07 September 2006

UGS’ Solid Edge 2D Design Now Available at No Cost

FOR RELEASE Thursday, September 7, 2006

PLANO, TX - UGS Corp., a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced its Solid Edge® 2D Drafting software (a $995 value) will be available worldwide to anyone who requests the software through a new online download at www.solidedge.com/free2d. This announcement highlights a redefinition of the marketplace through the commoditization of 2D and the emphasis on the value of managed 3D modeling. There is no cost to download or license the software; optional support and automatic upgrades for the product are available for a nominal cost. 

“UGS knows how to wake up an industry,” said Ken Versprille, Ph.D., principal and PLM research director, CPDA. “Their new free 2D drafting product puts a gold stamp on drafting as a commodity. We are talking top-notch 2D drafting here; not the weak teasers the industry has seen offered free in the past. It is an impressive, bold move by a leading vendor to increase their market recognition and is sure to make others scramble in their back rooms.”

Solid Edge is the CAD component of the new UGS Velocity Series™ portfolio. Solid Edge 2D Drafting provides a production-proven set of capabilities for creating 2D documentation. It includes drawing layout, diagramming, annotation and dimensioning controls that automatically comply with drafting standards, such as ISO, ANSI, BSI, DIN, JIS and UNI. In addition, it provides intuitive wizards for robust translation to ease the transition from 2D AutoCAD® and other drafting applications.

“We can replace AutoCAD with Solid Edge 2D Drafting,” said Juergen Niesner, CAD System Manager, Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen GmbH. “Free Solid Edge 2D Drafting comes just at the right time for us. Currently, we support three systems. With Solid Edge 2D Drafting, we need only one system, which saves us time and money.”

Solid Edge 2D Drafting features an engineering sketchpad, which allows designers to sketch ideas and turn freehand sketches into accurate 2D dimension driven (variational) drawings. In the office, onsite, or on the shop floor, users can take advantage of the free and versatile 2D sketchpad. Solid Edge 2D Drafting features drag-and-drop diagramming capabilities using industry-standard symbols (blocks) to automate the creation of electrical and P&ID layouts – without the need for dedicated schematic software. Users can develop schematics, layouts and other 2D-centric deliverables, while maintaining all 2D legacy data and eliminating the need to pay for upgrades.

“This is a strategic move for UGS and establishes 2D as a true commodity in the market,” said Dave Shirk, executive vice president, Global Marketing, UGS. “Thousands of organizations still designing and documenting in 2D will benefit from this offer.  In addition, making our advanced 2D sketching capabilities available to all will allow many to take the first step to evolve to 3D with the mid-market PLM leader.”

With this announcement, organizations now have more reasons to adopt UGS’ Evolve to 3D program. Evolve to 3D is the simple four-step process for moving from 2D design to complete 3D digital mock-up with minimum disruption. Free 2D Drafting enables customers to get their job done today and complete the first step at no cost.

UGS customers who are paying for AutoCAD or other 2D drafting tools can now use free Solid Edge 2D Drafting to streamline their 2D design processes, reduce costs and take advantage of single-source support. Users can share native drawings with their suppliers, for design review or manufacture, avoiding translation requirements while ensuring data integrity. Customers can subscribe to Solid Edge’s award-winning support program and gain access to the application programming interface (API) at a nominal cost. 

UGS will provide Solid Edge 2D drafting in 10 languages, including English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Russian. For more information, visit www.solidedge.com/free2d.

About UGS Velocity Series

The UGS Velocity Series™ portfolio is a comprehensive family of modular, yet integrated solutions addressing the product lifecycle management (PLM) needs of the mid-market. Consisting of a preconfigured family of digital product design, analysis, manufacturing and data management software offerings, UGS Velocity Series leverages the industry’s best practices to provide significant breakthroughs in ease-of-use and deployment. Mid-size manufacturers can leverage the power of UGS Velocity Series to transform their process of innovation while maintaining a low total cost of ownership; and all UGS Velocity Series products are completely scalable to the full range of UGS’ industry leading, enterprise-level PLM portfolio.

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, Teamcenter, Solid Edge, Velocity Series and Transforming the process of innovation are trademarks or registered trademarks of UGS Corp. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. AutoCAD is a registered mark or trademark of Autodesk, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States. 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, partnering strategy, major design errors or security flaws and intellectual property. UGS has included a discussion of these and other pertinent risk factors in its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2006 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.

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