Alibre Offers Extended Free Trials Of Its Design and Collaboration Software To SARS-affected Regions



RICHARDSON, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 22, 2003--Alibre Inc. is offering extended six-month free trials of Alibre Design to users in regions affected by the SARS disease: China, Taiwan, Singapore and the Toronto, Canada area.

Known as software for 3D mechanical design and parametric solid modeling, Alibre Design also includes robust tools for online, real-time collaboration. Users conduct both spontaneous and scheduled Team Design sessions to review and edit designs with colleagues. Alibre also uses the technology to provide real-time customer support.

Severe acute respiratory syndrome has infected several thousand people, and caused numerous deaths worldwide. As a precaution, many businesses are banning travel to Asia, preventing face-to-face meetings for critical projects. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a travel advisory that advises against nonessential travel to Hong Kong, mainland China, Singapore and Hanoi, Vietnam. According to a survey by the Business Travel Coalition, sixty-one percent of businesses are banning travel as of April 16, up from 58 percent the week before. Businesses are instead relying on technology to connect with affected regions, using Web-based collaboration tools to complete projects.

Alibre is offering extended free trials of Alibre Design to manufacturers in the affected regions so that they can maintain productivity.

The company already offers 30-day free trials of Alibre Design at its Web site. Demo CDs are mailed to trial users, and the software may also be downloaded easily with a high-speed Internet connection.

"Online collaboration through Alibre Design enables companies to maintain productivity while they reduce travel as well as the expenses of creating and shipping drawings and prototypes," said J. Paul Grayson, Alibre president and CEO. "We'll maintain this offer until manufacturers feel that travel is safe again."

Alibre redefines professional solid modeling with the low-cost Alibre Design application for 3D parametric solid modeling. Alibre Design lets designers, engineers and their associates create 3D models and 2D associative drawings, and its integrated online tools let users share and edit product designs from different CAD applications, and collaborate in real time using precise design data. These tools also allow for advanced support and training directly from the online Alibre Assistant. Additionally, the application's support for open data standards such as STEP improves data exchange with existing CAD systems. Founded in 1997, Alibre Inc. is privately funded and based in Richardson, Texas. For more information, visit www.alibre.com or call 972/671-8492.

Alibre and Alibre Design are trademarks of Alibre Inc. All other marks are the property of their respective holders.

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