Okino Ships Inventor 2010 CAD Importer

Toronto, Ontario – March 4th 2009 -- Okino Computer Graphics, a leading provider and pioneer of data translation solutions to the DCC/Animation and enterprise Fortune 1000 markets, announced today that its currently shipping software products have received the "Autodesk Inventor 2010 Certification". Okino has been a registered Autodesk developer since 1995 and has been shipping this completely robust and error-free Autodesk Inventor conversion pipeline since Inventor v5. Certification by Autodesk, as per the "Inventor Certified Applications Program" validates the overall completeness and robustness of the Okino Inventor importer solution again. The certification is made by Autodesk's Inventor support staff by performing a series of strict tests for adherence and conformance to the Inventor API, robustness, completeness and overall design quality. Please refer to this URL on the Okino WEB site for the Autodesk Inventor solutions page: http://www.okino.com/solutions/autodesk_inventor.htm The Autodesk Inventor solution from Okino allows crack-free geometry, hierarchy (assembly data) and materials to be transferred cleanly and robustly from native disk-based Autodesk Inventor files or from a running copy of the Autodesk Inventor directly into any Okino data-conversion-compliant program, such as PolyTrans, NuGraf, 3ds Max and Maya (via native plug-ins), EON Reality software, MAXON Cinema-4D, Visual Components’ 3DCreate, NGRAIN, and dozens of other packages as outlined below. "Okino's software products are industry standards used world wide by almost every major corporation with robustness second to none," said Robert Lansdale, President & CEO of Okino Computer Graphics, Inc. "Since 1988 our entire company philosophy has been to provide the best of experiences for the import of large CAD assemblies into Okino software where the assembly data can be manipulated and viewed in real time, optimized, composed, reduced, tagged with materials and rendered with ease. Our software is also the industry standard for the conversion and re-purposing of CAD data to all major animation programs and downstream 3D file formats. Downstream uses include product documentation and manual creation, animation and rendering software, visual communication and review of data, and for accessing simpler and easier to manipulate versions of the original CAD datasets. Okino's NuGraf and PolyTrans products provide the "swiss army knife" of features, functionality and problem solving capabilities that the Autodesk Inventor user had not had access to before." Major Benefits of the Inventor Importer to Okino Customers - Import complete assemblies (including assembly cuts and patterned geometry, as well as multiple sub-assemblies) from a live running copy of Autodesk Inventor, or from native Autodesk Inventor .iam and .ipt files on disk (no copy of Autodesk Inventor required for this latter feature). - Autodesk Inventor assemblies can be imported directly into Maya (using the PolyTrans-for-Maya native plug-in system) or directly into 3ds Max (using the PolyTrans-for-MAX native plug-in system). The native PolyTrans plug-in systems for 3ds Max and Maya have been refined for well over a decade, specifically for importing large CAD assembly models. - The ability to quickly transfer assembly data into Okinos' NuGraf product for interactive scene manipulation, real-time OpenGL shaded views and object manipulation, complex material assignment, 2D bitmap and 3D procedural texture assignment, and rendering by Okino's stable, proven and fast scanline or multi-threaded ray tracing renderers. Once inside NuGraf (or PolyTrans), the data can be easily re-exported to any of the supported Okino 3D file formats. - Okino's "CAD Scene and Hierarchy Optimization System" has been integrated right into the Autodesk Inventor importer. This is most important when importing large CAD models into 3ds Max, Maya, XSI or Lightwave. These animation packages can have performance problems when the source CAD model is large, and/or has a large number of individual parts (which is often the case with the BREP model topology of data provided by Autodesk Inventor). - Complete control over material parameter modification on an automatic basis. Many CAD systems like Autodesk Inventor have basic material parameters (like color, ambient + diffuse shading coefficients, opacity, etc) but when they are transferred over to a rendering and animation system they often look "too bright" or "highly ambient". This can be expected and is quite normal. The material tweak parameters easily allow such saturated shading values to be automatically compensated for. The Autodesk Inventor to Okino Software Data Conversion Process When importing part or assembly data from a live running copy of Autodesk Inventor, the data is transferred from Autodesk Inventor to the Okino side of the pipeline using the Autodesk Inventor "Automation Server Interface". This is an exposed set of functions which Autodesk Inventor "publishes" to the outside world. Okino's Autodesk Inventor importer queries all the part, assembly and material data from the running copy of Autodesk Inventor using this COM interface. Such a pipeline is exemplified in this diagram: Autodesk has also created a smaller stand-alone "Inventor View" application which exposes this COM interface to Okino software. This allows the Okino importer to read in Inventor .iam assembly files and .ipt part files directly from disk without requiring a local resident copy of Inventor to be installed on your machine. Applicable WEB pages The following are pertinent pages on the Okino WEB site relating to this press release: http://www.okino.com/solutions/autodesk_inventor.htm = Okino solutions for Autodesk Inventor users http://www.okino.com/conv/conv.htm = PolyTrans home page http://www.okino.com/nrs/nrs.htm = NuGraf home page http://www.okino.com/conv/filefrmt.htm = Supported file formats http://www.okino.com/solutions/solidworks.htm = Okino solutions for SolidWorks users http://www.okino.com/proe.htm = Okino solutions for Pro/Engineer users http://www.okino.com/conv/users.htm = List of notable users http://www.okino.com/testimon.htm = Customer testimonials and product reviews http://www.okino.com/press/releases.htm = Recent Okino press releases Availability Okino products are available directly from Okino Computer Graphics and through a number of Value Added Resellers. The Inventor CAD importer is a component of the Okino "CAD/Pack" add-on license. For more information or to download fully functional demonstration versions (with minor limitations), please visit http://www.okino.com. To locate an authorized VAR or for customer inquiries, email sales@okino.com or contact Okino at (905) 672-9328 or toll free at (888) 3D-OKINO (1-888-336-5466). About Okino Computer Graphics Okino Computer Graphics can best be understood as two distinct sub-companies: one which specializes in the CAD market, CAD products and CAD users, and one which specializes in the animation/DCC/VisSim markets. We excel at providing the industry standard converters to an extensive user base for these distinct, yet often overlapping, markets. If you are new to Okino and our software then please take a moment to review http://www.okino.com/conv/users.htm which enumerates what has made our software's usage so wide spread throughout the 3D industry. With development starting January 28th 1988, Okino Computer Graphics, Inc. (Toronto, Canada) is an industry leader + pioneer in the development and deployment of 3D data re-purposing software that allows professional 3D software users to intelligently and accurately convert/view/render/modify 3D data and assets between most major CAD, DCC and VisSim software packages. Okino software is used the world over by all major Fortune 1000 companies, 20 of the top 21 defense contractors, the top 15 automotive manufacturers, and tens of thousands of production studios, 3D content creation, game development, CAD, engineering and product design companies (as broken out in the Okino customer user list at www.okino.com/conv/users.htm). For more information about Okino, please visit www.okino.com. # # # Attention editors. This document, as well as screen snapshots and related documents for the press can be obtained electronically by visiting http://www.okino.com/press/magpics.htm PolyTrans and NuGraf are registered trademarks of Okino Computer Graphics, Inc. Okino is a trademark of Okino Computer Graphics, Inc. Autodesk and Inventor product names and logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Autodesk Corporation or it subsidiaries in the United States and in other Countries. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders.


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