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Monday, March 15, 1999 < Prev Next >

Newly Created Visio Registered Developer Network Provides Valuable Online Resources for Solving Business Problems Efficiently

New Developer Network, Developers Conference, Industry Recognition Illustrate Visio's Commitment to Developer Community

SEATTLE, March 15 /PRNewswire/ — Visio Corp. (Nasdaq: VSIO) today announced the Visio® Registered Developer Network (VRDN;, a free online resource and community for developers of custom solutions based on Visio and Microsoft® technologies. VRDN is offered as part of the revamped Visio Developer Network Web site (formerly known as the Visio Solutions Development Web site or "devweb"), which has recently undergone major navigational and graphics upgrades. Developers can continue to find general news and resources on the Visio Developer Network, while VRDN offers advanced, premium technical content, including live, interactive broadcasts, access to tips and tricks, tools and samples, online developer training, discounts, case studies and many more valuable resources.

Since its debut on Feb. 26, more than 900 platform developers have become members of VRDN, representing companies such as The Boeing Company, Xerox Corp., BankAmerica Corp., Motorola Inc. and Bell Atlantic Corp. In addition to Web-based benefits, developers who register now can also receive a free Visio 5.0 evaluation kit (including test drive) and a Visio 2000 development beta CD (Visio's next-generation graphics software technology engine), which will be made widely available beginning March 25 at Visio's annual developer conference, Envision!

"VRDN is another avenue we're using to support the individuals, enterprises and consulting services looking to develop Visio platform-based custom solutions that increase efficiency and productivity and simplify their communications," said Scott Campbell, manager of the platform development customer unit for Visio Corp. "We built VRDN with a strong development and partner community in mind, for exchanging ideas, tools and solutions."

Premium Content for Building Custom Solutions

VRDN offers registered members access to free information, support and resources to enable them to develop more robust applications based on Visio's powerful technology. VRDN is an evolving, dynamic site, with the creation of specialized content based on developer needs and feedback. Currently, members are eligible to receive the following benefits:

  • Tools and samples with commented code from both Visio and third-party developers or development-related companies
  • Discounts on selected Visio development-related books and publications, as well as occasional product discounts
  • Development-related articles, case studies, technical white papers,
  • Visio news and event schedules, developer tips and tricks (via online broadcasts or e-mail), and other developer resources

"We rely on Visio technology to develop solutions for our customers and have always found it to be the smartest, fastest and most profitable way to accomplish more while cutting costs," said Brett Newman, managing director of Visimation Inc., a consulting firm specializing in solutions built using Visio technology. "With the resources available through VRDN, we'll now have an inside track to the technical tips and tools that will enable us to further master emerging technologies."

Access to VRDN

To become a VRDN member, developers simply complete an online application found on the Visio Developer Network site ( ). Qualified members will then receive a registration code for access to premium content on the network.

Envision! — Third Annual Development Conference

Envision!, to be held March 25 — 26 in Chicago, is Visio Corp.'s annual development conference. Envision! provides Visio customers and developers, as well as Microsoft Windows® developers, hands-on training to take advantage of the flexibility and depth of the Visio technology. To register or learn more about Envision!, visit the Envision! Web site at or call 800-884-6367 ext. 4 in the United States and Canada.

Visio Products Honored by Development Community

The development community has consistently recognized the technological excellence and ease of programmability of the Visio product line. At Fawcette Technical Publications' recent Visual Basic® Insiders' Technical Summit (VBITS), Visual Basic Programmers Journal (VBPJ) announced its annual awards. Visio Professional was honored with the Readers Choice Award for Best Graphics and Charting product and Visio Enterprise was given the Editors Choice Award. VBPJ is a monthly publication that covers a broad cross-section of Visual Basic-related development topics, issues and trends and is targeted towards Windows programmers, featuring technical news on how to increase productivity and process applications more efficiently.

"VBPJ's readers and editors chose Visio's products because of their innovation grounded in real-world solutions," said Jeff Hadfield, editor in chief of VBPJ. "Visio's VBA integration and robust object model, to say nothing of its rich feature set, makes it a solid choice for VB programmers."

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 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 is either a registered trademark or trademark of Visio Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. Microsoft, Windows and Visual Basic are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft 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.