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Wednesday, September 18, 1996 < Prev Next >

Visio and Microsystems Engineering Announce SysDraw Network Equipment Shapes for Visio Products

Add-on for Visio to Take Advantage of SysDraw as Standard in Network Device Quality Images

ATLANTA, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ — Visio Corp. (Nasdaq: VSIO) and Microsystems Engineering Co., the developer and supplier of SysDraw® — The Network Illustrator network design and documentation software program, today announced the upcoming shipment of SysDraw's 6,000 precise, manufacturer-specific network equipment images as SysDraw Shapes designed for Visio® products. The development of this add-on will take advantage of Visio's widely acclaimed, powerful graphics capabilities for quick and easy design and documentation of network systems. The SysDraw Shapes also will complement Visio Corp.'s upcoming shipment of Visio Professional, targeting IT professionals with sophisticated diagramming capabilities in the areas of advanced network design, as well as software design, database development and business process management.

Visio Corp. (Booth 6874) and Microsystems Engineering Co. (Booth 5737) will each preview SysDraw Shapes at NetWorld+Interop, which is being held Sept. 18-20 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

"Partnering with Visio as the leader in business diagramming represents a significant opportunity for us to deliver into a marketplace that can benefit from SysDraw's expertise for creating the highest-quality logical and physical network diagrams," said John Rigas, president of Microsystems Engineering Co.

"SysDraw's library of highly detailed hardware device images combined with Visio Professional is the ultimate tool for the graphical display of networks," said Peter Mullen, general manager of Visio business products at Visio. "We are pleased to be working with Microsystems Engineering as a premier network design and documentation tool partner, as we view our technologies as complementary in meeting today's increased demands of designing and managing a corporate network."

Support for the Latest New Images From Major Manufacturers

The SysDraw Shapes will include exact-replica hardware device images from more than 250 manufacturers, including 3Com Corp., Bay Networks Inc., Cabletron Systems Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., Digital Equipment Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM Corp., Madge Networks Inc., NetWorth Inc. and Superior Modular Products Inc. Each network device shape within this add-on will include product-specific attributes, including vendor, product name, description and part number. By using Visio's SmartShapes® technology, SysDraw Shapes behave in a manner that users expect; one example of this predictability is network cards that can snap into equipment racks and remain in place even when the user moves the rack.

Availability of SysDraw Shapes for Visio Products

The shipment of the add-on product is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 1996; pricing will range from $99 to $795 depending upon the quantity of manufacturer-specific shapes selected. Information about SysDraw Shapes for Visio products will be featured prominently at the Visio Solutions Library located at

For more information on SysDraw, contact Microsystems Engineering at 800 SYSDRAW (797-3729) or via the company's home page at Customers can contact Visio at 800-24-VISIO (248-4746), ext. 93W. Additional information on Visio Corp. is available via CompuServe and Visio's home page at

About Microsystems Engineering Co.

Microsystems Engineering Co., founded in 1977 and the leading network design and documentation solutions provider, develops and markets SysDraw — The Network Illustrator. Combining over 15 years of experience in end-user software solutions and as the market leader in network device shapes, SysDraw is targeted toward network managers, systems integrators and hardware manufacturers. Some SysDraw users include 3Com Corp., Arthur Anderson, Johnson Controls Network Integration Services, U.S. Connect Inc., Ford Motor Co., Hewlett-Packard Co., AT&T Corp., Allied Bendix and many more.

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 of Visio Corp. SysDraw is a registered trademark of Microsystems Engineering Co. Windows is either a registered trademark or trademark of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are held by their respective companies.

SOURCE Visio Corp.

/CONTACT: Kathy McDonald of Microsystems Engineering Co., 630-261-0111, or e-mail,, NetWorld+Interop Booth 5737; or Melissa Covelli of Waggener Edstrom, 206-637-9097, or e-mail,, NetWorld+Interop Booth 6874, for Visio/

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