Visio breaks new ground with 2000 series

Visio breaks new ground with 2000 series

Visio last week unveiled its Visio 2000 Standard edition, the first of four components in the developer's completely re-engineered architecture range targeting the corporate market.

Following the Standard edition's release will be Visio 2000 Technical edition, Professional edition and Enterprise edition, all to be rolled out by October when the vendor goes on a national road show.

According to Visio, the new tech-nology is faster, simpler and more feature-rich than previous offerings, but most importantly it can be deployed across the entire enterprise, a feat Visio claims is unique.

"Visio 2000 Standard allows an organisation to use a single engine across an entire enterprise including human resources, financials, marketing, sales and IT," explained Daniel Rohwer, business development man-ager for Visio in Australia and New Zealand.

Rohwer believes this is the "most significant release Visio has ever had and it has the most changes". These include increased automation of such things as the organisational chart, visual mark-up language (VML) support and Microsoft engine installer.

The new engine is also much more Internet-oriented with the inclusion of embedded hyperlinks and the ability to publish diagrams directly onto the Web.

The redesigned diagramming technology is intended to build Visio's market share in the constantly expanding corporate segment and move away from its traditional shrink-wrapped roots. "Last year 34 per cent of Visio's revenue was generated by corporate sales. We're going to grow that to 50 per cent this year by working with our corporate resellers," Rohwer added.

Presently, Visio's corporate channel base is comprised of distributors Express Data and Tech Pacific and resellers Software Spectrum, GE IT, AMS and TSG. Rohwer hinted at future expansion to this with Visio "coming up with a program next year that will grow that corporate reseller base", though no details were forthcoming.

Visio 2000 Standard new features

Smarter timelines

Single-click formatting

Visual browsing of drawing types

Stencil tips

Faster flow charts

Instant organisational charts

Anchored windows

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