Presentation Software transforms SolidWorks® 3D data.

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DirectConnect for SolidWorks® allows Alias ImageStudio(TM) software to convert SolidWorks 3D data into high-quality, photo-realistic images for design evaluation, presentation, and promotion. Designer can create finished, realistic rendered images within hours of installing ImageStudio. Software includes library of materials and rendering environments plus visualization features.

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Alias Announces DirectConnect for SolidWorks and Alias ImageStudio

Designers Able To Rapidly Create Realistic Presentations from SolidWorks 3D data

VästerÃ¥s, Sweden - May 17, 2005 - Alias® today announced its DirectConnect for SolidWorks® software release during the SolidWorks World Northern Europe event. Alias DirectConnect for SolidWorks allows Alias ImageStudio(TM) software to rapidly transform SolidWorks 3D data into high-quality, photo-realistic images for design evaluation, presentation, and promotion.

Alias ImageStudio is an easy-to-use, cost-effective software tool for creating professional quality, rendered images from 3D data. A designer can create finished, realistic rendered images within hours of installing ImageStudio, and can take immediate advantage of the extensive library of materials and rendering environments delivered with the software. The Alias ImageStudio visualization features complement the capabilities of SolidWorks for designers with more demanding aesthetic communication requirements.

Alias DirectConnect for SolidWorks enables Alias ImageStudio to directly import 3D models in the SolidWorks native file format. The tight integration of the DirectConnect technology provides a convenient and "loss-less" data flow between SolidWorks and ImageStudio.

"Compatibility with leading 3D CAD systems is a key part of our commitment to our users who constantly strive for better design and increased productivity. The design process simply does not have room for data exchange issues," commented Bob Bennett, general manager of product management at Alias. "We have partnered with SolidWorks for the last 12 months to ensure that compatibility of data using DirectConnect for SolidWorks is robust, consistent and user-friendly."

"Our policy has always been to make high-quality 3D solid modeling tools available at affordable costs," said Brian Houle, manager, Solution Partner Program at SolidWorks. "Alias ImageStudio is available at a price point that makes photo-realistic rendering and presentations a possibility for everyone. We are pleased that this data integration has occurred between the two companies."

Alias DirectConnect for ImageStudio will be available June 15, 2005, and is included at no charge with Alias ImageStudio. Information and free trial software can be found at or visit Alias at SolidWorks Europe, booth number 20.

About Alias

As the world's leading innovator of 3D graphics technology, Alias develops award-winning software, custom development and training solutions for the automotive, industrial design and visualization markets and film and video, games, web, interactive media and education markets. Alias also offers a powerful range of services for new to advanced users in the most demanding environments. Learning Tools and training, support, and professional services help meet rigorous production deadlines.

The company's design customers include AT&T, BMW, Boeing, Fiat, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Italdesign, Kodak, Kwikset, Mattel, Price Pfister, Renault, Rollerblade, Sharp, Trek Bicycle, Teague and Timex.

Please visit the Alias website at or call 1-800-447-2542 in North America. International contact numbers include: Northern Europe, Middle East and Africa, +44 (0) 1494 441273; Germany, East & Southeast Europe, 0049 89 31 70 20; Italy, 39 039 6340011, France, Spain and Portugal, +33 1 44 92 81 60; Japan and other parts of Asia Pacific, 81 3 5797 3500 and Latin America, 770 393 1881.

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