Software reads and writes Pro/ENGINEER® Wildfire files.

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Granite(TM) Release 2.0 facilitates interoperability among more than 40 Granite-based CAD/CAM/CAE applications, which have direct, native, and associative access to Pro/ENGINEER® files without need for intermediate file conversions. It facilitates creation and exchange of feature-based solid models using Pro/ENGINEER algorithms and associativity mechanisms. Granite 2.0 supports UNIX platform, ACIS and Parasolid kernels, and interoperability of metadata.



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PTC Continues to Add New Granite Partners, Enhancements, and Developer Resources; New Release of Granite Kernel Provides Partners with Enhanced Capabilities; New Tools from Partners Provide Improved Development Experience



NEEDHAM, Mass., March 17, 2003 - PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC), the product development company, today announced that it is shipping the newest version of its Granite interoperability software development platform. In addition, new developer tools from Tech Soft America and Simmetrix, Inc. provide supplementary resources for Granite licensees. (See related announcements.) Granite facilitates interoperability among more than 40 Granite-based CAD/CAM/CAE applications, including PTC's own products. These applications have direct, native, and associative access to the millions of Pro/ENGINEER® files in existence without the need for intermediate file conversions. In addition, Granite release 2.0 reads and writes Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire files, as well as earlier versions of Pro/ENGINEER, natively. Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire is the new, breakthrough, award-winning version of Pro/ENGINEER, PTC's market leading product design software.

Granite facilitates the creation and exchange of feature-based solid models using the same industrial strength algorithms and powerful associativity mechanisms at the heart of Pro/ENGINEER. Pro/ENGINEER has long been recognized for its proficiency at modeling complex geometry. Independent software vendors incorporate the Granite platform into their own products and immediately have automatic native file access to the geometry of all other Granite-based applications. This simplifies a product development organization's task of deploying a heterogeneous CAD environment, while enhancing its engineers' abilities to design concurrently in a global enterprise.

The new version of Granite provides a number of enhancements targeted to the professional developers who are using Granite to create new applications as well as to the developers who are focused on linking existing applications to the PTC ecosystem. Granite release 2.0 incorporates improved utilities to facilitate better assembly interoperability, enhancements to translation utilities and modeling capabilities, a new mechanism to support interoperability of metadata (i.e. designer name, density, layers, etc.), UNIX platform support, and support for the ACIS and Parasolid kernels.

"Since the initial release of Granite, PTC has succeeded at licensing this technology across a diverse range of software applications," said Bill Berutti, PTC senior vice president, strategy and product marketing. "Granite licensees have released products that facilitate offline robotic programming, computational fluid dynamics, and reverse engineering, as well as ergonomic, conceptual and industrial design, machining applications, and other simulation and analysis applications. Our end user customers have access to an increasingly wide variety of highly interoperable third party applications."

Also announced today are development tools, built and released on Granite release 2.0, from Tech Soft America and Simmetrix Inc. Tech Soft America's HOOPS for Granite Graphics Engine reduces development costs and time to market for the implementation of graphics, streaming, and real-time collaboration in Granite-based applications. A new technology vendor relationship with Simmetrix supports the creation of new simulation applications. The Granite-based Simmetrix component will be an application programming interface (API), that developers will use to read Granite files into the Simmetrix GeomSim application and then load them into their own CAE environment.

"The addition of Granite to our Simulation Modeling Suite provides our customers with access to design geometry for simulation for the vast majority of 3D designs created today," said Joe Walsh, vice president, Business Development of Simmetrix. "The combination of the simulation modeling capabilities of the Simulation Modeling Suite and the geometry access provided through Granite will provide our customers with unprecedented capabilities to rapidly develop simulation applications integrated within a simulation-based design paradigm."

About PTC
PTC develops, markets, and supports software solutions that help manufacturers win with superior products. PTC is the world's largest software company with a total commitment to product development. The company services more than 35,000 customers worldwide. Further information on PTC is available at www.ptc.com or call 1-888-782-3776, ext. 901.

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