Document Handling Software views drawings and 3D model sets.

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Brava! Webkit V 3.1 includes cache managed memory component that uses caching to eliminate redundant processing and reduce server work. Brava! software provides drawing and document viewing, redlining, printing, and design change management functions. It can import 3D view sets created in company's Myriad 5.2 viewer software and in CAD packages such as Pro/E, CATIA, SolidWorks, SolidEdge, Inventor, or IGES.

Original Press Release:

New Version Delivers Optimized Handling of Documents, Drawings and 3D Model View Sets

PHOENIX, Arizona - December 5, 2001 - Informative Graphics Corporation (IGC), a leader in Web documents and collaboration technology, announced the next release of its market leading Web application development software, Brava! WebKit Version 3.1. Brava! WebKit is used by more than 50 of the world's leading commercial architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) project portals to give customers and their users drawing and document viewing, redlining, printing and design change management functions.

Brava! WebKit 3.1 now includes Cache, a managed memory component that facilitates faster delivery of multiple document types and strengthens the company's established position as an enterprise-class document server architecture provider.

"Clearly, server architectures that process a high number of identical tasks for a single document don't scale very well, " said Gary Heath, IGC CEO. "Our engineering efforts are focused on reducing the amount of work the server has to do by eliminating redundant processing through caching. Informative Graphics has developed a super-scalable server architecture that can handle more users without having to add more servers. This results in optimal performance at a lower cost of ownership."

Brava! WebKit 3.1's Cache module is designed to work with Brava!'s Publisher component. Publisher processes and optimizes CAD drawings, as well as office documents such as Word and Excel files, for delivery to a browser. With the addition of Cache, commonly viewed documents do not need to be processed through Publisher each time they are viewed. By minimizing the number of times a document file is processed, significant efficiency and scalability is achieved. This is in contrast to competing products, which scale by adding more costly software and hardware servers.

Brava! WebKit Cache permits users to designate a managed cache in any physical location on the network for optimized access, as well as control caching policies. Combined with Publisher, cached document management translates to increased server-side and network response time when serving pre-processed document files to the browser. Cache also features an API interface for easy integration into existing EDM/PDM vaults.

In addition to documents and drawings, Brava! Webkit can import 3D view sets created in IGC's MYRIAD 5.2 viewer software. A view set is a collection of CAD model assembly images from design packages like Pro/E, CATIA, SolidWorks, SolidEdge, Inventor or IGES. Views can be captured for specific points of discussion, including model cut-aways, cross sections, interactive models or parts, and standard views (top, isometric, right, etc.). Brava! WebKit 3.1 displays 3D view sets for on-line redline collaboration between designers, vendors, suppliers and customers. Designers can discuss changes to their CAD designs without having to distribute their native model files. Using view sets In Brava! WebKit 3.1 eliminates user interface complexity, transfer of large model files, server-side processing, and reduces bandwidth requirements for extranet-based collaboration of 3D model data.

"Non-power users who have limited network access and desktop processing capabilities, but who also participate in design, build and support processes can now have access to 3D views of critical components very easily", adds Mr. Heath. "Brava! WebKit's proven, enterprise-class scalability and stability make it an ideal distribution engine for downstream visualization and collaboration scenarios.

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