The file extension VSD is associated with Microsoft Visio, which is part of Microsoft Office and is an application that provides you with access to advanced diagramming elements. Visio 2010 provides templates, shapes, and other tools that allow you to create a professional looking diagram. You can then link the diagram to other applications in Microsoft Office such as Excel or Word.
The extension VSD is a vector image file type that contains shapes, drawings, diagrams, grids, page layouts, workflow rules, logic, and other elements that are included in a project created with Visio 2010. Once the VSD file is created, you can integrate it with application in Microsoft Office or other Microsoft programs such as SQL Server, Object Linking and Embedding Database (OLEDB), SharePoint, and Microsoft Access.
Visio 2010 is also designed with collaboration in mind, which means you can share VSD files with other users by connecting the file with one of the applications mentioned above and then publishing the file to the SharePoint Server. VSD files can then be stored in the SharePoint repository for reuse at a later date.
How to Open VSD Files
If the Windows operating system, you can open VSD files using Microsoft Visio 2010, which is available for download on the Microsoft website. You can also use iGrafix FlowCharter to open VSD files in Windows. iGrafix is available as a paid download on the iGrafix website and requires you to have Microsoft Office installed on your PC.
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 will also open VSD files in Windows. CorelDRAW is available as a free trial download on the Corel website.
For Mac OS X, you can open VSD files using OmniGraffle, which is available in a free trial version on the OmniGroup website or the Mac AppStore. OmniGraffle is offered in both a Standard and Professional version.
Another option you can use to open VSD files is to convert them to another format such as PDF or XML (Extensible Markup Language). There are a number of file conversion programs available as a free download on websites such as CNET which will convert VSD files to PDF or XML for you.
You can also use an online resource such as Zamzar which will perform free file conversion for you as long as the content is not copyright protected. Simply log onto the website, browse for the VSD file, choose the new format, enter your email address, and click on Convert. Within minutes you will receive the newly converted file in your email inbox.