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Visio Ships Next-Generation Technology: Visio 2000 Standard Edition

Customers Can Now Upgrade to Standard Edition via New Online Upgrade Center at http://upgrade.visio.com

SEATTLE, Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ — Visio Corp. (Nasdaq: VSIO) today announced the availability of Visio® 2000 Standard Edition, the first in a series of four product editions built on the company's groundbreaking Visio 2000 technology. Visio 2000 Standard Edition has been engineered to offer business professionals dramatic productivity gains. It is considerably faster, supports larger drawings, and is easier to learn and use than previous versions. Signaling a new direction for Visio customers, the company also announced the debut of its innovative Visio 2000 Upgrade Center located at http://upgrade.visio.com/. The new Upgrade Center is the central source for information regarding Visio 2000, and is the fastest and simplest means to purchase or upgrade to Visio 2000 Standard Edition.

"Visio 2000 Standard Edition extends any organization's collaborative work environment so that everyone can communicate logically, clearly and more accurately in less time," said Peter Mullen, vice president and general manager of the business products group for Visio. "From the very beginning of its development, Visio 2000 has been a customer-driven upgrade focused on improving user productivity. In this regard, it's a significant step forward from Visio 5.0 and all previous product releases. Visio 2000 will serve as the foundation for many of the exciting new offerings to come in the future."

Dramatically Improved Productivity

Visio 2000 Standard Edition enables business professionals to visualize and communicate information in a more concise and powerful way, regardless of their drawing abilities. From complex drawings to simple diagrams, Visio 2000 Standard Edition allows users to create and work with substantially larger drawings containing thousands of SmartShapes® symbols much more quickly than before. In addition, new drawing and navigation enhancements provide users with a more intuitive and streamlined way to draw and diagram. These enhancements include the following:

  • Visual browsing of drawing types. A startup window lists all recent files and templates, while a graphical browser guides users to the correct drawing type for their needs.
  • Stencil tips. Helps users select and use the correct shapes for their task.
  • Faster flowcharts. Point-and-click layouts, automatic shape alignment, color schemes and interactive drawing feedback make creating powerful visual communications faster and easier.
  • Instant organization charts. A wizard automatically creates organization charts from information stored in databases such as Microsoft Exchange Server, Excel and Access, offering a time-saving alternative to the process of dragging, dropping, connecting and arranging shapes.
  • Smarter timelines. Quickly create timelines, Gantt charts and calendars with drag-and-drop functionality. New timeline milestones automatically place themselves on the date specified, simplifying the communication of complex timelines and schedules.
  • Anchored windows. Provide immediate access to custom properties data, size and position details, pan and zoom controls and a drawing explorer for browsing the content of a drawing in a hierarchical format elevating powerful features to users' fingertips.
  • Internet-enabled. Instantly publish business diagrams in a variety of Web-ready formats such as HTML, GIF, JPG or VML. Embed multiple hyperlinks to relevant external information and take advantage of built-in links to Visio drawing resources, support and training on the Internet.
  • Streamlined work environment. Work more efficiently with real-time editing feedback, pop-up shape tips, nudge tools, automatic layout with the dynamic grid, toolbars users can personalize and automatic shape numbering. Easily navigate even the largest documents with less time and effort.
  • Single-click formatting. Enhance the visual impact of diagrams with a professional look by choosing from an expanded palette of color schemes, backgrounds, styles and borders that can be added with a single click.

"Our organization is constantly changing. New people come on board and others take on new roles every day," said Darcy Yoshinaka, human resources specialist for Getty Images Inc., one of the largest international providers of visual content to a diverse range of professional users of images. "Visio 2000 Standard Edition helps me quickly communicate our dynamic organizational structure. It's so easy to use, and it automatically creates our organization charts directly from our employee database. Visio 2000 Standard Edition can accomplish in seconds what used to require hours."

Leveraging Corporate Standards

Standard Edition is built on the Visio 2000 technology. This core technology is responsible for the increases in user productivity, its strength as a solutions platform and its improved integration with IT standards. Some of the most enthusiastic users of the Visio 2000 platform are the company's third-party developers and corporate customers who leverage the technology to develop specific solutions that address individual business needs.

"Visio 2000 Standard Edition gives us unprecedented flexibility and power to develop specialized applications," said Don Brown, president of Winshapes, a DBT online company. "By combining Visio's unique drag-and-drop diagramming approach, thousands of predrawn symbols with easier-to-use drawing tools and a robust VB/VBA programming interface, Winshapes is able to create real-world solutions that solve real-world problems."

Visio 2000 incorporates the latest Microsoft technologies, which enables users to integrate Visio technology into existing IT infrastructures, thereby reducing the total cost of ownership when deployed enterprisewide. Visio 2000 supports the Microsoft Windows Installer technology to make deployment easier and more manageable within any organization. It is also Microsoft Office 2000-compatible, Microsoft Windows 2000-ready, supports Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, Office 95 and Office 97. This integration with Microsoft allows users to communicate more efficiently because Visio 2000 looks and works like the desktop tools they use every day.

Visio 2000 Upgrade Center

Visio's new Upgrade Center is an online location for customers to purchase or upgrade to Visio 2000 Standard Edition and other Visio 2000 editions as they become available. It contains extensive information on how to purchase directly or upgrade through existing licensing agreements, established corporate resellers or traditional retail channels. The Visio 2000 Upgrade Center is the most comprehensive location for all information relating to Visio 2000 technology.

Pricing and Availability

Visio 2000 Standard Edition is available immediately for purchase through the company's conventional channels, or via the Visio 2000 Upgrade Center located at http://upgrade.visio.com/ for the suggested retail price of $199 (U.S.). Current Visio Standard 5.0 customers are eligible to purchase Visio 2000 Standard Edition for $99 (U.S). For more information about Visio Corp., Visio 2000 Standard Edition, or any of the other product editions to be released through the remainder of 1999, customers can visit the online upgrade center or contact Visio at 1-877-NEW-VISIO.

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 800-4-VISIO (248-4746), ext. 93W, or visit the company's Web site at http://www.visio.com/.

NOTE: Visio and SmartShapes are either registered trademarks or 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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