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Visio Announces Exclusive U.S. Distribution Agreement with Eagle Point Software for ArchT by Visio

LOS ANGELES, May 27 /PRNewswire/ — At the A/E/C SYSTEMS '99 show in Los Angeles, Visio Corp. (Nasdaq: VSIO) today announced it has entered into an exclusive marketing and distribution agreement for the United States with Eagle Point Software Corp. (Nasdaq: EGPT) for its ArchT® by Visio architectural design software product. A 16-year veteran of providing value-added CAD solutions for the AEC market, Eagle Point has agreed to market, sell and support the ArchT product to existing and future customers of ArchT, effective immediately. Other terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

"Visio is excited that ArchT will benefit from the energy and enthusiasm that Eagle Point brings to the industry," said John Forbes, vice president, technical products at Visio. "We believe that ArchT's support for both the AutoCAD and IntelliCAD® platforms matches well with Eagle Point's commitment to provide add-on products for whatever CAD engine the customer chooses. Eagle Point's proven dedication to developing value-added solutions for the AEC market will mesh well with Visio's desire to have the benefits of ArchT reach into multidiscipline design environments."

"As an existing Visio OEM, we've already built IntelliCAD into a number of our products," said Rod Blum, president of Eagle Point. "Because of its history and innovative features, we're proud to incorporate ArchT as well into our comprehensive product family. We feel that the combination of ArchT with Eagle Point's vertical expertise in serving customer requirements in the entire AEC market will help to present a clear vision for satisfying all of the needs of architectural designers."

ArchT is Visio's award-winning architectural software package for AutoCAD and IntelliCAD. An add-on product, ArchT provides AEC-specific functionality, such as 2-D production drafting utilities, style-based design features and customizable records and reports, to the underlying CAD package, such as IntelliCAD. It also provides dynamic block and layer control and 3-D design and visualization tools, and includes over 7,000 2-D and 3-D AEC-related block symbols designed to increase the productivity of architects and designers. For 1997, ArchT won both Cadalyst Magazine's "AEC Product of the Year" and CADENCE magazine's "Editor's Choice" awards; the current version, ArchT 14.5, is a 1998 winner of the CADENCE "Editor's Choice" award.

Founded in 1983, Eagle Point Software is a leading supplier of AEC application software and offers over 70 modules running on multiple CAD platforms in five product suites — landscape architecture, civil engineering and surveying, hydrology and hydraulics, building design and construction, and structural engineering. The company currently has an installed base of more than 33,000 customers worldwide.

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 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 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 http://www.visio.com/. More information about ArchT can be found at http://www.archt.com/.

This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding the impact of ArchT distribution by Eagle Point on the AEC market. There are certain important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by some of the statements made above. Among these are fluctuations in quarterly performance, dependence on other products including Microsoft Windows, competition in the business drawing and diagramming software market, timing and customer acceptance of new products, the company's ability to manage growth and integrate acquired technology, potential changes in licensing and marketing methods, and changes in general economic conditions. Additional information concerning these and other risks with respect to Visio is described in the section titled "Certain Risk Factors That May Impact Future Results of Operations" contained in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 1998, and, from time to time, in other reports filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Additional information concerning these and other risks with respect to Eagle Point is detailed from time to time in reports filed by Eagle Point with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the company's report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 1998, and form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 1999.

NOTE: Visio, ArchT and IntelliCAD are registered 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.

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