UGS Helps Customers Evolve To 3D With UGS Velocity Series

New Integrated Diagramming Enhancements Allow 2D AutoCAD Users to Move to Solid Edge for All Their 2D and 3D Design Needs

PLANO, Texas, March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- UGS Corp., a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced further support for its Evolve to 3D program -- a simple four-step process for evolving 2D users to 3D. New diagramming capabilities in Solid Edge(R) V18 software help migrating AutoCAD users develop electrical, P&ID and other diagrams using industry-standard libraries of 2D Blocks.

Solid Edge is the computer-aided design (CAD) component of the new UGS Velocity Series(TM) portfolio, the first comprehensive, preconfigured portfolio of digital product design, analysis, and data management software for the PLM mid-market. UGS Velocity Series is the only PLM system in the mid-market that contains a fully integrated 2D and 3D strategy, thus removing the need for companies to maintain two separate CAD systems.

Access to Industry Standard Libraries

Solid Edge Diagramming allows users to develop electrical, P&ID and other diagrams by leveraging industry-standard libraries of 2D Blocks.

"In addition to the extensive libraries of electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic and P&ID symbols delivered with Solid Edge, the program provides easy access to a rich resource of thousands of standard DWG block libraries available in the market today," said Bruce Boes, vice president of UGS Velocity Series Marketing, UGS. "Users can directly access and place AutoCAD DWG blocks from existing or new libraries into Solid Edge diagrams 'on the fly' without translation."

Companies are also able to develop their own standards. Creating and editing diagrams is made even easier through the use of intelligent connectors, lines that "snap" to specific points on a block and remain attached whenever the block is moved or the diagram is edited. Diagramming also supports multiple representations of a component. A switch, for example, can be shown in either its open or closed position without having to create two separate blocks. This ensures accuracy of any equipment lists generated from the diagram. These innovative 2D capabilities further strengthen Solid Edge's ability to create and maintain 2D drawings, an important first step in UGS' Evolve to 3D program.

     Additional migration capability for Autodesk customers
     * Apprentice Mode featuring Command Finder helps users learn as they work
       by providing a cross-reference terminology search from other systems,
       including Autodesk Inventor(R) technology, to those used in Solid Edge.
     * AutoCAD(R) Emulation Environment allows users to work in the model
       space/paper space.
     * Data migration wizards for Mechanical Desktop(R) software and Autodesk
       Inventor provide seamless data transfer paths.
     * Direct Editing allows users to quickly and easily edit the 3D geometry,
       including Mechanical Desktop and Inventor, after import, even without
       the history tree.
     * AutoCAD Drawings Translation ensures that tiling, layers, colors and
       line styles/weights are preserved and available within drafting.

For more information, visit . For more information on Solid Edge Diagramming, download the Solid Edge Diagramming White Paper or watch the demo.

The Solution

Solid Edge from UGS is powerful 3D CAD software that allows manufacturing companies to transform their process of innovation and achieve competitive advantage through cost reduction, while increasing top-line revenues. A fundamental component of the UGS Velocity Series portfolio, Solid Edge delivers an exceptional return on investment for a low total cost of ownership. Embedded and scaleable design management capabilities complement Solid Edge's superior core modeling, design validation, and process workflows to greatly ease the growing complexity of product design. The extensive Solid Edge user community is comprised of designers at thousands of companies worldwide, including Alcoa, NEC Engineering, and Volvo. The Solid Edge Voyager Program includes 200 integrated engineering software applications and computer hardware solutions.

About UGS

UGS is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with nearly 4 million licensed seats and 46,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, UGS' vision is to enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through global innovation networks to deliver world-class products and services while leveraging UGS' open enterprise solutions, fulfilling the mission of enabling them to transform their process of innovation. For more information on UGS products and services, visit .

Note: UGS, Solid Edge, Velocity Series and Transforming the process of innovation are trademarks or registered trademarks of UGS Corp., or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. Autodesk, AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, Mechanical Desktop are trademarks or registered trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. All other trademarks, registered trademarks, or service marks belong to their respective holders.

     Susan Cinadr -- UGS
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