Alibre Design 11.0 Now Shipping

RICHARDSON, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Sep 22, 2008 -- Alibre, Inc. today announced the availability of the next major release of its flagship 3D CAD software, Alibre Design™ 11.0 (V11). Following the largest and most successful Beta testing program in the company's history, V11 reinforces Alibre's position as the value leader in the professional 3D CAD market. In addition to migrating the entire code base to the .NET platform, V11 effectively doubles the size of assemblies that can be handled, with often-used assembly operations being as much as ten times faster, and includes significant 2D drawing speed enhancements and feature improvements. New with V11 is the tightly integrated Alibre Vault™ by M-Files®, a comprehensive, easy-to-use product data management (PDM) system with exceptionally strong Alibre Design and Windows integration.

"We are extremely excited about the V11 release," says Paul Grayson, Alibre Chairman and CEO. "Hundreds of customers participated in our pre-release Beta program, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive, many of them telling us it was ready to ship in its pre-release state. As always, we have focused our efforts on the things that our customers want: speed and core functionality, and V11 really delivers. We are particularly pleased with the new Alibre Vault™ by M-Files®, which brings world-class PDM to the Alibre Design community."

Assembly Performance and Productivity

New for V11, a powerful new "drag-n-drop" constraint mode with instant visual feedback and real-time editing makes constraining parts in assemblies much faster, and eliminates guesswork. By dragging one part near another, V11 previews the applicable constraints on screen, allowing quick adjustments like flip or rotate, before committing to the chosen constraints. Huge speed improvements for nearly all common assembly tasks are also part of V11. Over 30 common tasks, such as editing parts within the assembly or creating section views, are now at least twice as fast, providing a substantially more productive assembly modeling environment.

World-class Data Management

A comprehensive and easy-to-use PDM system, the new Alibre Vault™ by M-Files® offers completely integrated data and process management for all files and workflows. The Alibre Vault smoothly integrates within Alibre Design and Windows Explorer, making it a familiar interface for any user, and document management is simplified by an easy-to-learn "index card" interface that supports all file types. Extensive security and collaboration options keep files safe and accessible, while managing workflows like approval loops, engineering change orders (ECO), and other business processes. Additionally, the many customizable search options save countless hours from being spent trying to find files.

2D Drawing Productivity

Even in a 3D world, 2D drawings are oftentimes mission-critical, frequently being the single required output for a job, and V11 adds significantly to the already strong 2D drawing creation capabilities of Alibre Design. With new user-requested features like auto-fill title blocks, industry-standard 2D external thread representations, selective sectioning of parts in assembly section views, and advanced automated dimension alignment, 2D productivity is greatly enhanced. And it's not just about features, it's about speed too. Fast Views, introduced in Alibre Design 10.0, are now even faster: V11 drawing views are generated on average four times faster, reducing wait times to mere seconds.

Improved User Experience

Alibre Design is already well known for exceptional ease-of-use and a short learning curve, and V11 adds to that reputation with a number of user interface enhancements that make user interaction with the software even more efficient. With an innovative new enhanced view rotation mode, the location of the mouse on the screen becomes the center of view rotation, greatly reducing the number of zoom, pan, and rotate operations to get to the desired view. Dragging constrained parts in an assembly behaves more naturally in V11, with parts now moving and rotating simultaneously while obeying all applied constraints, helping designers to understand the movement of their assembly very early in the design process. The user interface in V11 is now much more customizable, with user-specified sizes, colors, and weights of many items, including endpoint and midpoint nodes, inferred sketch projection lines and others, reducing eye strain and enabling users to make V11 look the way they want.

Availability and Pricing

Alibre Design is available worldwide in 15 languages. To learn more, to download a free trial, or to find a reseller near you, please visit

About Alibre, Inc.

Alibre, Inc., the Personal CAD/CAM™ Company, develops and markets Alibre Design™, the fastest growing 3D parametric solid modeling software for mechanical design and manufacturing. Alibre CAM™ extends Alibre Design with integrated parametric 21/2- to 5-axis CNC machining, and Alibre Vault™ by M-Files® adds world-class document and process management. At one-fifth the cost of comparable software, Alibre products are easy to use, with rich functionality and industry-leading support and training, making professional 3D CAD/CAM "tools of the trade" accessible to every engineer, designer, machinist, or inventor. Alibre also offers Alibre Design Xpress and Alibre CAM Xpress, the industry's only true 3D parametric modeler and integrated CAM system available free of charge. Alibre products are available in fifteen languages and distributed worldwide. Founded in 1997, Alibre Inc. is privately funded and based in Richardson, Texas. For more information or a free trial, please visit

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