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Bentley Announces AutoCAD Open It UpGrade

V8 for $888 Offer Available in North America Through December 31, 2001 (October 29, 2001)
Bentley Systems, Incorporated today announced a "V8 for $888" AutoCAD "Open it UpGrade" program for AutoCAD users under deadline to either upgrade from AutoCAD R14 by January 2002 or pay full price for a new release later.

MicroStation V8 is the first release of Bentley's V8 Generation, a new era of integrated engineering content creation, management and publishing across the boundaries of file formats, project teams and time zones.

In North America, beginning November 1, 2001 and through December 31, 2001 AutoCAD users, with a valid proof of purchase for AutoCAD R14 and higher, can upgrade to MicroStation V8 for $888 (USD) and a one-year Bentley SELECT contract.

"This competitive upgrade program is unique in that Bentley has never before so directly targeted AutoCAD users," said Malcolm Walter, Chief Operating Officer, Bentley Systems, Incorporated. "But then again, never before have we had a product that makes upgrading so compelling. For the first time, a single engineering design platform, MicroStation V8, can be used to edit and reference both DWG and DGN files."

Bentley SELECT is a service and technology subscription program designed to streamline the support and delivery of Bentley products. Bentley SELECT offers incremental product upgrades, technical support, SELECTservices Online, and SELECT(TM) Subscription Licensing.

Users who migrate AutoCAD licenses to MicroStation under this program will be eligible for an extended term of SELECT coverage as well as free access to Bentley's comprehensive portfolio of discipline-specific engineering configurations. Current Bentley SELECT subscribers will receive 18 months of full SELECT coverage for the price of 12 months on upgraded licenses.

New Bentley SELECT subscribers will receive 15 months of full SELECT coverage for the price of 12 months.


-- Native DGN and DWG referencing and editing eliminates the need to translate files. Removing file translation from hybrid project workflow saves valuable project time and decreases the chance of content getting lost in the process.

-- Design History is stored directly and automatically in the DGN file. Users can see who did what when, and rollback to previous versions of part or all of a design.

-- Integrated development tools including Visual Basic for Applications, providing a rich environment for users and third parties to build custom applications.

-- MicroStation V8 recognizes all AutoCAD standards including units and libraries.

For more information about the AutoCAD Open It Upgrade Program, visit or call 1-800-BENTLEY or a local Bentley reseller.

MicroStation V8 is available for immediate web download or on a MySELECT CD to Bentley SELECT subscribers at MicroStation V8 is priced at $4,450 US for Bentley SELECT Certificate licenses. (All prices USD MSRP, actual pricing may vary).

Bentley Systems, Incorporated provides a comprehensive portfolio of solutions and professional services to the leading infrastructure engineering organizations around the world, including the majority of the ENR Top 500 Design Firms.

Since 1984, architects, engineers, builders and owner/operators have relied on these focused industry solutions that build upon Bentley MicroStation to help them effectively create, manage and publish engineering content critical to the profitable construction and management of infrastructure and facility assets.

One of the largest software companies in the world, Bentley's reach spans the globe, serving more than 300,000 professionals and more than 20,000 companies and organizations. For more information, call Bentley at (610) 458-5000, or visit

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