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Ashlar-Vellum CAD & 3D Modeling News 2008

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Releases Cobalt™, Xenon™ & Argon™ version 8 Service Pack 1

December 9, 2008, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announced today the release of Service Pack 1 for Cobalt, Xenon and Argon version 8, their trio of products for 3D modeling.

Ashlar-Vellum President, Robert Bou, commented, “This Service Pack delivers significant performance advantages for our MAC customers and has hundreds of small enhancements that will benefit every user.”

The highlights of v8 SP1 include:

  • Optimizations for the Intel Mac with a performance increase of 3X on zoom, pan and selection functions, and 2X for file loading under Leopard.
  • Lightworks support for multicore now on Mac.
  • Materials and colors designated per face.
  • Document thumbnails for Finder and Windows Explorer.
  • Hundreds of user requested enhancements and bug fixes.

This free update is available to all those on Cobalt, Xenon and Argon v8. Upgrades are available from previous versions, with prices varying according to the age of the software.

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™ V8 SP 1 Named Staff Pick by Apple

October 27, 2008, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum Graphite v8 SP1 was named last week as a Staff Pick by Apple Computer. The 2D/3D wireframe computer-aided drafting software is a Top Download in both the All Downloads and Imaging & 3D categories on the Apple website at www.apple.com/downloads.

The highlights of Graphite v8 SP1 include:

  • Improved DWG/DXF translation including import of AutoCAD layouts with their views into Graphite sheets.
  • Improved PDF smart-data export.
  • Optimizations for the Intel Mac with a performance increase of 3X on zoom, pan and selection functions, and 2X for file loading under Leopard.
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™ version 8 Service Pack 1

September 15, 2008, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announced today the release of Service Pack 1 for Graphite version 8, their software for 2D/3D wireframe computer aided drafting.

Ashlar-Vellum President, Robert Bou, commented, “This Service Pack delivers significantly upgraded AutoCAD interoperability along with further improvements to our PDF export. This one-two punch further enables seamless and continuous cross team communications, a key component of Ashlar-Vellum’s Organic Workflow™.”

The highlights of Graphite v8 SP1 include:

  • Improved DWG/DXF translation including import of AutoCAD layouts with their views into Graphite sheets.
  • Improved PDF smart-data export including support for more fonts and line weights.
  • Support for AutoCAD DWG/DXF 2008.
  • Improved printing of diagonal lines.
  • Optimizations for the Intel Mac with a performance increase of 3X on zoom, pan and selection functions, and 2X for file loading under Leopard.

This free update is available to all those on Graphite v8 including Ashlar-Vellum Cobalt and Xenon users with courtesy licenses to Graphite v8.

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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Roofing Contractor Solutions Inc to License Ashlar’s Graphite™ Custom

September 2, 2008 Austin, TX. Ashlar Incorporated announced this week an agreement with Roofing Contractor Solutions Inc. to license Ashlar-Vellum Graphite Custom software. RCSI will use Graphite Custom as the basis on which to develop a new estimating application to assist the building industry.

Bill Sullivan, CEO of RCSI, commented that, “We examined a variety of CAD platforms on which to build our software and decided that Graphite’s ease of use, flexibility and power were unmatched by any other.”

Ashlar-Vellum President, Robert Bou, had this to say, “RCSI’s needs match exactly what we have to offer: a powerful CAD package with an easy user interface that is highly customizable, allowing them to create a small foot-print application that directly addresses their customer’s needs.”

Both companies are looking forward to a long and prosperous working relationship.

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™ and Argon™ Version 8 for Mac

July 9, 2008, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announced this week the release of Cobalt, Xenon and Argon v8 on Mac OS X Leopard. The trio of products for 3D modeling within product design was previously released on the Windows XP and Vista operating systems in January.

Ashlar-Vellum President, Robert Bou, commented, “We’re very proud of our development team. Support for the Mac Intel required an entire rewrite into X-code, not simply recompiling the software. Not only did the team accomplish the transition, they advanced our software in areas that will make our customers more productive and communicative in their design work.”

The new and enhanced features within v8 support Ashlar-Vellum’s unique philosophy of Organic Workflow, introduced earlier this year. A few of the many features and enhancements include:

  • Direct, multi-sheet PDF creation with optionally embedded source and exported files
  • Updated ACIS with enhanced STEP, IGES and Catia translators
  • Batch Convert tool
  • Photo-realistic views in Model to Sheet
  • Imported bitmaps now support alpha channel
  • Real-time environment maps in the edit window
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™ Announces Organic Workflow™

April 11, 2008, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum introduced this week their new product design philosophy of Organic Workflow at the Congress of the Future of Engineering Software in Scottsdale, AZ.

Organic Workflow is what Ashlar-Vellum calls the non-linear creative process that allows designers to create outstanding products through easy design iteration, transparent tools and hands-on control of the production process.

Ashlar-Vellum President, Robert Bou, commented, “Ashlar-Vellum’s philosophy of Organic Workflow provides greater productivity in two ways. First, by enabling greater creativity through transparent tools that work as an extension of the designer without technical distractions. Second, once that creativity has gelled, Organic Workflow enables the communication of those ideas as quickly as possible to others on the team. This includes minimal button clicks and easy design iteration so that last minute changes can ripple through dozens of documents as needed.”

Software that supports Organic Workflow allows a designer to start anywhere in the design process, move freely in any direction, sustain change while maintaining integrity and gather inspiration along the way. Ashlar-Vellum uniquely supports Organic Workflow through:

  • Non-linear Workflow
  • Parametric History on Demand
  • Transparent Tools
  • Holistic Tool Palette
  • Continuous Cross-team Communications

Non-linear Workflow
An organic workflow is a non-linear or non-serial workflow. It fosters flexibility, spontaneity and free play by the designer as he or she works through ideas and tries new things.

Parametric History on Demand
Parametric history is a designer’s most powerful tool, making design changes fast and easy. But it can also constrain creativity and become a bother. If a designer is free to use parametric history when needed, yet ignore it during the times when it’s not, it greatly increases the creative process. Ashlar-Vellum Cobalt and Xenon software uniquely allows designers to use history on demand to explore a design as best fits the process. (History is not available in Argon.)

Transparent Tools
Like all great tools, product design software must disappear into the background, becoming an automatic extension of the designer as he or she concentrates on the project at hand. Ashlar-Vellum tools are so transparent they don’t require the designer to think about them. They work the way a designer thinks. They are easy to learn and allow the designer to simply play.

Holistic Tool Palette
Designers require a holistically integrated palette of both engineering and design tools that includes wireframes, solids and surfaces without switching from one mode to another. They want to freely sketch, develop the model, provide photo-realistic renderings, animations and precision engineering drawings, using the same program. Ashlar-Vellum provides a uniquely holistic palette of tools giving designers power that was previously only available to engineers.

Continuous Cross-team Communications
Because product design is an organic process, different deliverables are required by different people along the way. Our software never demands that X, Y and Z be completed before A, B or C can be shown. Pass any type of 2D or 3D data to any part of your team at any point in the process.

Ashlar-Vellum designers create some of the most amazing products in the world. By starting with a designer’s point of view and being allowed to experiment, explore and play, they not only make their designs come alive they make life better.

For more information, view the 27-minute movie featuring 15 designers from around the world at http://www.ashlar.com/products/organic-workflow.html.

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™ and Argon™ Version 8 for Windows

February 8, 2008, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announced today the release of version 8 on Windows of Cobalt, Xenon and Argon, their hybrid solid, surface and wireframe 3D modeling programs for product design.

The Windows release of version 8 precedes the release on Macintosh. Work continues for that platform.

Ashlar-Vellum president, Robert Bou, commented, “We analyzed what our users required for the next level of productivity and implemented nearly 50 new and enhanced features. Version 8 represents a major step in productivity for designers.”

The Version 8 release of Cobalt, Xenon and Argon features a number of enhancements. A few of these include:

  • Direct, Multi-sheet PDF Creation with Optionally Embedded Source and Exported Files
  • Updated ACIS with enhanced STEP, IGES and Catia Translators
  • Batch Convert Tool
  • Photo-realistic Views in Model to Sheet
  • Imported Bitmaps Support Alpha Channel
  • Real-time Environment Maps in Edit Window
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.

Download in PDF.

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