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Next Generation of SolidWorks eDrawings Built with HOOPS Technology

New eDrawings v2.0 and Professional leverages HOOPS graphics, streaming and collaboration technologies (October 11, 2001)
Tech Soft America (TSA), a leading provider of component graphics technology to the CAD/CAM/CAE industry, today announced a technology licensing agreement whereby SolidWorks Corporation, a leading provider of affordable, easy-to-use 3D CAD solutions, has incorporated HOOPS technology for graphic and streaming capabilities into its recently announced eDrawings 2.0 product.

Following a thorough technical evaluation of several major streaming and visualization technologies, SolidWorks selected the HOOPS product suite to build this powerful, new version of eDrawings. Specifically, SolidWorks has incorporated the following technologies into the new release of eDrawings:

HOOPS 3D Application Framework - HOOPS/3dAF provides a flexible development tool that enables the rapid development of design, visualization and engineering applications across multiple platforms for the desktop or the Web. HOOPS/3dAF is a key technology used in the sophisticated 2D and 3D visualization, annotation, and printing functionality in eDrawings 2.0.

HOOPS Stream Toolkit HOOPS/Stream is a powerful component that helps developers create highly compressed data streams or files containing 2D, 3D and custom application data which may then be quickly transported over networks, even those with limited bandwidth. SolidWorks uses HOOPS/Stream to create highly compressed and stream-ready eDrawings files. Further, SolidWorks uses HOOPS/Stream for the rapid transmission of data, enabling true Web-based visualization of eDrawings 2.0 and SolidWorks model data.

"We chose HOOPS technology for eDrawings 2.0 after an extensive technical evaluation," said Austin OMalley, vice president of Internet Product Development for SolidWorks. "In addition to providing eDrawings 2.0 with powerful visualization technology, TSAs HOOPS/Stream helps SolidWorks set the standard for communicating design data via the Web."

Brian Harrison, a senior architect and developer of eDrawings 2.0 at SolidWorks commented, "Throughout the development of eDrawings 2.0 we have been impressed with TSAs responsiveness and focus. TSA has proven to be an excellent component partner, both in technology and overall service they provide. HOOPS technology is powerful and easy to work with and has helped us produce advanced products such as eDrawings 2.0."

"SolidWorks is a clear industry leader and we view their choice of our full HOOPS Product Suite as a significant endorsement of the power of our graphics and streaming technologies, as well as the strength of our team. Were pleased to be a key part of the success of eDrawings 2.0," added Ron Fritz, Managing Partner for TSA.

SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systèmes, develops and markets mechanical design software solutions. Founded in 1993, SolidWorks mission is to deliver the power of 3D to everybody in design and manufacturing. In 5 years of shipping product, SolidWorks has shipped more than 145,000 total seats of software consisting of over 81,000 commercial seats and more than 64,000 educational seats worldwide. SolidWorks has offices worldwide and distributes its products through a network of resellers selling in 70 countries. For the latest news, information, or a live online demonstration, visit the companys Web site ( or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).

Tech Soft America (TSA) provides premier customer driven development tools, consulting and support services enabling its partners to rapidly deliver world-class technical software. TSA develops the HOOPS 3D Application Framework, HOOPS Stream Toolkit and HOOPS Net Server, all components designed to dramatically simplify the design, development and maintenance of high-performance, interactive 2D and 3D applications built for PCs, UNIX workstations, Linux and the Web.

HOOPS technology has been incorporated into over 100 commercial software applications, from such leaders as Fluent, Tecoplan, Mechanical Dynamics, SPSS, and Minitab.

The company maintains corporate headquarters in Oakland, California and can be reached at

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