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Ashlar-Vellum CAD & 3D Modeling News 2013

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Releases Graphite™ v9 for Mac & Windows

December 18, 2013, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announces the official release of Graphite version 9, their 2D/3D wireframe drafting program on both Mac and Windows. Graphite v9 precision CAD software has been upgraded with new and enhanced features.

The familiar Graphite interface has been updated in version 9 to include optionally larger text and new icons that are easier to read on super-high resolution monitors. Also new to the version are tool tips with click-through hyperlinks to documentation. New functionality in v9 includes the Stretch tool and the Copy along Path tool. The import/export capabilities have also been enhanced to included the latest DXF/DWG support up to 2013, PDF import and enhanced PDF export. With a new Unicode core, Graphite supports multiple foreign languages and alphabets for both the interface and the drawing document.

“Graphite is the quickest way to capture, present and produce your ideas. With a self-learning curve averaging about 180 minutes for those with no previous CAD experience, Graphite naturally becomes an easy extension of the designer and the design process,” said Robert Bou, president of Ashlar-Vellum.

Graphite v9 is a paid upgrade for those using Graphite v8 or for Cobalt and Xenon v8 users with a companion license to Graphite. Upgrades are available from previous versions from the past 10 years, with prices varying according to the age of the software.

About Ashlar-Vellum

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™ v9 Beta

December 4, 2013, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announces the beta release of Graphite version 9, their 2D/3D wireframe drafting program on both Mac and Windows. Graphite v9 precision CAD software includes a number of enhancements and new features.

Graphite v9 includes an updated user interface with optionally larger text and new, easy to read icons, tool tips with click-through hyperlinks to documentation. New features include a general function tool palette, a new Stretch tool and Copy Item by Path tool. Enhancements have also been added to import/export functions including adding the latest DXF/DWG support, 2D PDF import and enhanced PDF exports. Now based on a Unicode core, Graphite v9 supports multiple foreign languages and alphabets for both the user interface and drawing document.

Ashlar-Vellum president, Robert Bou, commented, “Graphite is still the quickest way from thought to production. Now with the new v9 interface we anticipate that the average self-learning time for a new user, with no previous CAD experience, will be less than three hours.”

Graphite v9 is a paid upgrade for those using Graphite v8 or for Cobalt and Xenon v8 users with a companion license to Graphite. Upgrades are available from previous versions from the past 10 years, with prices varying according to the age of the software.

About Ashlar-Vellum

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 Cobalt™ & Xenon™ Solo

October 10, 2013, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announces Cobalt v8 Solo and Xenon v8 Solo, two new price points in their Designer Elements product line of 3D solid and surface modeling software. Traditionally bundled with a companion license to Graphite™, Ashlar-Vellum’s precision 2D/3D CAD and wireframe drafting package, Cobalt and Xenon are now available individually without Graphite at lower price points on both Mac and Windows.

Robert Bou, president of Ashlar-Vellum, commented, “This is just one more way that Ashlar-Vellum always provides the best value for our customers.”

Featuring Ashlar-Vellum’s award-winning Organic Workflow™, their non-linear design process, both Cobalt and Xenon offer:

  • Class-A NURBS surfaces, ACIS solids and intuitive wireframe modeling in one seamless, non-modal package.
  • The Drafting Assistant™ user interface for intelligent snaps and alignments in X, Y & Z.
  • Full associatively and history for fast design revisions.
  • Professional drafting with associative dimensioning and model analysis.
  • More than 30 professional translators.

In addition, Cobalt adds to the list above:

  • On-demand parametrics for design variations and product families.
  • 3D mechanical parts library of 149,000 bearings, bolts, nuts and other parts.

With the introduction of Cobalt and Xenon Solo, Ashlar-Vellum has also reduced the prices of their 3D modeling products across the board:

  • Cobalt v8 Solo                     US $1495
  • Cobalt v8 Plus Graphite v8  US $2495 (formerly US $2995)
  • Xenon v8 Solo                     US $  995
  • Xenon v8 Plus Graphite v8  US $1995 (formerly US $2495)
  • Argon v8                              US $  695 (formerly US $995)
About Ashlar-Vellum

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™ Creates Job Board

June 18, 2013, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announces the creation of their new Job Board, connecting those looking for skilled design professionals with those looking for design work.

On the Ashlar-Vellum Job Board those with experience in Ashlar-Vellum software can post their resumes, while those needing to hire great designers can post their job openings. Positions and assistance include:

  • Full-time
  • Part-time
  • Freelance
  • Contract

“The Job Board is just one way that we continue to build the community of Ashlar-Vellum users around the world, said Robert Bou, president of Ashlar-Vellum.

Those posting a job or resume before the end of July 2013 will receive a discount coupon to use on their next upgrade or new purchase.

About Ashlar-Vellum

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 4

March 7, 2013, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announces the release of Service Pack 4 for Graphite version 8, their 2D/3D wireframe drafting program.

Graphite v8 SP4 precision CAD software includes a number of resolutions and enhancements, including:

  • An updated PDF export feature which includes bitmaps.
  • An enhanced PDF export feature which optionally exports visible layers only or current sheet only.
  • An updated Dimension Tool Palette resolving issues with macros and linear dimensions.
  • No temp files in the drawing folder.
  • An updated Save Palettes function that saves the screen position of the navigator palette.
  • A new software installer preventing installation by non-administrators.
  • Streamlined user registration giving customers a choice of online or USB key security.
  • An enhancement that launches multiple .vc6 files within the same instance of Graphite when double clicking on a file icon.
  • Improved flexibility within the Undo system regarding customized system configurations.
  • A bug fix for Windows 7 that corrects the printing of duplicate pages.
  • Code Signatures for both Apple and Microsoft operating systems for streamlined installation.

Service Pack 4 is a free update available to all those on Graphite v8, including Cobalt and Xenon v8 users with a courtesy license to Graphite. Upgrades are available from previous versions, with prices varying according to the age of the software.

About Ashlar-Vellum

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™ Receives Global Product
Differentiation Excellence Award from Frost & Sullivan

February 5, 2013, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announces the receipt of the 2012 Global Product Differentiation Excellence Award in Computer-Aided Design & Modeling Software from market research firm Frost & Sullivan.

Frost & Sullivan sets Ashlar-Vellum CAD and 3D modeling software above it’s competitors because:

“In comparison to other market participants, Frost & Sullivan points out that what Ashlar-Vellum has accomplished in its Cobalt™ product with the Organic Workflow™ design process is true differentiation by providing design software that is modeled after realistic, human creative product development process. This solution does not impose a fixed design process on the user. Cobalt essentially behaves like an intuitive extension of a creative designer’s internal thought process during conceptualization and design.”

The report goes on to specify:

“The primary difference between Ashlar-Vellum’s product and other solutions available on the market is not the depth of Cobalt’s features, but the availability of all the features in a holistic, transparent way that enables the user to create concepts in an intuitive, unobstructed manner.”

“Ashlar-Vellum’s Organic Workflow proves that the vendor genuinely understands its customers.”

Robert Bou, president of Ashlar-Vellum, commented, “We are pleased to be recognized as leaders in the industry in this way. Ashlar-Vellum is committed to developing powerful design tools with the most intuitive user interface possible.”

Having been granted the award in October 2012, Frost & Sullivan reserved the right to release the information exclusively to their own subscribers. Ashlar-Vellum has just now received permission to announce the award publicly.

About Ashlar-Vellum

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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