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Visio Announces Business Bonus Pack for Visio Standard 5.0

New Capabilities and Content Strengthen Visio's Lead in Business Graphics

SEATTLE, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ — Visio Corp. (Nasdaq: VSIO) today announced the availability of the Business Bonus Pack for Visio® Standard 5.0 featuring task-specific solutions that make it even easier to create business diagrams focused on enhancing business communications and managing information, processes and concepts. This new offering enhances Visio's popular business diagramming application, Visio Standard 5.0, by building on Visio's intelligent drag-and-drop approach to drawing that puts powerful graphics capabilities within reach of the mainstream business user.

"From extensive customer research, we are observing how people actually use, and want to use, business graphics that improve the way they work and communicate," said Holly McCargo, senior product manager at Visio Corp. "The Business Bonus Pack provides new capabilities and solutions focused on making users dramatically more efficient in producing business diagrams that help put the power of visual communications to work for them."

Building on the Promise of Graphics in Business

The Business Bonus Pack allows users to create polished business diagrams quickly and easily, strengthening Visio Standard's position as an important desktop productivity tool. New content allows users to create cross-functional flowcharts to design and document processes spanning multiple departments. The "ready-to-go" organization chart solution offers users 15 layout plans, prelinked shapes and different themes. The Business Bonus Pack includes new color schemes, background designs and 3-D SmartShapes® symbols that increase the visual impact of users' common diagrams. New, simple timelines offer users the ability to create a traditional straight-line timeline, which automatically calculates dates for milestones and intervals based on their placement on the timeline diagram and vice versa. Rounding out the list of content in the Business Bonus Pack is a new tutorial designed to help users incorporate business diagrams into their everyday communications.

"As business practices change and accelerate in the '90s, people need new ways to work," said Aron Davis of GMR Fashion. "Visio's new Business Bonus Pack provides a simple solution that allows us to visualize and streamline our business. We're a very diagram-driven organization — our culture has everyone thinking and communicating graphically — and we really believe Visio is headed in the right direction with this new addition."

Pricing and Availability

The Business Bonus Pack is available to new purchasers of Visio Standard and existing users of version 5.0 and above of any Visio-based product. This new offering can be downloaded free of charge from Visio's Web site at beginning Sept. 21, 1998. The estimated street price of Visio Standard 5.0 including the Business Bonus Pack is $149 (U.S.).

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 Microsoft 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.

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 and SmartShapes 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.

SOURCE Visio Corp.

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