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11 December 2007

Punch! Software Licenses D-Cubed 2D DCM From Siemens PLM Software

PLANO, Texas, December 13, 2007 – Siemens PLM Software, a division of Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D) and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, and Punch! Software, LLC of Kansas City, Mo., a leading provider of 3D design software, today announced that the D Cubed™ 2D Dimensional Constraint Manager (2D DCM) parametric sketching engine has been licensed for use in Punch! Software’s Shark and Shark FX CAD applications for mechanical and architectural design.

The 2D DCM, a key geometric software technology from Siemens PLM Software’s PLM Components portfolio, is used in most of the world’s successful CAD applications. It is licensed by software vendors seeking to improve the productivity of their customers and the market appeal of their applications using the leading parametric sketching engine.

Shark and Shark FX are the evolution of Punch! Software’s Concepts Unlimited CAD system. The most significant advance is the introduction of the new parametric constraint system based on the D-Cubed 2D DCM. Shark and Shark FX are available on both Windows and Mac OS X platforms.

“With its proven capability and value, the 2D DCM is a must have technology for Shark and Shark FX,” said Paul Bay, CEO of Punch! Software. “We have been delighted with how simple and cost-effective it has been to license and integrate this compelling solution from Siemens PLM Software.”

“We are very pleased that Punch! Software has selected our market-leading 2D DCM constraint technology to extend their product suite,” said Bruce Feldt, vice president of Open Tools for Siemens PLM Software. “This new relationship will benefit a substantial community of CAD users, and underlines the continued success of Siemens PLM Software’s open business model in providing world-class component technology to the most innovative application vendors.”

About Punch! Software

Punch! Software was founded in 1998 with the premise that 3D design software should be as fun to use as it is productive. With more than 2 million units of its Mac and Windows products sold via retail stores and the Internet across the world, Punch! Software has consistently been the best-selling home and landscape design retail software brand in the U.S. for the last 7 years. The company excels in providing highly productive, but very affordable, software that appeals to 3D design hobbyist and professional users.

Products developed and marketed by Punch! Software include: ViaCAD 2D™, ViaCAD 2D/3D™, ViaCAD Pro™, Shark™, Shark FX™, Professional Home Design Suite®, Home Design Studio™, Home Design Architectural Series™, Master Landscape & Home Design®, and Interior Design Suite™. Punch! Software is based in Kansas City, MO. More information on Punch! Software can be found at www.punchcad.com and www.punchsoftware.com.

About PLM Components; Parasolid and D-Cubed

PLM Components are software tools that can help increase the profitability of software applications in the CAD, CAM, CAE and PLM marketplace by raising their value and lowering their costs. This is achieved by supporting innovation and interoperability with standard tools that ensure quality and reduce time to market. Siemens PLM Software develops these components, uses them throughout its own applications and licenses them to independent software vendors and end-user organizations. Flexible licensing arrangements and a simple, proven integration process enable any organization, large or small, to bring innovative capabilities to their applications quickly and economically. Part of the PLM Components family of products, the Parasolid and D-Cubed components provide 3D part and assembly modeling, editing and interoperability, 2D/3D parametric sketching, motion simulation, collision detection, clearance measurement and visualization. Applications include mechanical CAD, CAM, CAE, mold design, sheet metal, AEC, GIS, structural, plant and ship design, CMM, reverse engineering and sales configuration. For more information, please visit http://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/en_us/products/open/.

About Siemens PLM Software

Siemens PLM Software, a division of Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D), is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with 4.6 million licensed seats and 51,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software’s open enterprise solutions enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through global innovation networks to deliver world-class products and services. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/plm.

About Siemens Automation and Drives

The Siemens Automation and Drives Group (A&D), Nuremberg, Germany, is the leading manufacturer in this field worldwide. Products supplied by A&D include standard products for the manufacturing and process industries and for the electrical installation industry as well as system solutions, for example for machine tools, and solutions for whole industries such as the automation of entire automobile factories or chemical plants. Supplementing this range of products and services, A&D also offers software for linking production and management (horizontal and vertical IT integration) and for optimizing production processes. A&D employs 70,600 people worldwide and in fiscal year 2006 (to September 30) earned a group profit of €1.572 billion on sales of €12.848 billion and orders of €14.108 billion, according to U.S. GAAP. Further information about A&D is available in the Internet at www.siemens.com/automation.


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