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Visio Corp. Releases Japanese Version of Visio Technical

Meeting Technical Drawing Needs in the Growing Japanese Software Market

SEATTLE, Nov. 11 /PRNewswire/ — Visio Corp. (Nasdaq: VSIO) today announced its expansion into the Japanese market with the introduction of Visio® Technical 4.1J, a Kanji version of the company's fast-growing technical drawing product. Through optimization of the Windows® environment, true integration with Windows-based applications, and a unique drag-and-drop methodology, Visio Technical 4.1J offers technical professionals a superior new approach for creating 2-D drawings and technical schematics.

"The proliferation of Windows in the marketplace and the growing need for access to technical drawings throughout corporations are stimulating users to find alternative solutions to CAD," said Mark Sherman, Visio Technical product manager. "Visio Technical 4.1J is designed for Windows from the ground up, making it easier to use and more efficient than traditional CAD systems for anyone who needs to produce or work with technical drawings."

Visio Technical is an excellent tool for traditional CAD users such as engineers, architects, network managers 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® products — 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.

To maximize efficiency in the drawing process, Visio Technical 4.1J provides users with more than 1,700 industry-specific technical SmartShapes drawing solutions — which conform to JIS (Japanese) and ISO (international) standards — that can be dragged and dropped onto a drawing page to create drawings such as space plans, network designs and engineering schematics. 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 included within Visio Technical 4.1J.

Visio Technical 4.1J is ideal for communication between CAD and non-CAD users, with its enhanced Autodesk AutoCAD file compatibility, enabling users to import, edit and export native AutoCAD DWG and DXF files. When importing AutoCAD files, users have the option of specifying only the layers meant to be edited or displayed, resulting in much faster file conversion. Visio Technical 4.1J maintains all AutoCAD attributes and can automatically convert AutoCAD symbol libraries into SmartShapes symbols. An Append option lets users add a new layer of information in Visio Technical 4.1J on top of an imported DWG file without altering the original file, thus ensuring data integrity.

Other key features include advanced drawing tools such as Trim, Join and Fit-to-Curve commands for creating custom shapes, and support for JPEG and PNG filters that make it easier for users to post their Visio Technical drawings to the World Wide Web. Also, the SmartLayers™ feature permits users to create multiple layers for each drawing page and to control which layers they want to print, show, snap to, protect or highlight.

"The potential for Visio Technical in Japan is tremendous, as Visio 4.0J, the company's business diagramming program, already has made great inroads as a desktop standard since its shipment in January," said Yoshihisa Hirano, general manager of Tokyo-based ASCII Something Good Corp., a leading technology manufacturer and distributor in Japan. "Technical professionals seeking an easier and more productive tool than CAD for creating technical schematics should be pleased with features of Visio Technical specifically designed to meet the needs of the local market."

Additional Features of Visio Technical

Other features included within Visio Technical 4.1J encourage development and greater 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 4.1J 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.

Pricing and Availability

The Kanji version of Visio Technical 4.1 has a suggested retail price of 60,000 yen (approximately $545 U.S. currency) and is available now through leading resellers in Japan. The estimated street price is between 40,000 and 50,000 yen. To place an order or obtain more information on Visio Technical 4.1J, international customers can contact ASCII Something Good Corp. at +81-3-5351-8080. Additional details about Visio Corp. can also be obtained via CompuServe or on Visio's Web site at

Visio Technical 4.1J 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.

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 SmartLayers is a trademark of Visio Corp. Microsoft, Windows, FoxPro, Visual Basic and Windows NT 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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