Visio Import and Export

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Dragon1 supports direct import of Microsoft Visio files (VDX and VSDX) and saving the shapes as entity objects in the Architecture Repository.

Upload your Visio File Directly

Dragon1 is the SaaS platform for Enterprise Architecture. On the platform you create blueprints, landscapes and roadmaps to support decision-making and to guide innovation projects.

If you have used Visio for some time, you will have many files you would like to reuse.

You can directly upload or import these files. Just create a trial account, log in, go to the Visual Designer and choose File > Import From > Device. Select your Visio file and with one click your Visio is imported.

If your Visio file has multiple visualizations, it will generate a TAB for every visualization, you will have a data lossless import of your data.

Example Visio File

Here is an example Visio file you can use to check the Import/Upload feature for Visio on Dragon1.

Example Visio File

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This screenshot shows the Import/Upload of the example Visio file on Dragon1.

Saving Shapes As Entity Objects In The Repository

Dragon1 has a special feature. You can save the shapes from your imported/uploaded Visio, as Entity Objects in the Repository.

For that you need to tag the shapes. You do that by selecting a shape via clicking on a shape in the visualization. Next, you press CTRL-M. In the properties dialog for the selected shape, you add property Entityclass and next you add what entity class this object is. For instance, Process or Application. Dragon1 has a list of 300+ predefined entity classes you can choose from.

Now click on the orange Save button. Next, click on the Save Entities button. You now see that all the tagged shapes are saved as entity objects in the repository.

Export File to Visio (VSDX)

You cannot only import/upload Visio and save shapes as entity objects. You can also do a full round trip: you can export any visualization you create as Visio so that it can be opened and edited in Microsoft Visio and next you can import the edited file from Visio again.

You can do that by choosing File > Export > Visio (VSDX) in the Visual Designer.

Architecture Center

Many user organizations use Dragon1 as Architecture Center. They create a consistent set of about 20 visualizations on the platform, publish them in the Architecture Center and embed them on their own intranet.

Often this is hard to do without the ability of the Visio Import/Upload. Because the feature is available on the Dragon1 platform, you can always succeed in reusing your Visio data and quickly and easily creating an Architecture Center on your intranet with it.

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This screenshot is an example Architecture Center.

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