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Industry Recognizes Visio Professional as Tool of Choice for Software and Database Designers

Recent Award Wins Acknowledge Popular Graphics Package as Emerging Standard in New Generation of Visual Modeling Tools

SEATTLE, April 2 /PRNewswire/ — Visio Corp. (Nasdaq: VSIO) today announced its receipt of two awards for its contribution to software and database design — the Software Development - Jolt Productivity Award and the Visual Basic Programmers Journal (VBPJ) Reader's Choice Award. Visio® Professional 5.0 was chosen for its visual modeling capabilities as well as its ability to greatly enhance the productivity of software developers.

"Visio Professional's support of the object-oriented and data modeling methods make the product extremely well-suited for developing software faster, easier, and more efficiently," said Lori Pearce, general manager, Professional products business unit. "It's quite a privilege to receive awards from these two publications, which have strong readership in the software developer community. These awards represent the first of what we hope will be many notable achievements for Visio Professional in the visual modeling arena."

Visio Professional's Role in Software Development

Visio Professional is a powerful visual modeling tool that can be used to help a team graphically depict a program's architecture throughout the development cycle. Visio Professional 5.0 supports the Unified Modeling Language (UML), the emerging standard for specifying, constructing, visualizing, and documenting the artifacts of a software-intensive system, and includes the Microsoft Repository. The incorporation of these technologies allows diagrams created in Visio Professional to be transformed into models exchanged with other development tools and shared with other people involved in the development of a system. Visio Professional can play an important role in helping managers complete projects on time and under budget, as well as increase overall corporate productivity.

"I appreciate the product's capability to help programmers create, edit, and fully understand an object-oriented model in an easy-to-use graphical environment," said Mike Zeiler, product specialist, ESRI. "Visio Professional is the most accessible, flexible, and efficient tool I've found to meet my software engineering needs."

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.

NOTE: Visio is a registered trademark 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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