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Advanced Visual Systems Announces Ability to Create Custom ActiveX Controls for Data Visualization; AVS is First to Provide Ability to Build Custom ActiveX Visualization Controls.

WALTHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 1, 1999--Advanced Visual Systems Inc. (AVS), the premiere global provider of data visualization technology, today announced that its AVS/Express(R) graphical application suite is the first to provide the ability to create custom Microsoft(R) ActiveX(R) controls for data visualization. In addition to AVS' off-the-shelf visualization controls, AVS/Express now provides the ability to design and construct customized components.

"Taking advantage of the rapid application development environment of AVS/Express, fulfilling project needs for data visualization has never been easier," said Russ Barbour, President and Chief Executive Officer of Advanced Visual Systems Inc. "We recognize the growing importance of standard IDE's for our customers and will continue to provide solutions that maximize the value of the software they use from AVS."

"The visualization technology from AVS takes advantage of the capabilities of ActiveX, allowing full customization of COM (Component Object Model) components," said Michael Gross, COM Product Manager of Microsoft Corporation. "Microsoft COM enables developers doing component-based development (CBD) to significantly reduce development time as evidenced in AVS' AVS/Express products."

Examples of visualization techniques that can be incorporated into ActiveX controls with AVS/Express include isosurfaces, cutting planes, glyphs, volume rendering, and interactive features such as drill-down, picking, rotating, zooming and scaling various objects. Developers can assemble an entirely new ActiveX control with a custom interface, allowing them to build highly interactive visual representations for their massive data stores.

AVS/Express is a multi-platform (UNIX, Windows(R) 98, Windows(R) 95 and Windows NT(R), and Internet/intranet), object-based software environment for visualizing complex data as well as building applications with interactive visualization and graphics functions. It provides object libraries that contain numerous reusable objects for data visualization, image processing, graphics display, web interaction, database connectivity and user interface construction. The architecture supports the use of legacy software enabling customers to continue use of their current data structures. It uses an object-oriented visual programming interface to connect these components to generate interactive 3D visualizations, as well as 2D charts and graphs. AVS/Express provides the environment and platform for software and data integration from multiple sources and data types.

In addition to providing leading edge visualization tools, AVS has a team of expert visualization consultants. The Advanced Visual Systems Professional Services organization helps global organizations turn data into visual insight through the deployment of robust, extensible visualization solutions. A full range of visualization services is offered: from requirements definition through application deployment, from knowledge transfer through application upgrade.

About Advanced Visual Systems

Advanced Visual Systems Inc. is the premiere global provider of data visualization technology and has been at the forefront of the visualization technology market since its 3D visualization tools were developed. Advanced Visual Systems Inc. was incorporated as an independent, privately-held software company in 1992. AVS distributes its products in more than 25 countries around the world. For more information, visit the AVS web site at

About Microsoft Corporation

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

AVS/Express is a registered trademark of Advanced Visual Systems Inc. Microsoft, ActiveX, Windows NT and Windows are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. Other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.
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