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Dataviews' HMI-GO Turns Visio Technical into a Real-Time HMI Software Tool

Add-on Tool Lets Users Monitor and Control Live Processes Using Popular Drawing Tool

NORTHAMPTON, Mass., April 27 /PRNewswire/ — DataViews Corporation, the leading developer of tools for building high-performance dynamic Graphical User Interface (GUI) tools for monitoring and controlling live processes, today announced HMI-GO™ for Visio® Technical, an add-on tool that turns static Visio drawings into powerful dynamic graphics. HMI-GO allows engineers who use Visio Technical for plant process design to more easily add a Human- Machine Interface (HMI) to existing process control diagrams, such as piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs) and process flow diagrams (PFDs). Above all, HMI-GO is a productivity tool, which spares engineers from having to re- draw whole diagrams in order to add HMI functionality.

Corporations using Visio Technical to create static drawings, such as a blueprint of the plant floor, frequently realize the need for a dynamic user interface version of their drawing in order to represent real-time or dynamic data. Prior to the availability of DataViews' HMI-GO, these users would have been forced to re-create their drawings using an unrelated HMI software tool. HMI-GO, however, provides seamless integration with Visio Technical. Once installed, it enables engineers to use the Visio editor to convert static drawings into real-time representations of plant processes using the familiar Visio environment.

"With over three million users, Visio is becoming the worldwide standard for graphical solutions in business," stated Jesse Shiah, vice president, corporate marketing at DataViews Corporation. "Through our collaboration with Visio, we have extended Visio Technical's capabilities as a technical drawing and diagramming application, adding powerful development tool functionality for generating interfaces that monitor and control live processes. Ultimately, HMI-GO leverages the corporation's investment in Visio Technical, allowing developers to re-use their Visio drawings for their HMI applications, saving money and speeding development."

DataViews' HMI-GO for Visio Technical:

  • Features the ability to add data-driven dynamics to Visio drawings to mimic real-world behavior. Allows users to incorporate more than 20 pre- defined dynamic effects, including foreground and background color, blinking, fill, rotation, animation and more.
  • Supports ODBC connectivity, allowing users to easily establish links between dynamics and data sources.
  • Supports custom data connectivity, enabling users to connect to custom data sources such as Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and network elements.
  • Enables addition of GUI components for construction of fully interactive interfaces using point-and-click functionality.
  • Provides flexible deployment options. Once a Visio drawing is turned into an HMI interface with DataViews, it can be deployed as a stand-alone or client/server application using Web browsers, such as Netscape® Communicator or Microsoft® Internet Explorer™; it can also be deployed as an ActiveX® control for incorporation into other applications.

"As an open, programmable platform, Visio Technical both affords our partners a tremendous opportunity to take advantage of our technical drawing expertise and to leverage our unique graphical capabilities to enhance the functionality of their products," said John Forbes, vice president, technical products at Visio Corp. (Nasdaq: VSIO) "DataViews' HMI-GO for Visio Technical is an excellent example of leveraging Visio technology to deliver a modern application which uniquely serves the needs of the process industry."

DataViews Corporation

DataViews Corporation, a subsidiary of Dynatech Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: DYNA), pioneered the market for dynamic interface development tools in 1986. Since then, DataViews Corporation has been an industry leader in the rapidly growing market for interface development technology. DataViews has a global presence, with sales offices and distributors in North America, Europe and Asia, and more than 27,000 installations worldwide. DataViews Corporation is the only international provider of a full range of complete graphical development software solutions for Windows-, UNIX-, and Web-based environments. The DataViews family of products ranges from powerful programming tools that monitor and control live processes to modular graphic components for Visual Basic® and Netscape browser plug-ins. DataViews products are used in mission-critical applications in a wide range of industries, including telecommunications, utilities, aerospace and aviation, satellite telemetry, process industries, and more. Customers of DataViews Corporation include Honeywell, Johnson Control, Boeing, GE, TRW, Hughes, Ford, Pratt and Whitney, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Siemens, Cegelec, Philips, Fiat, BMW, Daimler-Benz, Toshiba, Yokogawa, Hitachi, OKI, Mitsubishi, Toyota, Nippon Steel, POSCO, Lucent, AT&T, Ericsson, Alcatel, NASA, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and United Airlines.

Pricing, Requirements and Availability

DataViews HMI-GO for Visio Technical will be available Q3 1999 for $695 per seat. OEM and volume discounts apply. For further information, contact DataViews Corporation at voice: (413) 586-4144 or (800) 732-3200, fax: (413) 586-3805, e-mail: or Internet:

DataViews is a registered trademark and HMI-GO is a trademark of DataViews Corporation. Visio is a registered trademark of Visio Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Other product and company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.