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Visio to Demonstrate Support for VBA 6.0 at Tech*Ed 99

Latest Version of Popular Automation Tool is One of Many Developer Enhancements Found in Visio 2000

SEATTLE, May 19 /PRNewswire/ — Visio Corp. (Nasdaq: VSIO) today announced that it will preview Visio® 2000 technology publicly for the first time in Booth No. 416 at the Microsoft Tech*Ed 99 Conference May 21-28 in Dallas. In addition, Visio will demonstrate Visio 2000's support for the latest version of Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). VBA 6.0 is one of many developer-related enhancements that Visio, a sponsor of Tech*Ed 99, has incorporated into the Visio graphics platform, the foundation of the industry-leading Visio Enterprise, Visio Professional, Visio Technical and Visio Standard business drawing and technical diagramming products. Since shipping the first third-party VBA-enabled application in 1997, Visio software has become the predominant Windows application platform for developing custom graphics solutions that are integrated with Microsoft Office and other VBA-enabled applications.

"Our corporate customers have embraced the power of the Visio graphics architecture to solve real-world business problems," said Scott Campbell, senior group manager for the Platform Development Customer Unit at Visio. "The Visio platform provides developers with a flexible, mature graphics technology for creating and delivering drawing and diagramming solutions to all of the desktops in their organizations. Because Tech*Ed reaches developers who need and understand the power of Visio technology, it's an excellent venue for us to publicly preview the developer-specific enhancements we will soon deliver in the entire Visio 2000 product line, such as VBA 6.0."

Proven Maturity in the Visio 2000 Development Platform

Since Visio 1.0, the Visio architecture has provided developers with the robustness, completeness and flexibility necessary to support custom line-of-business applications. With a fourth-generation application programming interface (API), the Visio 2000 platform provides developers with a refined, mature object model that is completely exposed to the Microsoft COM programming interface. New developer-specific features, such as the ability to add new windows, set and receive the zoom level of a window and control the scrolling of a window, provide corporate developers with additional flexibility in deploying Visio-based applications throughout their enterprises.

Developers not attending Tech*Ed 99 who are interested in learning more about Visio technology can visit the Visio Developer Network (VDN) at ( ). This site contains a variety of development-related information, including articles and white papers about Visio customization, case studies, information on developer support and developer training resources, and an online version of the book "Developing Visio Solutions." The VDN is an evolving, dynamic site that provides frequently updated content based on developer needs and feedback. Registered members of the site have access to additional information, support and resources to help them develop robust applications based on Visio graphics technology. Benefits for registered members include the following:

  • Tools and samples with commented code from both Visio and third-party developers or development-related companies
  • Interactive online seminars and online developer training sessions
  • The latest news and event schedules from Visio, including developer tips and tricks
  • Discounts on selected Visio development-related books and publications, as well as occasional product discounts

Presently, the VDN also provides registered members with access to the Visio 2000 development beta, a developer-specific version of the Visio 2000 platform. Intended to assist developers in creating applications that will run on top of the Visio 2000 products to ship later this year, the Visio 2000 development beta incorporates VBA 6.0.

About Visio Corp.

Visio Corp. is the leading supplier of enterprisewide business diagramming and technical drawing software, with an installed base of more than 3 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 12 language versions and are sold in more than 45 countries.

For more information about Visio 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 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.