How to Create a Wireframe Diagram in Visio

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Wireframe diagrams are the blueprints of a website or a web application that illustrates all the elements required from the client's side. This article will help you understand the steps to create a wireframe diagram in MS Visio and how a beginner can use EdrawMax to import such wireframe diagrams to customize them easily.

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What is a wireframe diagram? Wireframe diagrams are the blueprints of a website or a web application that illustrates all the elements required from the client's side. When we work on Visio wireframe diagrams, we provide an opportunity to our client, our developers, and our business team to take a critical look at the project's structure and allow everyone to provide valuable changes. In simple words, wireframe diagrams help connect the site's information architecture to its visual design by depicting the right passage between different pages. A Visio wireframe diagram is a wireframe design created using Microsoft Visio in the hope that it would provide better team collaboration.

This article will help you understand the steps you need to take to create a Visio wireframe diagram in MS Visio and how a beginner can use EdrawMax to import such Visio wireframe diagrams to customize them easily.

Create a wireframe diagram in Visio

1. How to Create a Wireframe Diagram in Visio

  • Launch the Tool:
  • Creating the user interface of the software prototype becomes smoother with the help of a wireframe diagram, and Visio as a diagram software allows you to make a well-planned wireframe diagram. To make the work easier, you can make a plan and decide the position of menus and keys on the interface. Before starting your task, you must also know how to create a wireframe. You need to go to File and Click on New to get the Wireframe diagram templates. Select a template of your choice to start with your wireframe diagram. A Shapes Pane will also appear with controls you can use to make a software UI.

    Create a wireframe diagram in Visio

  • Have the Wireframe Dialog Box:
  • To make a wireframe dialog box, go to the Dialogs category in the Shapes pane and drag it to your canvas. As you double-click on the header text in the dialog box and type the command, you will get the outer frame of the dialog box. Take elements from drop-down menus and text boxes in the Dialog box. However, since you will be allowed to create the prototype of your software on the Visio tool, the menus you select will not work.

    Create a wireframe diagram in Visio

  • Add Drop-Down Menus and Control Buttons:
  • You should add the drop-down menus and other elements in the wireframe diagram. Drag the Label shape and then place it for that. Click the drop-down shape, drag it to the far right corner of the Label Shape and add the text. Go to the Controls category in the Shapes Pane to add control buttons. Click the button shape from the list and drag it to the place you want. You can name the button by double-clicking on it. Add the buttons with left and right arrows for navigation. Add as many elements as your wish.

    Create a wireframe diagram in Visio

  • Save the Wireframe Diagram:
  • Once you have added all the buttons, controls, and drop-down menus, you can save your wireframe design. You can export the wireframe design in multiple formats and save it for future use. You can also print the Visio wireframe to use it elsewhere.

    Even though Visio comes with Visio Wizard, creating wireframe diagrams in it requires special technical expertise. If this is your first time working on wireframe diagrams, you would want to have a tool that lets you easily create complex wireframe diagrams but can also help you share the same in VSDX format. In the next section, we have outlined some of the easiest steps to create wireframe diagrams.

    Create a wireframe diagram in Visio

How to Create a Wireframe Diagram in Visio:
  • Launch the Tool;
  • Have the Wireframe Dialog Box;
  • Add Drop-Down Menus and Control Buttons;
  • Save the Wireframe Diagram;

2. How to Create a Wireframe Diagram in EdrawMax

EdrawMax is a diagramming tool, well equipped with all the required features to create a unique wireframe diagram. Follow the steps below and start creating the wireframe diagram that you can later export in multiple formats.

Step1 Open EdrawMax & Login

The very first step that you need to follow is to install EdrawMax in your system. Go to EdrawMax Download and download the wireframe diagram maker software depending upon your operating system. If you need remote collaboration with your office team, head to EdrawMax Online and log in using your registered email address.

Create a wireframe diagram in EdrawMax

Step2 Select a Template

Head to the 'Templates' section on the left side of EdrawMax's home screen and search for wireframe diagrams. The system will produce several user-generated wireframe diagram templates to help create diagrams for web or mobile applications.

Create a wireframe diagram in EdrawMax

Step3 Create From Scratch

Head to the 'UI/UX' section on the left side, which you will find under the 'Design' diagram type. Click on 'Website Wireframe' to access the components of a wireframe diagram. Click on the '+' sign to enter the EdrawMax canvas. Here you will find several other components and symbols that help create a wireframe diagram from scratch. You can start by placing the Web Page layout in the beginning and adding subsequent pages.

Create a wireframe diagram in EdrawMax

Step4 Add Symbols & Components

EdrawMax has over 26,000 symbols you can use to create different wireframe diagrams. From the left window, you can access several wireframe diagrams. Start placing them at your desired location. With EdrawMax, you can easily customize your Visio wireframe diagram template as much as you want. From updating the layouts to changing the website icons, EdrawMax lets you 100 percent customize the content.

Create a wireframe diagram in EdrawMax

Step5 Export & Share

Once satisfied with your wireframe diagram, you can export it into multiple formats, like PDF, JPEG, PNG, and more. You can even export the file into Visio format for better collaboration. With EdrawMax, you can share your wireframe diagram on multiple social media platforms, like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Line.

Create a wireframe diagram in EdrawMax

Basically, it is simple to create a wireframe diagram in EdrawMax. Just grab a template, keep customizing, drag and drop professional wireframe diagram symbols to make your drawings better. If you are still confused about how to draw a wireframe diagram in EdrawMax, just check the video below.

3. EdrawMax vs. Visio

Even though Visio and EdrawMax are both wireframe diagramming makers, they both have several differences. EdrawMax has an advantage over Visio on several ground levels, like:

  • Even after several updates, Visio still falls behind in real-time collaboration. The online version of EdrawMax is considered a perfect tool for such collaborations.
  • The symbols and shapes library at Visio seems a little daunting to unfamiliar users. One must spend a lot of time exploring the shapes and remembering where to find them. At EdrawMax, all the symbols can easily be located in the Symbol Library, which can be found on the top toolbar.
  • Visio is not well-suited to creating or modifying large-scale wireframe diagrams. In EdrawMax, you can create several wireframe screens without worrying about slowing down the system or the tool.

EdrawMax has a powerful symbol library that helps in creating over 280 different diagrams. Some of the most common wireframe diagram symbols available at EdrawMax are Label, Logo, Rounded Rect, Search box, Drop Down, Bullet Pointer, and more. In addition, EdrawMax has various wireframe icons that can be used to create creative wireframe diagrams.

EdrawMax also has a huge Templates Community of over 25 million registered users. These users are constantly updating the templates section, which helps beginners to create diagrams easily. Some of the most used wireframe diagram templates available in the template community are Website Wireframe, The Sitemap Wireframe, FinTech Wireframe, Android Wireframe, Email Wireframe Example, Newsroom Wireframe, Contact Page Wireframe, and more.

Comparison of Wireframe Diagram Features

Essentials

Visio

Edraw

Free or not

1-month trial

Freemium

Diagram Types

42+

280+

Symbols

5,000+

26,000+

Examples & Templates

20+

1,500+

Languages

98

11 (English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese)

Pricing

$309.99 (one-time Standard); $579.99 (one-time Professional)

$245 (one-time); $312 (one-time, bundled with EdrawMind and EdrawInfo)

Runs On

Win and Web

Win, Mac, Linux, and Web

Diagrams, Templates, and Symbols

Visio

Edraw

wireframe diagram

Org Chart

Network Diagram

Process Flow Diagram

wireframe diagram and wireframe diagram Diagram

wireframe diagram

Office Layout

wireframe diagram

Only Professional Available

HVAC Plan

Only Professional Available

Piping and Instrumentation Diagram (P&ID)

Only Professional Available

Rack Diagram

Only Professional Available

Azure and AWS Diagram

Only Professional Available

Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN)

Only Professional Available

Entity Relationship Diagram (ERD) and UML Diagram

Only Professional Available

Concept Map

Infographic

Emergency Exit Plan

Presentation

Template Community (A user-generated platform for creating & discovering templates)

Symbol Library (Create your own symbols and import symbols from external sources)

Features

Visio

Edraw

Infinite canvas and Multipage documents

Shape drawing & text tools

Position, alignment, and formatting tools

Custom diagram theme

Insert pictures, hyperlinks, notes, comments, and attachments

Custom diagram watermark

Insert QR codes

Area auto-calculation (wireframe diagram)

Cloud Storage

Formula editor

Encrypt files

Auto formatting

Focus mode

Custom Shortcut keys

Version History

File Recovery

Import & Export

Visio

Edraw

Import from Visio and Visio Stencils

Import from SVG

Export to Visio

Export to PDF, SVG, HTML, and Graphic Files

Export to Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Export to EPS

4. Free Wireframe Diagram Software

When it comes to diagramming, there are several tools in the market. However, there must be a reason why over 25 million people worldwide use EdrawMax for all of their diagramming needs. Some of the amazing features of using this free wireframe diagram maker are:

  • This free wireframe diagram maker will find thousands of templates that help create over 280 diagrams.
  • With the help of this free wireframe diagram maker, you can import images, media, and other files from your system.
  • Unlike other diagramming tools that have compatibility issues, EdrawMax is one such tool that works amazingly well on all the different operating systems and web browsers.
  • EdrawMax comes with over 26,000 vector-enabled symbols that help create technically solid and professionally-looking diagrams.
  • You can collaborate with your team in real-time with the web version of this free wireframe diagram maker.
edrawmax logoEdrawMax Desktop
Create over 280 types of diagrams
Windows, Mac, Linux (runs in all environments)
Professional inbuilt resources and templates
On-premises software for business
Enterprise-level data security
edrawmax logoEdrawMax Online
Create over 280 types of diagrams online
Access diagrams anywhere, anytime
Templates Community
Team management and collaboration
Personal Cloud and Dropbox Integration

5. Final Thoughts

Wireframe diagrams are crucial as they work as a blueprint for a website, web application, or mobile application. At the same time, wireframe diagrams are important to refine your content structure. Several tools in the market let you create wireframes, but most require user experience and user interface knowledge. However, if you use EdrawMax to import Visio wireframe diagrams, you will find that this wireframe diagram maker comes with almost every design tool required to create and share wireframe diagrams.

With EdrawMax, you can visualize your product by creating some amazing outlines easily. Download EdrawMax today to work on your Visio wireframe diagram files that you can later export in VSDX format without worrying about formatting and styling.

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