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Newest Release of Visio Network Equipment Includes More Than 10,000 Hardware Device Shapes

Offers Library for Accurate Designs and Documentation of Local, Wide Area and Telecommunications Networks

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ — Visio Corp. (Nasdaq: VSIO) today announced the availability of the Visio® Network Equipment version 97.4, including over 1,000 additional hardware device shapes and enhanced features to facilitate network design. This version update, combined with Visio Professional, offers an affordable network solution that is easy to implement and extensible for use with other network management tools. Visio will demonstrate Visio Network Equipment at its booth (No. 348) during the ComNet '98 Exhibition in Washington, D.C., Jan. 27-29.

"Our strong relationships with hardware manufacturers ensure a constant supply of the latest product updates for inclusion in Visio Network Equipment," said John Rigas, director of Visio network solutions. "Customers who purchase our Subscription Service can similarly benefit from automatic delivery of this new content for creating high-quality network designs and satisfying their varying documentation needs."

"As we continue our rapid pace of high-performance networking product development to build networks that last, our partnership with Visio enables us to provide timely and accurate network designs in our proposals," said FORE Systems' Pat Dornan, system engineer. "We use Visio Network Equipment in conjunction with Visio Professional to help plan migration paths from current legacy networks to emerging technologies. Visio Network Equipment's extensive shape collection enables us to provide comprehensive real-world solutions and periodic updates to ensure that we produce customer-ready solutions."

New Features Ease Network Design

This updated version of Visio Network Equipment includes content representing the latest hardware equipment from major manufacturers such as Ascend Communications Inc., Bay Networks Inc., FORE Systems, Newbridge Networks Corp. and Xylan Corp. Product lines from manufacturers such as Lucent Technologies Inc., Osicom Technologies Inc., Toshiba International Corp. and Wandel & Goltermann Inc. also have been added. Other improvements in Visio Network Equipment version 97.4 include the following:

  • The ability to rotate shapes. Shape rotation allows a single device module SmartShapes® symbol to fit into either a horizontal or vertical chassis shape.
  • Improved shape custom properties. Shapes are now associated with enhanced custom property information, allowing more than 30 pieces of information to be maintained and reported on within six categories such as equipment, maintenance, workstation and network.
  • Named connection points. This is useful for consistent reference to a particular slot position on a chassis and for creating automated solutions with Visio software using Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications.
  • Long file names. This capability allows for easy file identification. The Visio Network Equipment shapes catalog, posted on the Visio Web site at, lists total shapes currently available and those scheduled for release next quarter.

Pricing and Availability

Visio Network Equipment is available from Visio Corp., national distributors, corporate resellers, retail stores and direct marketers. The U.S. estimated street price is $499. This Visio add-on requires Visio software version 4.0 or higher; the version 97.4 new features noted in this news release require version 5.0. The Subscription Service, offering subscribers with at least 2,000 additional shapes per year, is available for a U.S. estimated street price of $199 annually. Subscriptions purchased after 30 days from the initial purchase of the product will be available only as an upgrade at an estimated street price of $249. To place an order or to obtain more information on any Visio product, customers can contact Visio at 800-24-VISIO [248-4746], reference 93W, or visit the company's 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 40 countries, with more than 1.8 million users throughout the world.

NOTE: Visio and SmartShapes are trademarks or registered trademarks of Visio Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. 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.

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