SmartDraw Honored as Codie Award Finalist

SAN DIEGO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 08-01-2004 --, the Internet's #1 provider of business graphics software, announced today that its flagship product, SmartDraw, was named as a finalist in the 19th Annual Codie Awards. SmartDraw has been honored as a top-five finalist for "Best Business Productivity Software or Service," as judged by leading technology journalists and experts.

SmartDraw is the Internet's leading business diagramming software. Featuring more than 50,000 symbols, images and templates, as well as easy "drag-and drop" drawing, SmartDraw helps business users draw anything easily.

"We're delighted that SmartDraw has earned its place as a Codie finalist," said Paul Stannard, CEO. "We designed SmartDraw to help the average business user grow more productive in their workplace, so we can't think of a more suitable way to be honored."

The Codie Awards, organized by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), showcase the software and digital content industry's finest products and services. During the nomination period more than 800 entries were submitted, marking a record high for the program. The Codie Awards program is the only peer recognition program in the software and information industry, providing a unique opportunity for companies to compete for the praise of their competitors.

The 2004 Codie Awards will be presented at a black-tie gala on Tuesday, May 18 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, CA.

Full information about the 2004 Codie Awards Program is available at: About SIIA

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to more than 600 leading software and information companies. For further information, visit

About, the Internet's #1 provider of business graphics software, draws more than 2 million visitors each month, putting it in the top 0.1% of most visited websites on the Internet. Founded in 1994, and recognized by Inc Magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in America, offers three products to boost business productivity: the flagship SmartDraw program for creating business diagrams; SmartDraw Photo for managing digital images; and VisualScript XML for visually developing XML. Privately held by its founders and employees, with no debt and no outside funding, continues to enjoy a rocketing annual growth rate and a profitable bottom line. For more information, please visit

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