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Visio 2013 Preview - creating workflows for SharePoint2013

I really enjoy creating workflows and help businesses to automate their processes. That's why I was excited with the ability of Visio 2010 Premium to create workflow diagrams for SharePoint and then import them to SharePoint Designer for further modification. 
You can read about my experience with Visio 2010 here

Here's what we have got in Visio 2013.

In #Visio2013 Select a Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Workflow diagram type from Software section:

Here you go:

I have quickly come up with some simple workflow design:

Checked the diagram:

 Tried to export to SharePoint:

 and got an error "This doesn't seem to be a SharePoint 2010 Workflow diagram...":

Well, I expected to create and export #SharePoint2013 workflow diagram. 
Not now.


  1. Did you ever find a fix for this issue? Have come across the same problem with Visio 2013.

  2. To solve it - You need to learn the difference between Sharepoint Workflow2010 and Workflow2013.

    You dont have WF2013 at first. You need to install it.

    For WF2013, you dont need to export it at all - You can open .vsdx in Sharepoint designer without export.

    Take a note, there is only "WF2013 template" in Visio. There is no WF2010 template in Visio 2013.

    So you need to create a blank visio page and use ONLY "Sharepoint 2010" Stencils to have an ability to export.


  3. Thanks for advice sunsunsun! Will check it out.

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  7. I am having the same issue with visio pro 2016 out of office 365! Anything out there or what do I need to do? Thanks!


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