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Visio Corp. Agrees to Acquire Technology and Assets of InfoModelers Inc

Acquisition to Strengthen Visio's Commitment to the Database Design Market

SEATTLE, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ — Visio Corp. (Nasdaq: VSIO) today announced that it has agreed to acquire, subject to the satisfactory completion of certain closing conditions, substantially all assets of InfoModelers Inc., a privately held, leading supplier of database and data warehouse visual design, access and query tools located in Bellevue, Wash. Visio intends to incorporate substantial portions of InfoModelers' database design, modeling and query technology into future product offerings. Under the terms of the agreement, Visio will acquire substantially all the assets of InfoModelers, including its InfoModeler and ActiveQuery technology, for an undisclosed number of shares of unregistered Visio stock. Visio will account for the acquisition as a purchase with a portion of the purchase price allocated as in-process research and development. Excluding this one-time charge in the March 1998 quarter, it is not expected that the acquisition will be materially dilutive to earnings.

Fifteen of InfoModelers' current employees, including the entire engineering team and Dr. Terry Halpin, creator of the Object Role Modeling methodology, are accepting employment positions with Visio as part of this purchase. Halpin will serve as Visio's director of database strategy, reporting to Ted Johnson, the company's chief technology officer.

"The addition of technology and staff from InfoModelers will allow us to address more completely the needs of our customers who are already designing and documenting their databases using Visio® technology," said Peter Mullen, vice president and general manager of the Visio business products unit. "Recent surveys of our Visio Professional users indicate that approximately 25 percent of these customers are currently doing database application design, and we expect that the combined strengths of these technology offerings will allow Visio Professional to become the standard in database design and documentation."

Visio Professional was first released in the United States in January 1997. In the September 1997 quarter, the product accounted for $10.8 million in revenues, or approximately 35 percent of Visio's total revenue for the quarter. Visio's May 1997 acquisition of SysDraw Software Co. has enabled the Visio Professional product and its add-on solution, Visio Network Equipment, to address corporate customers' deeper needs in the area of network design and documentation. The InfoModelers technology is also expected to give enterprise customers a more in-depth solution by deepening Visio Professional product functionality in the area of database design. Today, Visio Professional 5.0 is available in five local language versions — U.S. English, International English, German, French and Kanji — and additional language versions are planned for 1998.

"The combination of technologies from InfoModelers and Visio Corp. will offer users both state-of-the-art modeling and query capabilities and great ease of use," said Tom Van Horn, president and CEO of InfoModelers. "We're excited that this leading technology will be delivered to the broader Visio market base at a very affordable price."

After the closing of the transaction, current InfoModelers customers will be able to purchase additional licensed seats of InfoModeler from Visio Corp. for a limited time.

About InfoModelers

InfoModelers Inc. is the leading supplier of state-of-the-art visual design, access and query tools for database and data warehouse developers based on both logical and conceptual modeling technologies. A privately held corporation, InfoModelers is one of the technology companies included in Paul Allen's Wired World portfolio. Database developers, administrators and users rely on InfoModelers software tools to optimize communication and quality in their advanced database and data warehouse design, modeling, re-engineering and data query efforts. InfoModelers Inc. is headquartered in Bellevue, Wash.

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 Microsoft 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 40 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 company's Web site at

NOTE: Visio is registered trademark of Visio Corp. All other trademarks, trade names or company names referenced herein are used for identification only and are the property of their respective owners.

SOURCE Visio Corp.

/CONTACT: Leslie Deitz of Visio Corp., 206-521-4546, or; or Jerry Johnson of Waggener Edstrom, 425-637-9097, or, for Visio/

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