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Updated Visio Technical DWG/DXF Converter Now Available

New Converter Provides Users with Three Powerful Ways to Leverage CAD Drawings

SEATTLE, April 29 /PRNewswire/ — Visio Corp. (Nasdaq: VSIO) today announced the availability of a new version of its DWG/DXF file converter for its 2-D technical drawing product, Visio® Technical 5.0. The updated conversion capabilities give Visio Technical users the ability to work with CAD drawings created with Autodesk AutoCAD versions 2.5 through Release 14. This expands the capabilities found in the initial release of Visio Technical 5.0, which supported the DWG/DXF formats of Release 10 through Release 13.

"Visio Technical provides an affordable, easy way for people who are not familiar with AutoCAD to view, annotate or work with DWG drawings," said Dirk Meyer, product manager for Visio Technical. "The updated DWG/DXF converter is one of the productivity tools that Visio Technical is providing to better assist and equip users in creating, working with and sharing the 2 billion AutoCAD drawings in DWG format that exist today."

Updated Converter

With Visio Technical's updated converter, DWG files can be imported from versions 2.5 through R14 and can be exported to R10-R14. The update also allows for the import of DXF versions 2.5 through R14 in both ASCII and binary formats, and the export of DXF to R10-R14. With Visio Technical SmartShapes® symbols and annotation capabilities, users can view, edit and annotate DWG and DXF drawings, making Visio Technical a powerful tool for adjacent CAD users who work with but don't always need to create CAD drawings. The DWG/DXF converter offers multiple ways to work with AutoCAD and IntelliCAD® 98 by Visio DWG/DXF drawings: import as display-only, import as editable, and a combination of display-only and editable.

Viewing Embedded DWG/DXF Drawings

Through the DWG/DXF converter, the Visio Technical user can embed a DWG/DXF drawing in a Visio Technical document to facilitate sharing of DWG/DXF formatted drawings beyond just CAD operators. After embedding the drawing, the user can then drag and drop SmartShapes symbols onto the drawing, insert text annotations, resize the embedded drawing, pan the drawing's bounding box, and zoom to a specific part of the embedded drawing. After adding new drawing content, the user can then share the Visio document with any Visio Standard 5.0, Visio Technical 5.0 or Visio Professional 5.0 user, permitting the distribution of valuable CAD drawings throughout the enterprise without the requirement of dedicated CAD viewing software at each desk. The Visio Technical user also has the option of exporting the drawing back into DWG/DXF file format for use in AutoCAD or IntelliCAD 98 products. Last, if the user has both Visio Technical and IntelliCAD 98 software on the same PC, the DWG drawing can be edited within the Visio drawing using the IntelliCAD interface. Visio Technical's support of Microsoft ActiveX technology is identical with that of Microsoft Office products, allowing users to edit documents in place within other applications.

Editing DWG/DXF Drawings With Visio Technical

Importing a DWG/DXF drawing into Visio Technical in "editable" format will cause the vector-based drawing entities, such as lines and circles, to be converted into intelligent SmartShapes symbols, which can be modified with Visio Technical drawing tools. The user can also convert AutoCAD block libraries found within DWG files into Visio stencil format, preserving all of the symbol attributes. Layering information contained within a DWG drawing will be preserved in the new Visio drawing.


Users of Visio Technical 5.0 and 5.0a may download the updated Visio Technical DWG/DXF converter, part of the Service Release B for U.S. English Visio 5.0 products, from the Visio Web site at

About Visio Corp.

Visio Corp. is the leading supplier of enterprisewide business diagramming and technical drawing software, with an installed base of over 2 million users worldwide. Founded in September 1990, the Seattle-based company pioneered the drawing and diagramming software market with the release of Visio 1.0 in November 1992, and has since released additional Windows-based graphics applications that offer users a unique and effective way to communicate and work. Visio's powerful product line is becoming a worldwide standard for graphical solutions in business, with the support of partner programs and third-party relationships in key market segments. Visio products are available in as many as 11 language versions and are sold in more than 40 countries. Customers can contact Visio at 800-24-VISIO (248-4746), reference 93W, or visit the Visio Web site at to obtain more information on any Visio product.

NOTE: Visio, SmartShapes and IntelliCAD are either 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.

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