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Visio Announces Latest Version of Visio Technical

Continues to Provide Essential Windows-Based Drawing Solutions for Technical Professionals, Developers and ISVs

CHICAGO, June 3 /PRNewswire/ — Visio Corp. (Nasdaq: VSIO) today at Windows® World announced Visio® Technical 4.1, the newest version of the fastest-growing technical drawing product on the market. The latest release of Visio Technical, which will be available June 17, will offer users enhanced functionality in the areas of database connectivity, customizability, and new and smarter drawing tools and content.

"Since Visio's entrance into the technical drawing market in late 1994, we have experienced tremendous success in providing technical professionals with the ability to create professional-quality drawings while eliminating the prohibitive costs of purchasing and learning a dedicated CAD program," said Mark Sherman, Visio Technical product manager. "This release of Visio Technical significantly enhances the product's functionality in key areas, and as a result, will increase the number of users who find Visio Technical an easier and more productive tool than CAD for creating technical schematics."

Visio Technical is an excellent tool for traditional CAD users such as engineers, architects and designers who create 2-D technical drawings. Moreover, the company's roots in providing leading graphics technology for the Microsoft® Windows platform and establishing a unique approach to drawing using customizable SmartShapes® symbols — Visio's intelligent objects that contain built-in behavior and enable users to embed detailed information — make Visio Technical extremely well-suited for the much larger market of adjacent CAD users. These users produce technical documentation, inventory lists, assembly diagrams, sales proposals, collateral and other materials that incorporate drawings from CAD users.

New Features in Latest Version of Visio Technical

Several of the new features included within Visio Technical 4.1 encourage development and further interoperability with other applications throughout an organization. For example, the new Database Connectivity Wizard makes it easy for users to link any Visio Technical shape or drawing to any ODBC-compliant database, such as Microsoft Access, Microsoft FoxPro®, Oracle, Paradox, Sybase and others. A mechanical engineer, using actions on the right mouse button, could select the size, shape, dimension and type of screw or bolt from a manufacturer's parts list stored in an external database, and use the selected element in a drawing. When changes are made to the database, they can be reflected in the drawing, and vice versa.

In addition, Visio Technical 4.1 incorporates features that will enable the deployment of Visio as a comprehensive graphical solution. For example, enhanced programmability through support for the Microsoft Visual Basic® programming system version 4.0, which includes Event Notification, is provided. This functionality allows Visual Basic and other external programs to be notified of events that have occurred in Visio Technical.

More than 500 new SmartShapes symbols expand Visio Technical's existing set of 3,000 SmartShapes symbols to allow more detailed drawings for some of the most frequently used applications of Visio Technical. Task-specific shapes for electrical engineering, fluid power, HVAC and plumbing, mechanical engineering, a sampling of vendor- specific network equipment and software design are among those added to Visio Technical 4.1. Additional shape-specific intelligence has been added to the right-mouse-button options on a large number of shapes, making them even smarter and easier to work with and to tailor for individual use. For example, after the user selects an interior door or window for a space plan, the shape prompts the user to choose from a number of standard door widths or provides the option to specify custom door settings. This functionality not only increases each shape's flexibility but dramatically reduces the number of shapes needed.

Other new features include advanced drawing tools such as Trim, Join and Fit-to-Curve commands for creating custom shapes; batch conversion of AutoCAD files for converting multiple drawings or symbol libraries at once; and support for JPEG and PNG filters that make it easier for users to post their Visio Technical drawings to the World Wide Web.

Pricing and Availability

Visio Technical 4.1 has a U.S. estimated street price of $299. The suggested retail price is $399. Registered users of Visio Technical 4.0 can upgrade to Visio Technical 4.1 for $69; customers of Visio Technical 3.0 or earlier versions of Visio or Visio Express™ can upgrade to Visio Technical 4.1 for $149.

Visio Technical 4.1 supports the Windows 95, Windows 3.1 and Windows NT® operating systems, with 32-bit and 16-bit versions shipping in the same box. Both 3.5-inch disk and CD-ROM media are included, in addition to "Developing Visio Solutions," an in-depth guide to creating customized Visio solutions through OLE Automation using Visual Basic, C, or C++. The product includes 90 days of free technical support and a 60-day, money-back guarantee.

Visio Technical 4.1 is scheduled to be available June 17 from leading national distributors, corporate resellers, retail channels and direct marketers, as well as direct from Visio Corp. To place an order or to obtain more information on any Visio product, customers can contact Visio at (800) 24-VISIO [248-4746], ext. 93W. Additional details about Visio can also be obtained on CompuServe and MSN™, The Microsoft Network, or via Visio's Web page at

Visio Technical 4.1 Premieres at Windows World

Visio Technical 4.1 will be demonstrated for the first time June 3-6 at Windows World in Chicago at McCormick Place North, Level 3 North, Booth W3720.

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 and has since released additional Windows-based products for the creation and exchange of drawings and diagrams in business. Visio's powerful product architecture, combined with partner programs and third-party relationships in key market segments, is establishing Visio as a desktop platform standard for the creation of graphical solutions. The company markets the Visio product line in more than 26 countries throughout the world.

NOTE: Visio and SmartShapes are registered trademarks and Visio Express is a trademark of Visio Corp.

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

All other trademarks are held by their respective companies.

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