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Ashlar-Vellum CAD & 3D Modeling News 2005

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Wins Copy Infringement Case against Disaro Benelux, BV

October 20, 2005, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announced today their latest intellectual property victory in the Court of Arnhem, the Netherlands. In the decision, all relevant claims by Ashlar-Vellum against Disaro Benelux, BV, formerly Vellum Benelux, BV, were sustained.

The court determined that not only did Disaro infringe upon the trademark rights of Ashlar, Incorporated, but also the copyrights on the software. Disaro has been ordered to pay court costs and damages to be determined in further proceedings.

Commented Robert Bou, president of Ashlar-Vellum, “We are extremely pleased with this victory. This has global ramifications for our court cases pending in Germany and Japan. A victory in one country carries certain weight when it is submitted as evidence in another country.”

Ashlar-Vellum continues to pursue the intellectual property rights to their trade names, logo and software around the world.

About Ashlar Incorporated

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Releases Graphite™ v7.6 Service Pack 2

September 21, 2005, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum today announced the availability of Service Pack 2 for Graphite v7.6. This free service pack rolls together several minor issues with v7.4 that have previously been hot-fixed, plus the translation of Graphite into Japanese using the ShiftJIS character set. The service pack includes a new, user-friendly download process for Mac OS X.

The service pack is free for the download to all current users of Graphite v7.X, including those who have a courtesy license through their Cobalt and Xenon v6 and v7 licenses. A CD-ROM may also be ordered for US $8.25, plus shipping and handling.

To download the free service pack or to purchase the CD, go to: http://www.ashlar.com/products/cad-and-3d-modeling-software-uprgades.html

For those customers under the Ashlar Service Advantage Program (ASAP) maintenance contract for physical materials, the CDs will be mailed free of charge.

About Ashlar Incorporated

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Releases Cobalt™, Xenon™ & Argon™ Version 7

August 25, 2005, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announced today the release of version 7 of Cobalt, Xenon and Argon, their hybrid 3D solid and surface modeling software for Macintosh and Windows.

Says Robert Bou, president of Ashlar-Vellum, “Version 7 provides significant improvements over version 6 in both stability and speed. It just simply works better. We’ve also added a few interface enhancements that people will be delighted with. Customers upgrading to the new release will be pleased.”

In addition to a seriously reworked infrastructure, v7 also includes the updated ACIS 12 modeling kernel and Lightworks 7.4 rendering engine. Improved translators for IGES, STEP, CATIA and Rhino are incorporated, along with improvements to the Design Explorer Feature Tree. Support for 3dconnexion’s motion controllers has also been added for Windows users.

“We’ve listened to our customers who have told us over and over, “Make it rock solid,”” stated Greg Morgan, product manager. “That’s exactly what we’ve done.”

About Ashlar Incorporated

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Wins Second Trademark Suit against POSH, GmbH

June 29, 2005, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announced today their latest intellectual property victory in Federal Court, Munich, Germany. In the decision, POSH GmbH, formerly Vellum, GmbH, was ordered to pay damages, and to turn over all customer and contact records in order to assess the amount of these damages, for the unlawful use of the Ashlar bricks logo.

Commented Robert Bou, president of Ashlar-Vellum, “This is tremendous victory. It will allow us to open a dialogue with and start serving all of those customers who unfortunately believed that they were buying products officially sanctioned by Ashlar-Vellum in the United States.”

Ashlar-Vellum has previously settled the Vellum trademark suit against POSH, GmbH, whereby POSH agreed to stop using the name Vellum.

Ashlar-Vellum continues to pursue the intellectual property rights to their trade names, logo and software around the world. Next they intend to file a lawsuit in the Munich courts over the sale of Draftboard software, which Ashlar alleges is a direct derivative of their Vellum software and is being sold by POSH without a license.

About Ashlar Incorporated

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum Names Christopher Griffin as Vice President of Software Development

June 28, 2005, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum, the industry leader for innovative computer-aided drafting and 3D modeling software, today announced the addition of Christopher Griffin as Vice President of Software Development. With over 20 years of software and systems development experience, Griffin will lead the development team as they continue to introduce new ways of making Ashlar-Vellum products “software that works the way you think.”™

Ashlar-Vellum’s president, Robert Bou, commented, “Christopher brings not only world-class programming skills, but also management experience that will allow us to grow to the next level as an organization as we expand our operations on a global basis. We’re pleased to have him as a member of our team.”

As Vice President of Software Development at Ashlar-Vellum, Griffin is responsible for improving core functionality and features for all future Ashlar-Vellum products, including the 3D solid and surface modeling programs, Cobalt™, Xenon™, Argon™, and the 2D/3D precision drafting program, Graphite™. In addition to their U.S. development team, Griffin is also responsible to oversee the development effort in Ashlar-Vellum’s office in Kiev, Ukraine.

Says Griffin, “My goal at Ashlar-Vellum is to build a world-class development team that will benefit our customers with innovative products and services.”

Griffin previously architected, designed and implemented various human interface devices for Ashlar products. He has many years of experience leading top-performing teams in telecommunications, general research and development, and semiconductors. Prior to joining Ashlar-Vellum, Griffin worked for, among others, National Semiconductor, Tivoli Systems, and the Federal Aviation Administration.

About Ashlar Incorporated

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum Graphite Plug-in Available for Spotlight on Mac OS X Tiger

May 3, 2005, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum today announced the release of a Graphite plug-in for Spotlight concurrent with Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger on April 29th, 2005. This stand-alone plug-in allows Tiger’s Spotlight feature to instantly index Graphite files and extract metadata information.

Tiger’s Spotlight, combined with Graphite’s acclaimed Vellum® interface, offers an unparalleled level of ease-of-use in the computer-aided design world. Robert Bou, President of Ashlar-Vellum says, “We’re proud to be the first CAD company to release a plug-in for Apple’s new Spotlight technology, enabling ‘deep-search’ capabilities within our files. For 15 years Ashlar-Vellum and Apple have shared a similar philosophy, striving to enhance the bond between users and their creativity through the near-transparent use of technology.”

“The Spotlight feature in Tiger lets a user instantly find anything anywhere on their Mac and that will change the way people use their computers,” said Ron Okamoto, Apple’s Vice President of Worldwide Developer Relations. “The Graphite Spotlight plug-in makes excellent use of Tiger innovation to quickly index files and improve workflow.”

According to Apple, OS X Tiger’s Spotlight feature blazes through files and applications, offering results as soon as the first letter is typed. The Graphite plug-in allows Spotlight to index the content of Graphite files transparently from inside, not just the file name. It extracts all the text in a Graphite file and places it in a block of searchable text, speeding file location.

About Ashlar Incorporated

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

Ashlar-Vellum technology behind SpaceShipOne aircraft design

January 18, 2005, Austin, TX. Austin-based software developer confirms their technology’s significant role in the design of SpaceShipOne. Ashlar-Vellum congratulates Burt Rutan and his team at Scaled Composites on their second successful private manned flight into space on October 4, 2004 and ultimately winning the Ansari-X Prize of ten million dollars.

ORIDJINoffice™ system, a standout design concept at Macworld Expo 2005

January 18, 2005, Austin TX. After seeing the ORIDJINoffice™ system at the 2005 Macworld Expo, MacCentral writer Phillip Michaels said “I’m not sure words can do justice to the OridjinOffice from DesignJourney Industrial. So I’ll simply say that it may have been the coolest thing I saw all week-long at Expo. And I’m including the Mac mini and the iPod shuffle in that assessment...never under-estimate the impact a well-designed workspace can have on your productivity and happiness.”

The creator of the OridjinOffice system, Michael Golino of DesignJourney Industrial, was looking for a way to change contemporary workspaces. “ORIDJINoffice is a fresh approach and fundamental re-thinking of partition-based office systems. ORIDJINoffice began with basic questions: What should an office be? How should it function? What are the qualities that will make workers successful and still be pleasing? As we thought about the state of office environments we noticed that since the middle of the 20th century offices haven’t changed very much.”

Inspired to create a new working environment, Mr. Golino needed the right design tools to help him communicate his vision. He turned to Ashlar-Vellum’s Xenon to not only conceptualize but also fabricate the ORIDJINoffice system. “Xenon is so easy, I completed the project during the demo period. I downloaded Xenon just to evaluate which CAD package to buy, and ended up completing all my design and presentation work in two weeks.” The ORIDJINoffice system is “an extendible system that allows for an almost limitless number of floor plan arrangements. From traditional grids to clusters to random arrangements, ORIDJINoffice allows users to easily reconfigure an entire office in minutes and hours (not days) WITHOUT the need to hire specialized installers. Because every ORIDJIN-office is modular and on wheels, any individual can simply unlock the wheels, close the wings and easily push the entire unit to another location.”

About Ashlar Incorporated

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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