Translation of Visio Files

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New Method

If you received a VSD file, ask your client to save it as XML Drawing (*.vdx).[1]. As of Wordfast Pro v. 3.2, Visio (VDX) files can be translated directly just as any other supported file format without the need to write custom conversion rules. Use File menu > Open to open the file. When you finish translation, use File menu > Save Translated File to get the target file in the same *.vdx format.

Obsolete Method

Versions of Wordfast Pro before 3.2 used to require conversion rules to open VDX files.

  • To be able to open a VDX file in older versions of Wordfast Pro, you need to create a new filter. Download the Visio Conversion Rules (*.properties) file.
  • To add the new filter, open Wordfast Pro Edit menu.
  • Select Preferences > Formats > New.
  • Select Text-based Filter.
  • Type any name for the new filter.
  • Change the Extension to *.vdx
  • Click the browse [...] button to locate the Conversion Rules (*.properties) file.
  • Click Apply and OK.
  • Now, you should be able to open any VDX file for translation in Wordfast Pro.
  • Open Wordfast Pro File menu.
  • Select Open file. (You can open any number of Visio files with the same filter.) Select the Visio file you want to open.
  • Complete the translation of your TXML file, as usual.
  • To generate the final translated Visio (*.vdx) file, open Wordfast Pro File menu and select Save Translated File.[2][3][4]

Download the Visio conversion rules


  1. Read this article to learn how to save VSD files as VDX files
  2. If you want to preview Visio files and you do NOT have MS Visio, you can download Visio Viewer for FREE.
  3. Read this article to learn how to open VDX files in MS Visio.
  4. This vidoe illustrates the process of translating Visio files in older versions of Wordfast Pro.