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Man and Machine Joins Visio Business Partner Program

Leading CAD Tool Developer Offers Symbol Libraries for Visio Products

SEATTLE, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ — Visio Corp. (Nasdaq: VSIO) today announced that Man and Machine Inc., a leading supplier of innovative, low-cost CAD solutions, has joined the Visio® Business Partner program and recently shipped its first Architecture Design Series symbol library for Visio Technical 5.0, Visio's technical drawing and diagramming software. The Man and Machine solution, which provides over 6,000 AEC-oriented SmartShapes® symbols, has earned the Designed for Visio logo certification. Man and Machine also plans to offer its block symbol library products, previously available only for Autodesk's AutoCAD products, for use with IntelliCAD® 98 by Visio, the AutoCAD-compatible Microsoft Windows CAD application that Visio anticipates shipping later this quarter.

"We are pleased that Man and Machine has joined the Visio Business Partner program and is adding value to Visio's products," said Dirk Meyer, Visio Technical product marketing manager. "Man and Machine's development of a wide range of solutions for Visio's products reflects its commitment to providing the technical drawing, schematic and CAD add-on tools that users need, and further validates Visio's acceptance within the CAD marketplace."

Symbol Libraries

The first solution Man and Machine has developed for Visio Technical 5.0 is the complete Architecture Design Series for Visio, which contains approximately 6,000 SmartShapes symbols for AEC drawings. The series contains four libraries of shapes:

  • Architecture, plan view-specific symbols
  • Architecture II, elevation and section symbols
  • Building Services, plumbing and HVAC shapes
  • Internal Architecture, furniture and fixture-specific shapes

Man and Machine's Architecture Design Series for Visio is now shipping at an introductory U.S. price of $99 per symbol library. Man and Machine also plans later this quarter to ship an additional collection of symbol libraries called the Technical Design Series for Visio, which will consist of over 4,000 shapes covering mechanical, electrical, electronic, hydraulic/pneumatic, material processing and ventilation applications.

The decision to develop the Architecture Design Series and the Technical Design Series permitted Man and Machine to convert its vector-based block shapes used with AutoCAD products into Visio Technical's information-rich, object-oriented SmartShapes technology. Much more than a collection of vector-based clip art, the SmartShapes symbols found in Visio Technical contain intelligence that controls the way the symbols behave. The shapes contained in the new Visio symbol libraries developed by Man and Machine also behave intelligently and will give users of Visio Technical access to a wider variety of technical shapes that are ideal for creating intelligent technical drawings and schematics.

"We decided to develop SmartShapes-based solutions for the Visio platform after we began to notice Visio's market acceptance growing," said Gary Fitzgerald, managing director at Man and Machine. "We are also excited to extend our AutoCAD block library products to the IntelliCAD platform, and are encouraging the developers for whom Man and Machine distributes add-on products to do likewise. Through efforts like the Visio Business Partner program, we look forward to working with Visio to grow the marketplace for CAD and related tools."

Visio Business Partner Program

The Visio Business Partner program is an information and support network that helps independent software vendors (ISVs), consultants, systems integrators, value-added resellers and corporate developers deliver superior business solutions that complement or utilize Visio graphics technology. Those interested in more information about the Visio Business Partner program can send e-mail to, contact Visio at 800-24-VISIO (248-4746) reference 93W, or visit Visio's Web page at More information about Man and Machine and its products can be retrieved from its Web page 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 1.8 million users throughout the world.

Information about Visio Technical or any other Visio product can be obtained by calling Visio at 800-24-VISIO (248-4746), reference 93W, or by visiting the Visio Web site at

NOTE: Visio, SmartShapes and IntelliCAD are either registered trademarks or 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 Corporation

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