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Visio Announces New Network Equipment Special Edition Featuring HP Network Equipment Shapes

Special Edition Available Through HP Web Site for HP Resellers

SEATTLE, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ — Visio Corp. (Nasdaq: VSIO) today announced the availability of a new Visio® Network Equipment Special Edition featuring Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) network equipment shapes. The special edition is a companion to Visio 5.0 products and provides 200 precise HP network equipment shapes. The combination of the products is a powerful tool designed to help resellers enhance their network design proposals and sell network solutions. This special edition is being offered to all HP resellers at no cost.

The Visio Network Equipment shapes are available for the entire HP networking product family, including the AdvanceStack, EtherTwist and ProCurve lines, and can be accessed through the HP "Reseller Plaza ( )," a Web site designed specifically for resellers. Each special edition shape comes complete with data field information such as product number, description and rack unit information to help make the generation of a bill of materials quick and easy.

"A growing number of network professionals have recognized the necessity of professional-looking network design proposals and documentation," said John Rigas, director of network solutions products at Visio. "This tool greatly benefits resellers in the sales cycle."

"The addition of Visio Network Equipment tools to HP's Network Design Center will help resellers reduce the time it takes to develop comprehensive network designs for their customers," said Jan Bell, worldwide marketing director for HP ProCurve Networking.

The Visio Manufacturers Program

The HP special edition was created through the Visio Manufacturers Program, which offers major resellers and end users shapes of network hardware manufacturers' products. It is designed to improve the success rate of proposals and decrease implementation time while increasing end-customer satisfaction. The program also ensures that the participating hardware manufacturers' equipment shapes are updated on a regular basis in both the Visio Network Equipment and Visio Enterprise products. The Visio Manufacturers Program offers a variety of services for manufacturers of data and telecommunications equipment, including joint marketing initiatives and creation of customized Visio solutions similar to the one selected by HP.

The Standard for Network Documentation

Visio is considered to be the industry standard for network design and documentation. Together with the award-winning Visio Professional 5.0, the Visio Network Equipment shapes add-on continues to be an affordable and easy-to-use solution for network managers who need accurate, detailed network diagrams.

Pricing and Availability

The Visio Network Equipment Special Edition featuring HP shapes is offered exclusively to HP resellers at no cost. Resellers may register for the product download on the Hewlett-Packard reseller Web site, "Reseller Plaza," at

More information on the Visio Manufacturers Program or any Visio product can be obtained by calling 800-24-VISIO (248-4746), ext. S264. Additional information can also be found at the Visio Web site at

About HP ProCurve Networking

HP is a leading supplier of networking products, including Ethernet hubs and switches, network-management applications and remote-connectivity modules that allow customers to build proactive networks. Information about HP and its networking products can be found on the World Wide Web at

About Visio Corp.

Visio Corp. is the leading supplier of enterprisewide business diagramming and technical drawing software, with an installed base of nearly 2.8 million users worldwide. Founded in September 1990, the Seattle-based company pioneered the drawing and diagramming software market with the release of Visio 1.0 in November 1992 and has since released additional Microsoft Windows-based graphics applications that offer users a unique and effective way to communicate and work. Visio's powerful product line is becoming a worldwide standard for graphical solutions in business, with the support of partner programs and third-party relationships in key market segments. Visio products are available in as many as 12 language versions and are sold in more than 45 countries.

NOTE: Visio is a registered trademark of Visio Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks, trade names or company names referenced herein are used for identification only and are the property of their respective owners.

CONTACT: Susanne Buti of Waggener Edstrom, 425-637-9097, or, for Visio Corp.