Alias|Wavefront Ships Latest StudioTools Upgrade

Unique 2D/3D approach to design development gets further enhancements

Toronto, Canada, March 13, 2003 – Alias|Wavefront™, an SGI (NYSE: SGI) company, is now shipping release 10.1 of StudioToolsTM, the company’s computer-aided industrial design (CAID) software. StudioTools 10.1 has been tuned to include workflow enhancements for 2D paint functions, more 3D modeling flexibility and improved data connectivity.

“The full featured paint program inside of StudioTools changes the way industrial designers solve problems in a single, highly creative environment. No other tool set allows a designer to combine 2D painterly expression with high end 3D execution,” explains Gray Holland of Alchemy Labs. “In this release Alias|Wavefront continues to polish its high end surfacing while bringing its paint program to full adulthood.”

Parallel 2D and 3D Workflow
StudioTools combines 2D and 3D into one unique design environment, giving industrial designers a faster way to create, explore, visualize and communicate design concepts. In the StudioTools 10.1 upgrade, Alias|Wavefront continues to evolve the paint tool set by enhancing the color, brush and layer editors, and by introducing texture brushes.

Greater Modeling Efficiency
StudioTools gives designers the sophisticated modeling functionality they need for fast, precision surfacing. Modeling improvements in StudioTools 10.1 accelerate the designers’ workflow, make modeling tasks easier and enhance overall modeling efficiency. For example the blend curve edit tool is improved to support rapid curve modifications.

Design and Engineering Collaboration
To assist in the close collaboration needed between designers and engineers, StudioTools 10.1 supports the newest version of the PTC® GraniteTM ONE Interoperability Kernel, allowing even better data exchange between PTC’s engineering software and StudioTools. StudioTools 10.1 also supports seamless data exchange to Unigraphics® NX 1.0 on Windows® and SGI® IRIX® platforms.

Price, Availability, System Requirements
For a superior value, take advantage of Alias|Wavefront’s “Twice As Nice” offer. Get DesignStudio® 10 software, for the Windows operating system, and the Wacom Cintiq® 18SX tablet, starting at $7,500 USD. International pricing may vary.

The StudioTools 10 software family is available now, with prices starting at $7,500 USD. Products are DesignStudioTM, StudioTM, AutoStudioTM and SurfaceStudioTM. The software runs on Windows XP, Windows 2000 and SGI IRIX operating systems.

Also available is Alias Studio Personal Learning EditionTM, a fully functioning seat of Studio for non-commercial use that comes with a set of tutorials designed to show the beginner and the sophisticated user all the power of Alias|Wavefront StudioTools. For more information go to

Contact Information
For more information on Alias|Wavefront StudioTools 10, please visit the company’s website at or call 1-800-447-2542 in North America. International contact numbers include: Northern Europe, Middle East and Africa, +44 (0) 1494 441273; Germany, East & Southeast Europe, 0049 89 31 70 20; France, Spain and Portugal, +33 1 44 92 81 60; Italy, 39 039 6340011; Japan, 0120 764 088; and other parts of Asia Pacific, 81 3 3470 8282.

About Alias|Wavefront
As the world's leading innovator of 3D graphics technology, Alias|Wavefront develops software for computer aided styling, industrial design and visualization markets. Alias|Wavefront's design customers include AT&T, BMW, Boeing, Fiat, Fisher-Price, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Italdesign, Kodak, Mattel, Rollerblade, Trek Bicycle, Teague and Timex. Alias|Wavefront is a wholly owned, independent software company of SGI with headquarters in Toronto and custom development centers in Santa Barbara and Toronto.
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The Alias|Wavefront logo, the StudioTools logo and DesignStudio are registered trademarks and Alias|Wavefront, StudioTools, Studio, AutoStudio, StudioTools, Alias Studio Personal Learning Edition and SurfaceStudio are trademarks of Alias|Wavefront, a division of Silicon Graphics Limited. SGI and IRIX are registered trademarks of Silicon Graphics, Inc. Cintiq is a registered trademark of Wacom Company, Ltd. Windows, Windows XP and Windows 2000 are registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Unigraphics is a registered trademark of Electronic Data Systems Corporation. PTC and Granite are trademarks or registered trademarks of Parametric Technology Corporation. Alias|Wavefront, 210 King Street East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5A 1J7, Tel: 416-362-9181, FAX: 416-369-6140.

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