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Monday, February 22, 1999 < Prev Next >

Visio Announces Configurable eVisio Products

Customers Will be Able to Create Made-to-Order Visio Solutions and Purchase Them Over the Internet

SEATTLE, Feb. 22 /PRNewswire/ — Visio Corp. (Nasdaq: VSIO) today announced the eVisio™ product line, made-to-order products and online services configurable via the Internet. These eVisio products will offer customers the opportunity to select combinations of Visio® technology-based components to create the Visio product that best meets their individual drawing needs. Customers will be able to choose from a wide selection of industry- and task-specific Visio solutions to create their own custom eVisio products. eVisio products will be available for purchase at the eVisio Web site by the end of the March quarter.

"eVisio is a dramatically different way for us to deliver our Visio technology, not only in the way we deliver products to our customers, but also in the way we communicate with them on a one-to-one basis," said Jeremy Jaech, president and CEO of Visio Corp. "The truly configurable nature of eVisio allows customers to create their own custom-built Visio products while telling us what works for them. This will be invaluable feedback for our entire company as we work to maintain our leadership position in delivering valuable drawing and diagramming solutions worldwide."

Made-to-Order Visio

From the product's inception in 1992, the Visio component-based architecture has been well-suited to support the type of "mass customization" potential that the eVisio technology delivers. Concurrently, Visio's customer base of nearly 2.8 million is as varied as the thousands of SmartShapes® symbols included in Visio products today. eVisio products will be delivered incrementally throughout 1999, based on continuous customer feedback and interaction.

The eVisio Web site will go live with a wide assortment of configurable solutions, all based on the established Visio 5.0 engine. Customers will be able to purchase eVisio products as ready-made solutions, configure their own version based on predefined functionality sets, or create a completely custom eVisio solution from scratch. For example, eVisio technology will offer software developers a variety of Visio solutions for designing and documenting their software applications, with many customizable options from which to choose. Software developers are only one of virtually thousands of audiences for eVisio solutions — others include sales and marketing professionals and facilities managers, as well as users in various industries including government, insurance and telecommunications.

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.

For more information about Visio Corp. and its products, customers can contact Visio at 800-24-VISIO (248-4746), ext. 93W, or visit the company's Web site at

NOTE: Visio, eVisio and SmartShapes are either registered trademarks or trademarks 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.