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Exporting maps

JSON; Visio; Map export;

Ksawery Lisinski avatar
Written by Ksawery Lisinski
Updated over a week ago

Exporting maps can be done without much effort - simply by selecting desired process map and clicking few times, we export to JSON file.

Article outline

  • Prerequisites

  • Export to a JSON file

  • Visio import

  • Running an Import

  • Access to the Source Code

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  • Registered and verified Elements account

  • Process map Map Manager or Owner rights

  • This utility requires the following:

  1. Windows 10

  2. Visio 2016

TIP It has not been tested with previous versions of Windows and Visio and may not work with prior versions

Export to a JSON file

A user with map manager or map owner permissions can export a map in a JSON format. Through the APIs, it would also allow anyone to create an import from the standard JSON format into a tool or format of their choosing.

Export to a JSON file

Go to the "Processes" page (Processes in left panel) - The "Export Maps" is accessed from the three dots in a vertical line (in right panel of the maps page), to the right of the red “Soft delete map”. You will only see this option if you are a Map Manager or Owner. 

The export is a basic structure. It exports a standard JSON format file of the map which we are using for transferring Elements maps into other formats (like MS Visio), so that you can take content into other formats or tools. Though not as useful or functionally rich as using it in Elements, it is a complete record of the content you are holding online with us, in a format you can edit and import into other applications in the future, should you ever want to.

Once the export is completed, you will see the notification in the upper right corner of the screen. Click on the notification to download the file. 

Visio import 

There is a basic utility which is open source for importing JSON format exports into Visio. Click on this link to download the zip file that contains the Visio import utility.

Running an Import
To import an Element’s map into Visio perform the following steps

  1. Export a map from elements as zipped folder.

  2. Unzip the folder.

  3. Launch the Visio Importer.

  4. Set path to unzipped folder.

  5. Set the path where Visio file will be saved.

  6. Click Import button.

Access to the Source Code

Elements provide access to the source code, so if there is a requirement to enhance the import then this can be undertaken. Contact Elements support at to access the source code.

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