31 May 2006

UGS Delivers Parasolid Version 18.0, the Latest Release of its Industry-Leading Geometric Modeling Software

FOR RELEASE Wednesday, May 31, 2006

PLANO, Texas – UGS Corp., a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced the availability of Parasolid® version 18.0 (V18.0) software, the latest release of its PLM industry-leading geometric modeling component software.
Parasolid V18.0 includes new capabilities that enhance the level of user control over 3D model construction, editing and interrogation, as well as numerous improvements in application support functions.  This latest release also consolidates Parasolid’s support for advanced Microsoft® technologies, including Visual Studio® 2005 and .NET.

“Parasolid’s latest release underlines the world-class versatility required to be a true foundation for precise 3D representation across multiple application domains,” said Bruce Feldt, vice president of Open Tools for UGS.  “Outstandingly successful in CAD, CAM, CAE and visualization applications, Parasolid is increasingly applied in supporting areas of the product lifecycle to create a consistent backbone of authoritative, precise model data that can be leveraged for the particular task in hand.”

Parasolid V18.0 includes extensions that enhance ease-of-use in key operations, benefiting both developers and end-users of Parasolid-based systems:

  • Finer user control in local editing with extensions to thickening, tapering and embossing operators
  • Enhanced blending and filleting in tightly-curved regions through automated re-ordering and repair, plus new ease-of-use controls for limiting and capping
  • Graphical enhancements including new options for localized behavior in hidden line rendering and non-destructive sectioning
  • Extended application support with improvements in data tracking, rollback efficiency and partition management
  • Consolidated support for Microsoft technologies, including an upgraded Pentium® 4/SSE2 build of Parasolid for 32-bit Windows® that uses Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 compilers to deliver significant improvements in both footprint and performance

Parasolid Bodyshop
Also announced today is Version 9.0 of Parasolid Bodyshop, a Parasolid-based toolkit that repairs, optimizes and validates data imported into Parasolid to maximize the success of downstream modeling operations. This release features significant performance improvements in both data cleaning and error recovery, supplemented by enhanced post-processing of B-spline geometry and new platform support for 32-bit MAC OS® X and VC8 Windows.

About Parasolid
Parasolid, a key software product in UGS’ PLM Components suite of solutions, provides the geometric modeling foundation for many of the world’s leading computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering analysis (CAD/CAM/CAE) applications. UGS develops Parasolid, uses it throughout its product development applications and licenses it to independent software vendors (ISVs) and end-user organizations on a “level playing field” policy designed to ensure all licensees have equal access to Parasolid updates and enhancements.

About UGS
UGS is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with nearly 4 million licensed seats and 46,000 customers worldwide.  Headquartered in Plano, Texas, UGS’ vision is to enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through global innovation networks to deliver world-class products and services while leveraging UGS’ open enterprise solutions, fulfilling the mission of enabling them to transform their process of innovation. 

Note:  UGS, Transforming the process of innovation and Parasolid are trademarks or registered trademark of UGS Corp. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries.  Pentium is a trademark or registered mark of Intel Corp. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries.  Microsoft, Windows and Visual Studio are trademarks or registered marks of Microsoft Corporation.   Mac OS is a trademark or registered mark of Apple Computer, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries.  All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.

The statements in this news release that are not historical statements, including statements regarding expected benefits of the product, adoption by customers, continued innovation and other statements identified by forward looking terms such as "may," "will," "expect," "plan," "anticipate" or "project," are forward-looking statements. These statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements, including, among others, risks relating to developments in the PLM industry, competition, failure to innovate and intellectual property. UGS has included a discussion of these and other pertinent risk factors in its annual report on Form 10-K most recently filed with the SEC.  UGS disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.