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SEATTLE, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ — Visio Corp. (Nasdaq: VSIO) today announced the immediate availability of Visio® 2000 Technical Edition, the second Visio 2000 product edition to ship and the latest version of Visio's leading technical drawing and diagramming software for engineers, designers and technical professionals who need to work with CAD drawings. Built on the re-architected Visio 2000 engine that underlies the entire Visio 2000 product family, Visio 2000 Technical Edition delivers significant improvements in performance, support for large drawings and unparalleled ease of use. The new Technical Edition also offers more precision drawing tools and superior CAD file interoperability, as well as a wide range of new and improved drawing solutions for key technical markets such as process engineering, facilities management and architecture/engineering/construction. The intuitive approach of Technical Edition in assembling drawings with Visio's pioneering SmartShapes® technology has proven that engineers, documentation specialists and other technical professionals can produce professional technical drawings quickly and efficiently without using complicated, expensive CAD software.
"Visio 2000 Technical Edition provides engineers with the ability to quickly and efficiently create their own precise drawings, without having to master a complex CAD program," said John Forbes, vice president, technical products at Visio. "Technical Edition offers engineers a better way to draw because it allows engineers to capture their design intent, eliminating the inefficiencies of working through multiple iterations with a drafting department in order to produce a finished drawing."
"Visio Technical is a favorite among engineers because it's inexpensive and easy to use," said Steve Weisberg, editor of the Engineering Automation Report. "It's not worth it for an engineer to first learn and then stay proficient in CAD just to do an occasional 2-D drawing, but where an engineer can save time by skipping the drafting department and creating the drawing himself, he will. By delivering more robustness and precision in this upgrade while remaining easy to learn and use, Technical Edition has earned its place on the engineering desktop."
The key to providing technical users with a better way to draw is the unique SmartShapes technology in Technical Edition, in which shapes behave like the walls, pipes, valves, pumps, and other real-world objects they represent. Rather than drafting with lines, arcs and circles, users simply drag and drop the industry-standard shapes they need onto a page and then connect them using SmartConnectors™ that automatically route around objects and remain connected as shapes are repositioned. They can even store data in shapes, link them to databases or spreadsheets, and automatically generate detailed reports from the stored data. Visio 2000 Technical Edition supports larger technical drawings that contain thousands of shapes and provides new tools to aid navigation around large drawings, such as tabbed pages and a new pan-and-zoom window that provides a "bird's eye view" of the entire drawing. Other new features include the following:
Technical Edition is built on the Visio 2000 engine, a sixth-generation platform for a family of four Visio 2000 edition products that provide the entire enterprise — business, IT and engineering/manufacturing — with a common graphics technology for exchanging drawings across departments and disciplines. Visio 2000 supports the latest Microsoft technologies (such as Visual Basic for Applications 6.0, Microsoft Installer, Microsoft Office 2000 and Microsoft Windows 2000), enabling users to integrate Visio technology into existing IT infrastructures and reduce the total cost of ownership when deployed enterprisewide.
Visio's new Upgrade Center is an online location for customers to purchase or upgrade to Visio 2000 Technical 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.
Visio 2000 Technical Edition is available immediately for purchase through the company's conventional channels, or via the Visio 2000 Upgrade Center, at http://upgrade.visio.com/ , for the suggested retail price of $399 (U.S.). Current Visio Technical 5.0 or earlier customers are eligible to purchase Visio 2000 Technical Edition for $199 (U.S). Technical 5.0 Plus owners are eligible for an additional $100 rebate via coupon. For more information about Visio Corp., Visio 2000 Technical 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 877-NEW-VISIO (639-8474).
Founded in 1990, Visio Corp. is the leading supplier of enterprisewide business diagramming and technical drawing software. The Seattle-based company pioneered the Microsoft Windows-based drawing and diagramming software market when it launched Visio 1.0 in 1992. Since then, it has released additional visual tools that offer users unique and effective ways to think, communicate and work. With a worldwide installed base of more than 3 million users, Visio's powerful product line is the standard for businesses that need drawing and diagramming software to communicate visually. Visio offers customers the support of partner programs and third-party relationships in key market segments. Its products are available in as many as 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/ .
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