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Visio Announces Partnership with Solidworks Products to Exchange 2D and 3D Design Information

DETROIT, Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ — Visio Corp. (Nasdaq: VSIO) today announced it has entered into a data-exchange partnership agreement with SolidWorks Corp., a Dassault Systemes (Nasdaq: DASTY) company. As a result, the two companies will offer solutions that permit the technical drawings and 3-D models created by their respective products to be used by one another. Visio®) Technical, Visio's easy-to-use 2-D technical drawing application, will gain technology developed by SolidWorks that will permit users to embed and view 3-D solid models inside Visio Technical drawings. SolidWorks, a manufacturer of Windows-native 3-D solid modeling software, will be able to offer Visio technology that directly translates 2-D data between the companies' products. This agreement constitutes the first step in a cooperative, long-term relationship between the parties.

"SolidWorks is the leading vendor of 3-D modeling technologies for 32-bit Windows platforms," said John Forbes, vice president and general manager, technical products at Visio. "Visio naturally looked to SolidWorks for the technology that would enable engineers and other technical users to take advantage of the power of 3-D solids modeling within the Visio Technical environment, and eventually within IntelliCAD®. With Visio and SolidWorks®, the hundreds of thousands of users of AutoCAD will soon have a choice in moving into higher levels of design productivity in both the 2-D and 3-D realms."

"SolidWorks is pleased that users of Visio Technical, and eventually users of IntelliCAD, will have access to native SolidWorks data," said John McEleney, vice president of product marketing at SolidWorks. "AutoCAD users will soon be able to leverage both the compatibility and interoperability of Visio and the native solid modeling of SolidWorks, enjoying greater performance, ease of use and affordability."

Visio Technical currently offers the ability to embed Autodesk AutoCAD DWG drawings within the Visio Technical drawing page as OLE objects. Using technology developed by Visio for its upcoming IntelliCAD product, Visio Technical allows users to view and scale embedded DWG drawings, and the drawing layers can be individually toggled on and off. With the inclusion of the SolidWorks viewing capabilities, users of Visio Technical will also be able to view native SolidWorks 97Plus parts, assemblies and drawings as OLE objects within a drawing. Users can rotate, pan and zoom the 3-D product designs and, using Visio Technical's SmartShapes® symbols, they can also annotate, redline and add 2-D technical diagrams to the drawing, which complement the native SolidWorks data. Further, if SolidWorks 97Plus is installed on the user's desktop, he or she can fully edit the SolidWorks data in place using Microsoft ActiveX technology.

SolidWorks and Visio also anticipate that future technical collaboration will extend inter-operability between the two companies' products. In the future, the companies plan to offer translation technology to support Visio Technical's VSD format, currently used by over 150,000 users of Visio Technical; the DWG format, the native data-storage format of IntelliCAD by Visio and Autodesk's AutoCAD products; as well as SolidWorks DRW, PRT and ASM file formats.

Visio will demonstrate both Visio Technical and IntelliCAD in Booth 447 at AutoFACT, which is being held in Detroit Nov. 4-6.

About SolidWorks

SolidWorks Corp., a Dassault Systemes company, develops and markets mechanical design software products for Windows. SolidWorks was founded in 1993 with the mission to bring production solid modeling to the desktop of every engineer. SolidWorks has offices worldwide and distributes its products through a network of 160 resellers in 43 countries. For more information or a product demonstration, contact your local SolidWorks distributor or reseller. Look for new information available on the SolidWorks Web site at

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 currently markets the Visio product line in nine languages and in more than 35 countries, with more than 1.5 million users throughout the world. For more information about Visio Corp. and its products, customers can contact Visio at (800) 24-VISIO (248-4746), ext. 93W or visit the Visio Web site at

Visio, IntelliCAD and SmartShapes are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Visio Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. SolidWorks is a registered trademark of SolidWorks Corp.

All other trademarks, trade names or company names referenced herein are used for identification only and are the property of their respective owners.

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