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SolidWorks eDrawings Now for Mac OS X ?Tiger

First 3D design-sharing tool to link Mac and Windows operating systems (June 06, 2005)

SolidWorks Corporation today announced it has extended its eDrawings software which allows users to review and comment on 3D models via e-mail to include support for Apple Mac OS X version 10.4 ?Tiger. eDrawings for Mac solidifies eDrawings as the global standard for design communication for everyone in product development, including product engineers, graphics artists, marketing professionals, and sales managers.

?eDrawings is connecting work groups that previously communicated via disparate technologies, said Austin OMalley, vice president, product development at SolidWorks. ?At almost every turn, someone had to re-create a design, introducing the risk of costly errors and tacking more time onto the development cycle. eDrawings for Mac OS X is the latest example of SolidWorks continued commitment to make design communication and collaboration easy for everyone, regardless of the operating system or CAD platform they use.

?Mac OS Xs legendary power and stability, combined with hundreds of innovative new features like Spotlight and OpenGL support, make Tiger an outstanding 2D and 3D graphics platform for design professionals, said Ron Okamoto, Apples vice president of worldwide developer relations. ?Were excited to see eDrawings harness many of the advanced capabilities in Tiger to improve collaboration and help bring better products to market more quickly.

Hundreds of thousands of engineers around the world rely on eDrawings software to share 3D models with team members, customers, and partners. It operates on popular CAD software platforms, including SolidWorks, AutoCAD, CATIA, Autodesk Inventor, Pro/ENGINEER, Solid Edge, and Unigraphics/ NX. Mac users can also read native DWG and DXF files using eDrawings software. eDrawings for Mac OS X bridges the communication gap between product design teams and graphic teams who are using the Mac to create conceptual designs, marketing materials, product instructions, and other collateral. It eliminates the potential errors and reduces the time graphic designers spend re-creating images from scratch because the designs were completed on a different operating system.

eDrawings for Mac OS X will help companies like Litelab Corp., a specialty lighting manufacturer, accelerate time to market by giving graphics teams 3D models of products to develop effective sales tools. ?If were giving a sales presentation to a large museum, we need to provide a blend of crisp images and compelling text, said Kyle Pazian, Litelabs product manager and graphics manager. ?But the graphics team typically faces a daunting task to produce effective presentations under fast deadlines because it has to re-hash some of the same work the product team already completed using a different operating system. This Tiger version of eDrawings will ensure that everyone is on the same page, so that we can develop vital graphics more quickly and efficiently, and hopefully close the deal.

eDrawings for Mac OS X is free to users who want to generate design files that recipients can rotate and view from any angle with the eDrawings Viewer. Engineers can download eDrawings for Mac from the SolidWorks Web site,

Pricing and availability
The eDrawings for Mac OS X Viewer is free. A license of eDrawings Professional for Mac OS X can be purchased for $995 USD. The product is immediately available.

About SolidWorks Corporation
SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systèmes S.A. (Nasdaq: DASTY, Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) company, develops and markets software for mechanical design, analysis, and product data management. It is the #1 supplier of 3D mechanical design software for the mainstream market. SolidWorks leads the market in number of users in production, customer satisfaction, and revenue.

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).


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