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VISIBLE OFFERS FREE ENTERPRISE-WIDE UPGRADE TO ERWIN USERS

Users can now upgrade from their file-based ERwin system to gain the advantages of the more powerful Visible Analyst, a repository-based tool

WALTHAM, MA -- January 15, 2002 -- Visible Systems announced a competitive upgrade offer for ERwin users who want to overcome the restrictions of a file-based application development system. For a limited time, ERwin 3.5 customers can receive one free license to Visible Analyst for each existing copy of ERwin (www.visiblesystemscorp.com/Products/Analyst/competitive_upgrade.html).

Visible Analyst is a fully integrated repository-based data, process, and UML modeling tool that has many advantages over ERwin: true multi-user repository-based modeling that file-based tools cannot provide; shared model elements across diagrams and projects; and a single user interface for all modeling needs. In addition, Visible Analyst has a bi-directional interface to Visible Developer, a model-based enterprise code generation product that produces nearly full production code from models and user-defined business rules.

"ERwin users are constrained by a file-based tool," said John Vosburgh, general manager of Visible's modeling tools division. "Visible Analyst doesn't have that constraint. Every license of Visible Analyst includes a powerful, extendable, repository - at no additional cost. ERwin requires an expensive workgroup model management product. We're confident that if developers compare Visible Analyst and ERwin, they will choose Visible Analyst. So, we're willing to give ERwin users an easy opportunity to upgrade to a better tool -- a free license."

The competitive upgrade offer is available through March 2002. The offer includes a free license of the full-featured Visible Analyst Corporate Edition. Users pay yearly maintenance costs, which are $600 per license.

About Visible Systems Corporation

Visible (http://www.visiblesystemscorp.com), headquartered in Waltham, MA, is a leader in application development tools, training, and consulting. Visible has over 100,000 users of its products worldwide. Besides Visible Developer, the company's products include Visible Analyst, a powerful software analysis and design tool that supports UML, XML, round-trip, and structured software engineering in one integrated tool set; and Razor, a full-featured configuration management system.

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