Aras Enhances PLM Software Solution through Actify Partnership for SpinFire CAD Viewer

3D and 2D CAD Viewing Software Will Be Embedded in Every Aras Download

ORLANDO, Fla. – February 10, 2009Aras®, leading Microsoft enterprise open source software solution provider, today announced at SolidWorks World 2009 that it has forged a technology partnership with Actify, Inc., the global leader in product data collaboration solutions. The partnership will provide the SpinFire visualization products embedded in every download of the advanced PLM software suite from Aras to deliver seamless 3D and 2D file translation, publishing, and distribution.

Actify’s SpinFire technology is designed to enable access, communication, distribution, and re-use of numerous 3D and 2D CAD file formats throughout the enterprise and global supply chain.  SpinFire enables collaboration on all the major CAD formats including CATIA, SolidWorks, Inventor, AutoCAD, NX, Solid Edge, and more. With the partnership, every download of the advanced PLM software solution from Aras will include Actify’s SpinFire for CAD viewing with additional capabilities available as an upgrade.

"Companies that use product lifecycle management software need to be able to view the CAD files, and making the SpinFire CAD viewing software available in Aras expands our capabilities to everyone that wants to access 3D models and 2D drawings," said Peter Schroer, President of Aras. "Because of our advanced model-based SOA and the open format of the Aras PLM software we are able to embed the SpinFire CAD viewer technology very quickly and easily so that it is included in every download."

“Embedding SpinFire in Aras provides companies with an immediate way to streamline processes where secure access to viewing CAD files is necessary such as collaborating on product designs with international suppliers and outsourced manufacturers," said David Opsahl, CEO of Actify. "By integrating our technology with the Aras PLM software solution, businesses have a powerful new way to solve their collaboration needs."

To view a demonstration of the Actify SpinFire CAD viewer for the advanced enterprise PLM software from Aras visit:


About Actify, Inc.

Actify Inc. is a privately held, award-winning global leader of product data collaboration solutions with customer companies throughout the automotive, aerospace, industrial automation, and discrete manufacturing industries. Actify Products are sold through authorized distributors and Value Added Resellers in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Actify is headquartered in San Francisco, California. For more information please visit or call 415.227.3800.

About Aras

Aras® is the leader in providing Microsoft enterprise open source solutions. Aras delivers the most advanced model-based service-oriented architecture [SOA] solutions for enterprise Product Lifecycle Management [PLM] on the Microsoft platform. Customers include Motorola, Rolls-Royce, Freudenberg, Lockheed Martin, Ingersoll Rand and ACCO Brands. Aras is privately held with global headquartered in Andover, Mass. For additional information visit




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