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Windows 7: Visio viewer -- terrible at printing

22 Feb 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Visio viewer -- terrible at printing

I have Office 2007 and the Office 2010 Visio Viewer installed. Anytime I click on a vsd file, I am redirected to Internet Explorer where the Visio Viewer is launched. This is fine for browsing a Visio file. I can move the diagram around and zoom in for more detail.

However, when I want to print the Visio diagram I'm finding I cannot get it to work properly. First and foremost, Visio diagrams seem to work on a "boundless" paradigm. There is no real "border". If you move a diagram up, the scroll bars re-position to keep the diagram "centered". So, when I go to Print Preview, I find the diagram is too small. I want to zoom in on the diagram and have it print to fill the page, without unnecessary white space around this. But... this does not happen. The Visio Viewer does some kind of reduction, making the fonts look pixelated.

I can't for the life of me find a way to center the diagram to fill the page and then print this. I've tried a couple of separate tools, like visViewer, but they can't achieve this either. My "workaround" is to use visViewer to screen capture portions of a diagram, then bring those separate images into Photoshop and piece them together. This is laborious and tedious.

So am I missing something? Or is there a 3rd party Visio viewing tool that does a sufficient job and being able to print diagrams with a decent scaling function, so that a diagram will "fit to page" with good resolution? Heaven forbid that Microsoft would provide this in its own viewing tool. I suspect they're just trying to force the end-user to buy full Visio for this. I am NOT needing to create Visio diagrams, so buying it is a complete waste of money for me.

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22 Feb 2014   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2

I believe the main issue with printing from microsofts viewer is related to a bitmap representation of a vector image - quality will always suffer in these circumstances

There are other (mostly if not all Free ) viewers for the format, have not used any of these as I have direct access to all versions of the Visio application but may be worth a check to see if anything better meets your needs

there's a list here ... ... Free Visio Viewer Downloads - Visio Viewer Software
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