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Monday, August 19, 1996 < Prev Next >

Visio Internet Assistant Arrives, Meets Demand for Visio Graphics Technology on the Web

Add-on Fulfills Customers' Wishes to Combine Visio Drawings and Diagrams with Internet, Intranets

SEATTLE, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ — Visio Corp. (Nasdaq: "VSIO") today announced the online availability of Visio® Internet Assistant, a new add-on that delivers Internet functionality to users of 32-bit versions of Visio and Visio Technical. The Visio Internet Assistant will provide value to Visio customers who want to create Web pages with Visio or to publish Visio drawings as Web pages. A beta release of Visio Internet Assistant is available immediately, at no charge, on Visio's Web site, at

With the Hyperlink Editor in Visio Internet Assistant, users can easily link shapes in one drawing to a completely different drawing, to a file from another application, or to a page on the World Wide Web. Additionally, entire drawings can be saved in Web-ready HTML format, keeping all links intact. Also provided in Internet Assistant are JPEG and PNG graphics filters for exporting from Visio to HTML with popular graphics formats.

"Our installed base of over 800,000 users has been active in the explosion of the Internet and is eager to integrate Visio drawings within corporate intranets as well as on company Web sites," said Jeremy Jaech, president and CEO of Visio Corp. "Visio is all about enabling people to visualize their businesses, and providing accessibility to Visio drawings on the Internet is another way we help our customers do just that."

Utilizing Internet Assistant, users will be able to view exported Visio files with the latest versions of popular Internet browsers, including Microsoft® Internet Explorer 3.0 and Netscape Navigator 3.0. Tools for enhanced Internet functionality will continue to be developed and incorporated into future versions of Visio and Visio Technical, as well as into the upcoming addition to the Visio product line, Visio Professional.

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 is a registered trademark of Visio Corp. Microsoft and Windows 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.

SOURCE Visio Corp.

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