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MathSoft Delivers Powerful Technical Drawing Tools with Visio Express for Mathcad

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — Jan. 23, 1996 — MathSoft, Inc. (NASDAQ:MATH), the industry leader in technical applications software today announced an agreement to bundle a special version of Visio Corporation's Visio Express software with Mathcad 6.0 PLUS and Mathcad 6.0 Standard Edition. The combination gives Mathcad 6.0 users instant access to Visio's acclaimed drawing and diagramming tools to integrate technical illustrations in Mathcad documents along with calculations, text and graphs.

Known for its distinctive "live" document interface, built-in e-mail, World Wide Web and Lotus Notes connectivity, Mathcad is the most widely used calculation software for technical professionals, educators and students. This special version of Visio Express bundled with Mathcad allows users to create technical drawings or schematics by simply "dragging and dropping" Visio SmartShapes from the software's wide-range of electronic stencils. Visio drawings and diagrams can then be inserted directly into Mathcad documents. Visio Express for Mathcad provides a collection of multiple purpose and drawing templates from Visio products, including a comprehensive electrical engineering template. The application also allows users to create their own customized stencils and templates.

"Visio's powerful drawing and diagramming capabilities are a terrific enhancement to Mathcad. The combination creates the industry's only integrated environment for illustrating and sharing technical information," said Charles Digate, president and CEO of MathSoft. "Strategically, it is a pairing of established market leaders. It extends our reach in the retail channels, and leverages both Mathcad's and Visio's brand name recognition."

"Mathcad's position in the technical software market makes it the ideal product with which to partner in promoting the benefits of Visio's graphics technology to a wide range of technical professionals," said Jeremy Jaech, president and CEO of Visio. "While Visio has become a leading drawing and diagramming product among business and technical users, this partnership with MathSoft is intended to advance Visio as a product of choice for creating technical drawings and schematics."

The product is available beginning February 1, 1996 and will be promoted through advertising, retail and other channel programs. New purchasers of Mathcad 6.0 PLUS or Mathcad 6.0 Standard Edition will receive a free a copy of Visio Express for Mathcad. Existing registered users of Mathcad 6.0 PLUS or Mathcad 6.0 Standard Edition can order a copy of Visio Express for Mathcad from MathSoft's Web site at http://www.mathsoft.com.

Visio Corp. (NASDAQ:VISIO), a leading supplier of enterprisewide business diagramming and technical drawing software, was founded in September 1990. The Seattle-based company pioneered the drawing and diagramming market with the release of Visio 1.0 in November 1992. Since then, Visio has released additional Windows-based products for the creation, storage and exchange of drawings and diagrams throughout business enterprises. The company markets the Visio product lines in North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

Founded in 1984, MathSoft is the leading provider of technical calculation and data analysis software for desktop computers. It has licensed more than 600,000 users of its software worldwide. Users include technical professionals worldwide at more than half the Fortune 1,000 companies and over 500 government installations, and students and faculty at over 2,000 colleges and universities. MathSoft product information can be obtained via the World Wide Web at http://www.mathsoft.com, by phone at 617-577-1017, by fax at 617-577-8829 or via mail at 101 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142.

Mathcad, S-PLUS, Axum, Electronic Books and the MathSoft logo are trademarks of MathSoft, Inc. Other product and service names mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

Visio is a registered trademark of Visio Corp.

CONTACT: Ellen Koup OR Rich Nagle/Siobhan Carroll

MathSoft, Inc. LNS Communications

617/577-1017 ext. 741 617/577-9777

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