete the conversion.

Q3.How Do I Convert Word to Visio?

To convert Word to Visio, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Visio program and start a new project. Navigate to the Insert tab and click on Object.
  2. In the popup window, select the "Create from file" option. Click the "Browse" button and locate the Word document you want to convert.
  3. Open the Word document, and it will be added to your Visio page. Save the file, and your Word document is now converted to Visio.

Q4. Can I Convert PDF to vsdx/vsd Format?

Microsoft Visio can save a drawing project as .vsd, .vdx, or .vsdx(introduced by Microsoft Visio 2013). So after you have exported a Visio project to PDF, can you convert PDF back to .vdx, .vsdx, .vsd directly for easy editing?

It's nearly impossible to convert PDF to .vsd, .vdx, or even the newer .vsdx. The reason is that you have to vectorize the PDF file to turn it into an editable .vsd, .vdx, or .vsdx file.

Here are 2 workarounds if you want to edit a PDF workflow file.

First, convert the PDF to other Visio-supported formats(such as JPG, PNG, SVG, etc.) and then import the file to Visio for editing.

Secondly, edit the PDF file in a PDF editor like PDFelement, which allows you to edit text, images, add shapes on a PDF file.

Q5. How to Open or Insert PDF in Visio?

Download and install the Insert PDF in the Visio add-in.

Click on the document you want to launch. Remember, scanned PDFs open only as a bitmap image.

Open Visio

Select the PDF page you need and adjust any setting, such as rotation or size. Save as a '.vsdx' file.

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Q6. Can I Convert PDF to Visio Using Word?

You can convert a PDF to Visio in Microsoft Word by following these steps:

Launch the PDF document you want to edit in MS Word. Using the saving as option, you can save a copy of your document with a new filename. Select either WMF or EMF as the file type. Click File>Open in MS Visio to access the WMF or EMF file.

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Q7. How to Convert Visio to PDF?

If you want to convert Visio to PDF, you can easily do that by exporting a Visio file as PDF format. To do that, you need to open the diagram in Visio, then click Export > Create PDF/XPS Document and select Create PDF/XPS. Now click Save as to save the Visio file in PDF.

If your Visio files are saved in JPG, PNG formats, you can use Wondershare PDFelement - PDF Editor to convert Visio images to PDF in batch.

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