11 April 2005

UGS Releases Solid Edge Version 17

FOR RELEASE Monday, April 11, 2005

PLANO, Texas– UGS Corp., a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced the English version of Solid Edge® software Version 17 is being shipped to customers worldwide.  Solid Edge is UGS’ industry-leading, value-based 3D computer-aided design (CAD) system for the mainstream PLM market.  UGS plans to begin shipping Solid Edge in nine additional languages during the next six weeks.

“Solid Edge continues to transform the process of innovation by bringing best-of-breed enhancements along with customer-requested functionality to advance the design process for engineers,” said Tony Affuso, chairman, CEO and president of UGS.  “Solid Edge is focused on helping evolve 2D users to 3D to effectively address the constant increase in design complexity of new products and improve overall efficiency.”

Since its March 8, 2005 announcement, Solid Edge V17 has received positive reviews from customers and industry analysts alike.  Examples include:

  • “Mid-market companies must evolve to a highly flexible and robust 3D digital product development system in order to remain competitive.  Solid Edge Version 17 is a powerful combination of tools and processes that will enable manufacturers to make a smooth and successful transition to 3D, while showing immediate, quantifiable cost savings,” said Monica Schnitger, Sr. Vice President, Market Analysis, Daratech, Inc.  “Solid Edge demonstrates its commitment to research and development once again, adding significant value throughout the design process.”
  • “It’s a great testament to the UGS focus on customer satisfaction that all our requests for new enhancements just six months ago are now in Solid Edge version 17,” said Klaus Langer, Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation GmbH (Heidenheim, Germany)
  • “Solid Edge has been on a mission for years to get people to move from 2D to 3D.  Well, it’s official: They have it down to an art.  Their ‘Evolve to 3D’ approach blends 2D and 3D, gently leading holdouts to the future without disrupting productivity,” said Anthony  Lockwood, Editorial Director, Desktop Engineering in the March 23 Editor’sPick of the Week.

New Features Help Ease the Pain when Evolving from 2D to 3D
Solid Edge Version 17 continues to deliver on its Design with Insight vision and help customers to Evolve to 3D, by delivering many new capabilities to optimize the design of complex products in a hybrid 2D/3D environment; all under the control of the built-in insight for design management.  Solid Edge Version 17 includes:

In addition to these new features, Solid Edge continues to push the envelope in many other areas.  Also delivered with Version 17 are:

·        UGS XpresReview™ software, a new easy to use email driven solution for design review to complement the existing fully managed collaboration workflow capability of Insight and Insight Connect.

·        Improved ease of adoption through the introduction of Apprentice Mode and Feature Error Assistant.  Feature Error Assistant helps users to troubleshoot failures and warnings with meaningful descriptions and appropriate corrective action.  Apprentice Mode is a new capability that helps new users to more easily navigate the systems.

·        Solid Edge already provides excellent translation tools for Pro/ENGINEER®, Mechanical Desktop®, and AutoCAD®, as well as neutral files like IGES, STEP and DXF.  Solid Edge Version 17 adds to this extensive array by introducing a new CATIA® V4 Translator, a new batch Inventor migration tool, and a third party ME10 translator from Voyager Partner PROCIM.

The Solution

Solid Edge (www.solidedge.com) from UGS is powerful 3D CAD software that allows manufacturing companies to Design with Insight and achieve competitive advantage through cost reduction, without losing focus on top line revenues.  The exclusive Solid Edge Insight technology embeds design management capabilities directly within CAD, providing insight into design intent to the entire organization and enhancing collaboration.  Insight, complemented by Solid Edge’s superior core modeling and process workflows, greatly eases the design of increasingly complex products required to meet continually changing market demands.  The extensive Solid Edge user community is comprised of designers at thousands of companies worldwide, including Alcoa, NEC Engineering, and Volvo.  The Solid Edge Voyager Program includes 200 integrated engineering software applications and computer hardware solutions.

About UGS

UGS is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with nearly 4 million licensed seats and 42,000 clients worldwide.   Headquartered in Plano, Texas, the company promotes openness and standardization and works collaboratively with its clients in creating enterprise solutions enabling them to transform their process of innovation and thus begin to capture the value of PLM. 

Note to editors:  UGS, Solid Edge and XpresReview are trademarks or registered trademarks of UGS Corp. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries.  AutoCAD , Autodesk Inventor and Mechnaical Desktop are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., in the United States and/or other countries.  CATIA is a registered trademark or trademark of Dassault Systèmes SA.  Pro/ENGINEER is a registered trademark or trademark of Parametric Technology Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. 

The statements in this news release that are not historical statements, including statements regarding product distribution, success and capabilities 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, and intellectual property. UGS has included a discussion of these and other pertinent risk factors in its registration statement on Form S-4 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.