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Tuesday, October 4, 1994 < Prev Next >

New Visio Express 3.0 Offered in Promotion with Lotus Smartsuite

Lotus Promotion Gives New Smartsuite Users Business Drawing and Diagramming Designed Specifically for Use with Smartsuite Applications

SEATTLE, Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ — Shapeware Corporation today announced that Lotus Development Corporation is currently supporting several promotions that offer a free copy of Visio Express™ 3.0 for Lotus SmartSuite® to purchasers of Lotus SmartSuite.

Visio Express 3.0 for Lotus SmartSuite, which began shipping in September, is the latest version of Shapeware's drag and drop drawing program designed specifically for users of Lotus® 1-2-3®, Ami Pro®, Freelance Graphics® and Approach®. Designed with the same "look and feel" as Lotus SmartSuite applications, Visio Express 3.0 gives users powerful drawing and diagramming capabilities directly within their Lotus programs.

New Features and Better Performance

Visio Express 3.0 builds on the innovative drag and drop drawing capabilities of Visio™ technology, offering a variety of new features and performance enhancements. Key among the product's new features are a Universal Connector, which makes connecting shapes and editing drawings faster and easier, and support for Lotus Notes/FX™. In addition, files that include Visio Express 3.0 drawings are smaller — drawings are approximately 40 percent the size of those created with the previous version of Visio Express.

"Suite applications represent a dominant share of the Windows market," said Morgan Brown, Visio product manager at Shapeware. "Therefore, it is important for us to provide Lotus SmartSuite users with a Visio Express product that is specifically designed to work with the programs they use every day."

Special Promotion

Shapeware Corporation, Lotus Development Corporation, and Egghead Software have teamed together to offer a special promotion for Visio Express 3.0 and Lotus SmartSuite. From September through October 1994, Egghead Software is providing a free copy of Visio Express 3.0 to customers who purchase a copy of Lotus SmartSuite. Visio Express 3.0 will be handed to customers directly upon their purchase of Lotus SmartSuite. In addition, Egghead Software is honoring another special offer from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, 1994 that allows Lotus corporate customers who purchase Lotus SmartSuite under their PassPort Program to obtain licenses for Visio Express 3.0 for a special price.

"Teaming with Shapeware and Egghead in this strategic promotion provides our customers with a real value and solution," said Dave Laverty, director of marketing, SmartSuite products at Lotus Development Corporation. "Visio Express is an ideal addition to the SmartSuite applications because it gives our users drag and drop drawing capabilities that help them communicate effectively."

"We want to make it easy for our customers to become aware of products that work well together," said Ed Block, senior buyer at Egghead Software. "This promotion helps educate our customers about two products that work very closely and consistently together. The promotion also provides a true value — when customers purchase a copy of SmartSuite, they automatically receive a free copy of Visio Express that is designed to meet their specific drawing needs."

Pricing and Availability

Visio Express 3.0 for Lotus SmartSuite is available today from leading national distributors, corporate resellers, retail channels, direct marketers and directly from Shapeware. The U.S. suggested retail price of Visio Express 3.0 is $79, including 90 days of free technical support and a 60-day, money-back guarantee. Registered users of earlier versions of Visio Express can upgrade to Visio Express 3.0 at no charge (with $8.95 shipping and handling). In addition, users of Visio Express can upgrade to the full version of Visio 3.0 for $79. Visio Express 3.0 for Microsoft® Office is also available for a U.S. suggested retail price of $79.

To place an upgrade order or to obtain more information on Visio Express or any Visio product, customers can contact Shapeware at 800-446-3335.

System Requirements

Visio Express 3.0 requires Microsoft Windows™ version 3.1 or later on a 386, 486, or Pentium™-based computer or higher, with 6 MB of RAM and running at 25 MHz or faster. It also requires a VGA, Super VGA, XGA, or 8514/A graphics card and monitor, plus a Microsoft Mouse or other Windows 3.1-compatible pointing device. Visio takes advantage of a math coprocessor if one is present on the host system, but a coprocessor is not required.

Visio Express supports all Windows 3.1-compatible printers, including the H-P® LaserJet® family, H-P DeskJet® family and PostScript® printers.

About Shapeware

Shapeware was founded in October 1990 to develop and market business graphics software for mainstream computer users. The Seattle-based company pioneered the business drawing and diagramming market with the release of Visio 1.0 in November 1992. Since then, Shapeware has released additional drag and drop drawing products including Visio 3.0, Visio Express 3.0 for Microsoft Office, Visio Express 3.0 for Lotus SmartSuite, the International English version of Visio 3.0, French Visio 3.0, German Visio 3.0, Visio Home 3.0, and 16 after market Visio Shapes™ products. The company's cofounders include Jeremy Jaech and Dave Walter, two of the founders of Aldus Corporation, and Ted Johnson, the lead developer of Aldus® PageMaker® for Windows.

NOTE: Visio Express, Visio and Visio Shapes are trademarks of Shapeware Corporation. Lotus SmartSuite, Lotus, 1-2-3, Ami Pro, Freelance Graphics and Approach are registered trademarks and Notes/FX is a trademark of Lotus Development Corporation. Microsoft is a registered trademark and Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation. Pentium is a trademark of Intel Corporation. H-P, LaserJet and DeskJet are registered trademarks of Hewlett-Packard Company. PostScript is a registered trademark of Adobe Systems, Inc. Aldus and PageMaker are registered trademarks of Aldus Corporation.

Prices listed (other than the estimated U.S. street price) are U.S. suggested retail prices. Reseller prices may vary.

/CONTACT: Morgan Brown, 206-521-4449, or Charlotte Empey, 206-521-4475, both of Shapeware; or Jill Miller-Sanders of Waggener Edstrom, 206-637-9097, for Shapeware/

CO: Shapeware Corp.; Lotus Development Corp. ST: Washington IN: CPR SU: PDT

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