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Visio Announces Visio Solutions Library as Resource for Custom Solutions

Content-Oriented Library, Available Online and in Packaged Form, Features Wide Range of Solutions Based on Visio Platform

SEATTLE, April 22 /PRNewswire/ — Visio Corp. (Nasdaq: VSIO) today announced the details of its Visio Solutions Library™ product line, including SmartShapes® solutions, add-ons and content. The collection will include products developed by Visio and Visio Business Partners representing third parties with market expertise in core industries. The product line will extend the application of Visio® technology and demonstrate Visio solutions in the enterprise and among markets such as information systems, business-process management, architecture, manufacturing, engineering, insurance and law. Accessible for preview via Visio's World Wide Web home page at and available from resellers via the Internet as well as traditional retail channels, the Visio Solutions Library product line will complement Visio's existing products by providing users the tools to accomplish specific business tasks and optimize enterprise standardization on Visio. The Visio Solutions Library product line will be available at the end of the second quarter of 1996.

"The overwhelming acceptance of Visio technology as a graphics platform has prompted the development of numerous solutions from ISVs, corporate developers, VARs and solution providers that provide substantial benefits to end users," said Jeremy Jaech, president and CEO of Visio Corp. "The Visio Solutions Library product line shows our commitment to delivering drawing and diagramming solutions to users in a wide-range of industries, and our investment in supporting third-party developers' adoption of our technology as a platform for building customized solutions."

Visio-Developed Content

The Visio Solutions Library product line will incorporate new and existing Visio SmartShapes solutions that are focused on select markets of primary relevance to Visio's current and potential user base, including network equipment shapes, advanced software diagram shapes and electrical engineering shapes. In addition, Visio plans to offer new solutions combined with other strategic partners' processes or technology, such as the SAP® R/3™ process model solution, and content based on key manufacturers' symbol libraries.

Third-Party Content and Certification

The third-party solutions included in the Visio Solutions Library product line will focus on bringing the power and productivity of Visio into a variety of new industries. All solutions submitted by third- parties will be required to meet criteria compiled by Visio in order to be included within the product line as well as to receive and use the Visio Solutions Library logo. Visio's development team will also assist third-party developers in the development process and ensure that the application of Visio technology is consistent with Visio's quality standards.

"The fact that users who access the Visio Solutions Library from Visio's Web page will be able to preview our SmartView™ product, an image-viewing solution developed for the Visio product line, and see its value firsthand represents a significant and unmatched opportunity for us," said Yutaka Tanaka, vice president and general manager at Hitachi Software Engineering America Ltd. in Boulder, Colo. "Partnering with Visio, the pioneer and market leader of its category, will add a whole new level of awareness about the benefits of our imaging technology to mainstream business end users."

Frequently Updated Content

The Visio Solutions Library product line will be featured prominently on Visio's Web site, allowing the company to frequently update the solutions available from Visio and participating third parties. Visio's Web page featuring the Visio Solutions Library will enable users to locate, view and order all solutions featured within the collection by contacting Visio or by accessing an online hypertext link to participating resellers. Information about how to contact the third- party companies to obtain their solutions will also be included. The Visio Solutions Library product line will be available from resellers via the Internet and as a packaged product from leading national distributors, corporate resellers, direct marketers, retail channels, and directly from Visio.

All solutions developed by Visio and included within the Visio Solutions Library product line will be compatible with all versions of Visio and Visio Technical for the Microsoft Windows® operating system. To obtain more information on any Visio product, customers can contact Visio at 800-24-VISIO (248-4746), ext. 93W.

About Visio Corp.

Visio Corp., 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 enterprises. The company markets the Visio product line in more than 26 countries throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

Visio and SmartShapes are registered trademarks and Visio Solutions Library is a trademark of Visio Corp.

SAP is a registered trademark and R/3 is a trademark of SAP AG.

SmartView is a trademark of Hitachi Software Engineering Company Ltd.

Microsoft, Windows and MSN are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

CompuServe is a registered trademark of CompuServe Inc.

Note: If you are interested in viewing additional information on Visio Corp., please visit the Visio home page at Details about Visio are also available on CompuServe® and MSN™, The Microsoft Network.

/CONTACT: Melissa Covelli, 206-637-9097,, or Megan Prentiss, 206-637-9097,, of Waggener Edstrom/

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