14 July 2004

Solid Edge Launches Virtual Studio+ with Version 16

FOR RELEASE Wednesday, July 14, 2004

NEW YORK – UGS, a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today launched Virtual Studio+, a new companion photorealistic and artistic sketch-based rendering module for Solid Edge® Version 16, its industry-leading, value-based 3D computer-aided design (CAD) system for the mainstream product lifecycle management (PLM) market.

UGS made the announcement in conjunction with its analyst/media briefing event being held July 14-15 in New York.  The briefing is the first such event UGS has held since announcing on May 27 the closing of its sale by EDS to three private equity firms and its launch of operations as an independent software company under the UGS brand.

Solid Edge Version 16 expands its capability for customers to create photorealistic images by incorporating technology from LightWork Design Ltd. (Sheffield, UK), an industry leader in rendering solutions.  The new application, Virtual Studio+, includes more material libraries, backgrounds and foregrounds, textures, scenery and light sources (ambient, point, spot, distant and sky) than ever before, delivered with a mainstream modeler. 

In addition, the new application supports LightWork’s unique sketch-based rendering for creating pencil-drawn artist renditions of CAD geometry for early stage visualization and concept reviews.  Together these applications provide an ability to better visualize concepts before they are committed to, thus easing the design of complex products by facilitating customer, supplier and departmental communications, while reducing errors and speeding time to market -- yet again improving Solid Edge customer’s ability to Design with Insight.

“The delivery of Virtual Studio+ for Solid Edge sets a new bar for photorealistic rendering capability and performance in the mainstream CAD market and enhances our competitive position in consumer products as well as other aesthetically oriented markets,” said Dan Staples, director of the Solid Edge business unit. “With its unique new sketch-based rendering capability Solid Edge delivers a full range of options for concept reviews right through to promotional materials that will appeal to all product designers regardless of industry or specialty.”

Since the introduction of Rapid Blue complex shape creation software in version 14, Solid Edge has aggressively pursued the consumer products market, successfully servicing customers such as Groupe SEB in France, Hinkley Yachts in the U.S. and Ricoh in Japan.

The new application will sell for $495 (U.S.) as an add-on to Solid Edge.  UGS will continue to deliver Virtual Studio, Solid Edge’s core rendering capability, with Solid Edge for no extra charge, offering customers a choice of solutions and prices to meet their needs.

For more information on Solid Edge Version 16, please see UGS Launches Solid Edge Version 16, June 2, 2004.

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, while increasing 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 more than 3 million licensed seats and 42,000 clients worldwide.  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.


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