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Posted on 2013-06-19
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I have a number of diagrams, that came from Diagram Designer by MeeSoft, and I need to import them into MS Visio 2010 for editing pruposes.  The file extensions that can be used for an export are WMF, EMF, BMP, JPEG, PNG, MNG, ICO, GIF and PCX images.  The problem comes on the Visio side when the file is open it will load into Visio but you can not edit any of them.  They are all imported as 1 complete graphic and does not allow the editing of the individual symbols.  Is there any way to make the flow chart symbols individual items and not part of the entire graphic image.

Thanks in advance for the help.
John
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Hi John,

You'll want to export as WMF or EMF, since those are vector formats.

Then you can import them into Visio, as follows:

1A. From an existing drawing, go to Insert > Picture
1B. With nod drawing, go to File > Open
2. Choose EMF or WMF from the filter drop-down to the right of the "File name:" text box
3. Select your file.

Visio will open it, but the graphic will be a single item. You can ungroup/convert it to Visio vectors as follows:

1. Select the imported item
2. Type [Ctrl] + [Shift] + U (for ungroup) or
     Right-click and choose Group > Ungroup
     
You will now be able to edit text and polygons. Note, the results are not always so wonderful. For example, I exported a Visio flowchart to EMF, then re-imported it. The shapes had gradient fills. When I re-imported and ungrouped, those gradients became tens of thin stripes. Very annoying, but still better than a bitmap, I suppose!
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