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Virtools and Virtuel Age International Announce Alliance

To bring users time- and cost-effective e-learning and virtual reality systems (May 02, 2005)

Virtools, the leading provider of interactive 3D authoring tools, announced today its partnership with Virtuel Age International, their new Value Added Reseller specialized in the field of intelligent e-learning.

Virtuel Age International, acknowledged as the world's leading e-learning technology developer, provides second-generation e-learning systems called Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS). Such systems dynamically adapt lessons according to learners' existing knowledge base, skill gaps, and preferred learning speed and style, for enhanced learning that is both personalized and adaptive. Using virtual reality in such systems offers a new dimension, immersing learners in an intuitive, interactive environment. This approach is highly effective for training users in assembly/disassembly and maintenance operations, especially for critical environments in industries such as medicine, aerospace, oil and nuclear energy.

Virtools Software Suite solutions are ideal for creating applications like VAI's Intelligent Tutoring Systems. With the new partnership, VAI developers will benefit from Virtools technology as an optimal means of piloting displays and peripherals needed to build immersive virtual reality environments with rich interactivity.

"Simulation-based training is the fastest growing e-learning market sector. This trend used to be reserved for Fortune 500 companies capable of shouldering the high costs of virtual reality systems and the production of virtual reality applications. Our new partnership with Virtools will enable us to create training environments while keeping development costs under control," said Claude Frasson, President and CEO of VAI.

"Virtools is very enthusiastic about having VAI as a new partner. We definitely see them taking full advantage of the Virtools Software Suite to build their innovative e-learning applications, often with immersive technology. VAI's Concave wall uses our solutions and offers a highly impressive example of the Virtools VR Pack in action. Not only does it demonstrate technological capabilities, but it's also a fantastic showroom," said Virgile Delporte, VP Sales Americas.

About Virtuel Age International
Virtuel Age International is acknowledged as the world's leading eLearning technology developer, presently the only provider of second-generation eLearning systems, called Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS).

When compared with 1st generation eLearning systems or classroom-based instruction, ITS Platform has been shown to increase learning and retention, decrease learning time and decrease course development and deployment costs (2 to 5 times less than the competition).

VAI platform includes an LMS, an LCMS, a virtual tutor, Virtual Reality, and artificial intelligence techniques, and is proven to increase learning acquisition and retention by 35% plus when compared to first-generation eLearning systems.

VAI clients and partners include companies and institutions such as The Ministry of Scientific and Technical Research, Richter Usher Vineberg, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canadian International Development Agency, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Développement Économique Canada, Institut de Tourisme et d'Hotellerie, Industrie Canada, France Telecom, Institut des Hautes Études de Tunis, HEC Montréal, STM.

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About Virtools
Virtools launched its commercial activities in 1993 with consulting and services targeting the VR sector. With the needs of this and other key markets in mind, Virtools built the company's initial software solution, Virtools Dev. As an Independent Software Vendor since Q4 1999, Virtools has become the leading provider of comprehensive software development solutions for building highly interactive 3D content.

With several thousands of users throughout the world, the Virtools Software Suite enables prototyping, development and deployment of offline and online/networked video games, along with applications in the fields of industrial simulation/virtual reality and marketing/multimedia.

Virtools is the technology of choice for industry leaders such as Procter&Gamble, PSA Peugeot Citroën, EDF, EADS, CEA, CNRS, France Telecom, Matsushita, American Department of Energy, Intel, Publicis Networks/Renault, Arte TV and L'Oral.

Virtools' VR/Simulation partners include Barco, Orad, HP, Nvidia, Intersense, Ascension Technologies and Advanced Realtime Tracking.

Virtools clients also include major game studios such as Electronic Arts, Microds, Sony Computer Entertainment, Microsoft, Warner Bros Online, Blue Fang Games and Ubisoft. Among its partners in the gaming industry Virtools counts Microsoft, Sony, Nvidia/ATI, Discreet, Alias, Newtek, Havok and NxN.

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