Alias/Wavefront and Acer Join Together to Drive Tablet PC Sales with New Alias SketchBook Pro Software Bundle that Empowers Pen Driven Collaboration Anywhere, at Anytime

Global Agreement Delivers Alias SketchBook Pro "Try & Buy" on Acer TravelMate Convertible Tablet PC Lineup

TORONTO & SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 13, 2003-- Alias/Wavefront(TM), an SGI (NYSE: SGI) company, and Acer(R) America Corporation, the leading worldwide supplier of Tablet PCs, today announced an agreement to bundle Alias SketchBook Pro(TM) on all Acer Tablet PCs sold worldwide. This powerful combination pairs Acer's industry leading Tablet PC technology with Alias SketchBook Pro's best-in-class digital pen-based sketching and annotation software, offering users a unique, out-of-the-box visual collaboration package that extends the true functionality of the Tablet PC experience.

SketchBook Pro tackles mobile collaboration markets

Combining the features of paint, image processing, viewing, image organization, annotation and presentation, Alias SketchBook Pro empowers professionals to develop and present pen-driven images, ideas and documents from anywhere, at any time. The application is especially useful for mobile professionals whose line of work often places them in collaborative situations -- from insurance inspectors, educational instructors and law enforcement to government officials, engineers, ad creatives and architects.

"While the Tablet PC market is off to a healthy start, industry partnerships and professional application-based solutions like Alias SketchBook Pro will be seen as key market drivers that help propel Tablet PC sales forward in 2003," said Steve Maric, sales and marketing manager, Alias/Wavefront. "As early adopter sales begin to soften, interest will turn toward capturing the attention and imagination of vertical markets while growing overall corporate acceptance. The agreement between Acer and Alias/Wavefront will present another compelling reason for Tablet PC purchasers to invest in Acer."

Acer TravelMate -- portability for professionals

Designed with full consideration of people's most natural and practical computing needs, Acer TravelMate Convertible Tablet PCs bring a new dimension to mobile computing by uniting the notebook PC with the tablet computer. Exceptional portability and multiple methods of input coupled with a convertible screen and tablet operating system make this the perfect match to SketchBook Pro's pen-based drawing and annotation package.

"As the leading provider of convertible Tablet solutions, we are always looking for new and innovative solutions to empower our users and provide a more enriching Tablet experience," said Sumit Agnihotry, mobile product manager for Acer America. "Alias SketchBook Pro brings technology that is used by thousands of automotive and industrial designers and creators of film, videos and games to the mainstream user. This new offering extends the power of Acer's Tablet PCs and is a perfect complement to the note taking features of Microsoft(R) Journal."

SketchBook Pro Try and Buy

Alias SketchBook Pro 'Try and Buy' will be preloaded on all Acer Tablet PC desktops sold worldwide. Alias SketchBook Pro 'Try and Buy' will provide Acer customers with the ability to use Alias SketchBook Pro for a 15-day trial period. Additional value-added programs will also be offered by Alias/Wavefront to support this special bundle.

About Alias/Wavefront

As the world's leading innovator of 3D graphics technology, Alias/Wavefront develops software for the film and video, games, web, interactive media, industrial design, and visualization markets. In 2003, the company was awarded an Oscar(R) for Technical Achievement from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences(R) for its development of Maya(R) software, its professional 3D animation and effects package. Entertainment and games customers include: Acclaim Entertainment, Inc., CNN, Core Design Limited, Digital Domain, Disney, Electronic Arts, Industrial Light & Magic, Factor 5 LLC, Midway Games, Nintendo, Pacific Data Images (PDI), Pixar, Sega, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Square Co., Ltd., Warner Feature Animation and Weta Ltd.

Alias/Wavefront is a wholly owned, independent software company of SGI(R) with headquarters in Toronto and custom development center in Santa Barbara. Please visit the Alias/Wavefront web site at or call 1-800-447-2542 in North America.

About Acer America Corporation

Established in 1984 as a subsidiary of Acer, Inc., Acer America Corporation designs and markets client and server solutions for professionals who require reliability, enhanced productivity and greater value of ownership. As one of the largest global suppliers of PC's, more than 50 million Acer systems have been purchased throughout the world, solutions for living, learning and working. Acer America's award-winning products include tablet PCs, desktop PCs, notebook computers, servers, displays and peripheral solutions for business, government, education and home users. The Acer Group employs 39,000 people supporting dealers and distributors in over 100 countries. For more information about Acer America, please visit

Copyright (C) 2003 Alias/Wavefront, a division of Silicon Graphics Limited. All Rights Reserved.

Alias/Wavefront, Alias SketchBook Pro, the Alias SketchBook Pro logo, and the S Book logo are trademarks of Alias/Wavefront, a division of Silicon Graphics Limited. Maya is a registered trademark of Silicon Graphics, Inc., exclusively used by Alias/Wavefront, a division of Silicon Graphics Limited. SGI a registered trademark of Silicon Graphics, Inc. in the United State and/or other countries worldwide. Acer and the Acer logo are registered trademarks of Acer Incorporated. All other products or companies mentioned are trademarks or service marks of their respective owners. Oscar and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are registered trademarks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Microsoft is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All other products or companies mentioned are trademarks or service marks of their respective owners. Alias/Wavefront, 210 King Street East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5A 1J7, Tel: 416-362-9181, FAX: 416-369-6140.

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