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Tuesday, May 25, 1999 < Prev Next >

Visio Announces 'Success Story' Winner

Innovative Use of Visio Technical in Process-Control Instrumentation Lands Grand Prize

SEATTLE, May 25 /PRNewswire/ — Visio Corp. (Nasdaq: VSIO), the leading supplier of enterprisewide business diagramming and technical drawing software, today announced that Peter Bowditch, principal engineer at The Foxboro Co. in Foxboro, Mass., is the winner of its Visio SmartPages magazine "Success Story" contest. Bowditch's use of Visio® Technical in the production of technical drawings and artwork for mechanical parts and labels, as well as in the creation of conceptual drawings, landed him the contest's grand prize of $1,000 and a feature story ( ) in the latest edition of Visio's customer magazine.

"With Visio Technical's excellent combination of pre-existing shapes and drawing tools, I am able to document and communicate my ideas and design concepts quickly," Bowditch said. "Plus, its interoperability with other software packages, such as Microsoft Office and Autodesk AutoCAD, allows me to easily collaborate with co-workers and customers worldwide."

Invaluable Design Tool

Visio software is widely deployed throughout The Foxboro Co., a company within the Intelligent Automation Division of Invensys, a global leader in automation and control. Bowditch uses Visio Technical to create flowcharts for manufacturing processes and to develop scaled production layouts that can be easily modified by anyone on his production and design team. With Visio software, Bowditch is able to reduce the time and cost of consultants' services while ensuring the physical design integrity of the simulation. His original investment in Visio products was less than $1,000, and Bowditch said that the return on that investment is immeasurable.

"While we received a host of outstanding entries for the 'Success Story' contest, Bowditch's innovative use of Visio Technical made him far and away our clear choice," said Alan White, editorial director of Visio SmartPages for Visio. "Not only is the contest a great way to highlight the working successes and applications of the product, it's the perfect means for us to see all the creative ways people are solving their communication and process challenges visually."

Visio SmartPages "Success Story" Contest

The "Success Story" contest is a regular feature in Visio SmartPages, a semi-annual print and online magazine published by Visio. Two contest winners are picked each year — one in the spring and one in the fall — to coincide with each new issue. To enter the contest, users can visit ( ) and illustrate how they use Visio software to visualize business communications. Visio SmartPages ( ) strives to help beginning-level and veteran software users alike expand and deepen their knowledge of Visio technology. The magazine presents product information, tips and techniques, profiles of how real people and companies use Visio software, and the case for standardizing on Visio products throughout an enterprise.

Visio Technical

A Microsoft Windows-based technical drawing application, Visio Technical 5.0 is ideal for engineering drawing users because they are able to create detailed 2-D technical drawings and schematics quickly and share those drawings with others for further redlining, annotation or use in presentations. Visio Technical employs an intuitive drag-and-drop technique with more than 3,800 industry-standard technical shapes. Users can create a wide variety of drawings, including building and industrial-control schematics; process plant designs; space plans; mechanical and electrical schematics; and fluid power, facilities management and HVAC drawings. With built-in Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), Visio Technical can be customized for specialized engineering tasks and further supports any external Microsoft ActiveX automation tool (such as Microsoft Visual C++) for users who need to create their own custom graphics solutions.

About Visio

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 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 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.