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Ashlar-Vellum™ Releases Cobalt™, Xenon™ & Argon™ v9

March 28, 2016, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announces the full release of Cobalt, Xenon and Argon version 9, their trio of 3D solid and surface modeling products on Mac and Windows.

All three of the products have the following enhancements in version 9:

  • Support for the latest operation systems including Windows 8.1 and 10, and OS X 10.10 and 10.11
  • New 2D PDF import
  • New 3D PDF export
  • New 3D PDF export.
  • Support for the latest DXF/DWG up to AutoCAD 2015/2016
  • New Surface from Two Contours tool
  • Surface created from two contours.
  • New Conic Surface from Sections & Guides tool
  • Conic surface from sections and guides.
  • Smart walls, door and windows for architectural drawings
  • Smart walls, door and windows.
  • New handling options for 2D raster images

For a complete list and more information on each, go to:

http://www.ashlar.com/get9/coxear-v9.html

Robert Bou, Ashlar-Vellum’s president and co-owner, commented, “We seek continuous improvement on a proven tool set that allows designer, engineers and inventors to get their jobs done efficiently and with the greatest return on investment.”

About Ashlar-Vellum

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Releases Graphite™ v10

February 2, 2016, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announces the release of Graphite v10, the latest release of their intuitive 2D/3D CAD wireframe drafting package for both Mac and Windows.

This new version will feature support for the latest operating systems including Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), 10.11 (El Capitan), and Windows 8.1 and 10. Other important enhancements have been added to the software’s 2D PDF import and export. Additionally, a font report has ben added to specify missing fonts and offer substitute font designations. The Draw Control order in v10 can now be controlled either from the Layers dialog box of the Arrange menu. Tool palettes and dialog box positions are now remembered independently for every screen size used, including single and dual screen configurations. DXF/DWG import supports up to AutoCAD 2016 and the handling of raster images has been improved.

Commented Robert Bou, president of Ashlar-Vellum, “This is a robust collection of user-requested enhancements that overall improves productivity and compatibly both modern operating systems and exchanging data with other users.”

Upgrade pricing is available to Graphite v10 from previous versions of v9, v8 and v7. For a complete list of prices, enhancements and their descriptions, visit: http://www.ashlar.com/get10/

About Ashlar-Vellum

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Announces Graphite™ v10 in Beta

November 30, 2015, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announces the upcoming release of Graphite v10, the latest release of their 2D/3D CAD wireframe drafting package.

The new release will feature these highlights among others:

  • Support for the latest operating systems on both Mac and Windows
  • Enhanced 2D PDF import
  • Enhanced 3D PDF export
  • Font report specifying missing fonts and substitute designations
  • Draw Control order by layers or Arrange menu
  • Improved handling of raster images
  • Enhanced palette and dialog position memory

For a complete list visit:

http://www.ashlar.com/get10/2d-3d-cad-graphite.html.

Robert Bou, president of Ashlar-Vellum said, “We are concentrating on supporting our customers with smaller, less expensive upgrades more often. Graphite v10 has some valuable tools and enhancements that customers have been requesting.”

Upgrade pricing is available from previous versions of Graphite v9, v8 and v7.

About Ashlar-Vellum

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Announces Cobalt™, Xenon™ & Argon™ v9

October 19, 2015, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announced the development and upcoming release of Cobalt, Xenon and Argon version 9, their trio of 3D solid and surface modeling products on Mac and Windows. Full release is anticipated early next year.

All three of the products will have the following enhancements in version 9:

  • Support for the latest operation systems including Windows 8.1 and 10, and OS X 10.10 and 10.11
  • Enhanced 2D PDF import and 3D PDF export
  • Support for the latest DXF/DWG up to AutoCAD 2015/2016
  • New Surface from Two Contours tool
  • New Conic Surface from Sections & Guides tool
  • Improved hatching
  • Flattened perspective view
  • Smart walls, door and windows for architectural drawings
  • New handling options for 2D raster images

For a complete list and more information on each, go to:

http://www.ashlar.com/get9/coxear-v9.html.

Robert Bou, Ashlar-Vellum’s president and co-owner, commented, “We continue to provide constant improvement to the products that have won the loyalty of designers and engineers because of their fluid work flow and powerful tools.”

About Ashlar-Vellum

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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AlphaCorr Introduces Folding Genius™ AI Version 2
for Mac & Windows

November 25, 2014, Austin, TX. AlphaCorr announced today the second release of Folding Genius for Adobe Illustrator. Folding Genius is intended for AI users who need folded 3D visualization of their existing dieline design files for corrugated packaging and point-of-purchase displays.

Folding Genius supports 3D visualization of dielines created in:

  • AlphaCorr Rules, SteelRules or Dieline Genius Online
  • Esko Artios
  • Arden Impact
  • Adobe Illustrator

Supporting Adobe Illustrator versions CS6, CC and CC2014 on both Mac and Windows, the Folding Genius plug-in works from within Illustrator to animate and render folded cartons, boxes and displays with their graphics, then exports to 3D PDF.

Folding Genius for AI is available as a subscription service for $195/year or $79.95/ quarter or $29.95/month.

For more information contact AlphaCorr at +1 800 862-0795 or visit the website at www.alphacorr.com.

About AlphaCorr

Based in Austin, TX, AlphaCorr, LLC is the world’s leading developer of structural packaging and point-of-purchase display software for both Mac and Windows. Founded in 2007, AlphaCorr uses the powerful, yet easy-to-use user-interface paradigms originally developed for Ashlar-Vellum Graphite™. AlphaCorr continues to enable the creative design and production of precise, sophisticated packaging and displays around the world.

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Pay as You Go with AlphaCorr Dieline Genius™ 2D Online

November 11, 2014 Austin, TX. AlphaCorr introduces the pay-as-you-go online design center for customized packaging and point-of-purchase displays. Use it as often or as infrequently as needed without the investment in an expensive design package. Dieline Genius 2D Online allows easy customization of packaging displays from the library of over 500 resizable designs. Even those with little or no box design experience can quickly create corrugated and folding carton material structures.

Simply log in to Dieline Genius Online and select a design. Modify the parameters, such as length, width, depth and material thickness. Then using PayPal or a credit card export that design directly to the cutting table.

Now any salesperson, graphic artist, machine operator or draftsperson can select a design, set the parameters, and have the box cut on the sample table in just minutes. No need to interrupt the workflow of busy structural packaging designers just for a sample.

Prices start as low as US $1.50 per custom sized design.

For more information contact AlphaCorr at +1 800 862-0795 or visit the website at www.alphacorr.com.

About AlphaCorr

Based in Austin, TX, AlphaCorr, LLC is the world’s leading developer of structural packaging and point-of-purchase display software for both Mac and Windows. Founded in 2007, AlphaCorr uses the powerful, yet easy-to-use user-interface paradigms originally developed for Ashlar-Vellum Graphite™. AlphaCorr continues to enable the creative design and production of precise, sophisticated packaging and displays around the world.

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AlphaCorr Introduces Dieline Genius™ 3D AI for Mac & Windows

August 12, 2014, Austin, TX. AlphaCorr introduces Dieline Genius 3D for Adobe Illustrator on Mac and Windows. Compatible with Adobe Illustrator CS4, CS5, CS6, CC and CC 2014, Dieline Genius allows easy customization of packaging and point-of-purchase displays from a library of over 500 resizable designs. Even those without previous box design experience can quickly create corrugated and folding carton material structures.

It’s fast and easy to use. From within Adobe Illustrator, simply:

  1. Open the library and select a design.
  2. Modify the default parameters, such as length, width, depth and material thickness.
  3. Use Adobe Illustrator tools to add graphics as desired.
  4. Open the 3D preview window where the folded design can be examined in detail in three dimensions.
  5. Save the image or export the 3D model as a 3D PDF.

Robert Bou, AlphaCorr co-founder, puts it this way, “Dieline Genius changes the game, giving graphic artists the power to easily create successful packaging and point-of-purchase displays from a library of proven designs without worrying about material structure.”

The Dieline Genius library is extensible using AlphaCorr Rules™ and SteelRules™ precision CAD software for packaging, point-of-purchase and steel rule die design.

For more information contact AlphaCorr at +1 800 862-0795 or visit the website at www.alphacorr.com.

About AlphaCorr

Based in Austin, TX, AlphaCorr, LLC is the world’s leading developer of structural packaging and point-of-purchase display software for both Mac and Windows. Founded in 2007, AlphaCorr uses the powerful, yet easy-to-use user-interface paradigms originally developed for Ashlar-Vellum Graphite™. AlphaCorr continues to enable the creative design and production of precise, sophisticated packaging and displays around the world.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Releases Graphite™ v9 for Mac & Windows

December 18, 2013, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announces the official release of Graphite version 9, their 2D/3D wireframe drafting program on both Mac and Windows. Graphite v9 precision CAD software has been upgraded with new and enhanced features.

The familiar Graphite interface has been updated in version 9 to include optionally larger text and new icons that are easier to read on super-high resolution monitors. Also new to the version are tool tips with click-through hyperlinks to documentation. New functionality in v9 includes the Stretch tool and the Copy along Path tool. The import/export capabilities have also been enhanced to included the latest DXF/DWG support up to 2013, PDF import and enhanced PDF export. With a new Unicode core, Graphite supports multiple foreign languages and alphabets for both the interface and the drawing document.

“Graphite is the quickest way to capture, present and produce your ideas. With a self-learning curve averaging about 180 minutes for those with no previous CAD experience, Graphite naturally becomes an easy extension of the designer and the design process,” said Robert Bou, president of Ashlar-Vellum.

Graphite v9 is a paid upgrade for those using Graphite v8 or for Cobalt and Xenon v8 users with a companion license to Graphite. Upgrades are available from previous versions from the past 10 years, with prices varying according to the age of the software.

About Ashlar-Vellum

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Releases Graphite™ v9 Beta

December 4, 2013, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announces the beta release of Graphite version 9, their 2D/3D wireframe drafting program on both Mac and Windows. Graphite v9 precision CAD software includes a number of enhancements and new features.

Graphite v9 includes an updated user interface with optionally larger text and new, easy to read icons, tool tips with click-through hyperlinks to documentation. New features include a general function tool palette, a new Stretch tool and Copy Item by Path tool. Enhancements have also been added to import/export functions including adding the latest DXF/DWG support, 2D PDF import and enhanced PDF exports. Now based on a Unicode core, Graphite v9 supports multiple foreign languages and alphabets for both the user interface and drawing document.

Ashlar-Vellum president, Robert Bou, commented, “Graphite is still the quickest way from thought to production. Now with the new v9 interface we anticipate that the average self-learning time for a new user, with no previous CAD experience, will be less than three hours.”

Graphite v9 is a paid upgrade for those using Graphite v8 or for Cobalt and Xenon v8 users with a companion license to Graphite. Upgrades are available from previous versions from the past 10 years, with prices varying according to the age of the software.

About Ashlar-Vellum

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Announces Cobalt™ & Xenon™ Solo

October 10, 2013, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announces Cobalt v8 Solo and Xenon v8 Solo, two new price points in their Designer Elements product line of 3D solid and surface modeling software. Traditionally bundled with a companion license to Graphite™, Ashlar-Vellum’s precision 2D/3D CAD and wireframe drafting package, Cobalt and Xenon are now available individually without Graphite at lower price points on both Mac and Windows.

Robert Bou, president of Ashlar-Vellum, commented, “This is just one more way that Ashlar-Vellum always provides the best value for our customers.”

Featuring Ashlar-Vellum’s award-winning Organic Workflow™, their non-linear design process, both Cobalt and Xenon offer:

  • Class-A NURBS surfaces, ACIS solids and intuitive wireframe modeling in one seamless, non-modal package.
  • The Drafting Assistant™ user interface for intelligent snaps and alignments in X, Y & Z.
  • Full associatively and history for fast design revisions.
  • Professional drafting with associative dimensioning and model analysis.
  • More than 30 professional translators.

In addition, Cobalt adds to the list above:

  • On-demand parametrics for design variations and product families.
  • 3D mechanical parts library of 149,000 bearings, bolts, nuts and other parts.

With the introduction of Cobalt and Xenon Solo, Ashlar-Vellum has also reduced the prices of their 3D modeling products across the board:

  • Cobalt v8 Solo                     US $1495
  • Cobalt v8 Plus Graphite v8  US $2495 (formerly US $2995)
  • Xenon v8 Solo                     US $  995
  • Xenon v8 Plus Graphite v8  US $1995 (formerly US $2495)
  • Argon v8                              US $  695 (formerly US $995)

About Ashlar-Vellum

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Creates Job Board

June 18, 2013, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announces the creation of their new Job Board, connecting those looking for skilled design professionals with those looking for design work.

On the Ashlar-Vellum Job Board those with experience in Ashlar-Vellum software can post their resumes, while those needing to hire great designers can post their job openings. Positions and assistance include:

  • Full-time
  • Part-time
  • Freelance
  • Contract

“The Job Board is just one way that we continue to build the community of Ashlar-Vellum users around the world, said Robert Bou, president of Ashlar-Vellum.

Those posting a job or resume before the end of July 2013 will receive a discount coupon to use on their next upgrade or new purchase.

About Ashlar-Vellum

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Releases Graphite™ version 8 Service Pack 4

March 7, 2013, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announces the release of Service Pack 4 for Graphite version 8, their 2D/3D wireframe drafting program.

Graphite v8 SP4 precision CAD software includes a number of resolutions and enhancements, including:

  • An updated PDF export feature which includes bitmaps.
  • An enhanced PDF export feature which optionally exports visible layers only or current sheet only.
  • An updated Dimension Tool Palette resolving issues with macros and linear dimensions.
  • No temp files in the drawing folder.
  • An updated Save Palettes function that saves the screen position of the navigator palette.
  • A new software installer preventing installation by non-administrators.
  • Streamlined user registration giving customers a choice of online or USB key security.
  • An enhancement that launches multiple .vc6 files within the same instance of Graphite when double clicking on a file icon.
  • Improved flexibility within the Undo system regarding customized system configurations.
  • A bug fix for Windows 7 that corrects the printing of duplicate pages.
  • Code Signatures for both Apple and Microsoft operating systems for streamlined installation.

Service Pack 4 is a free update available to all those on Graphite v8, including Cobalt and Xenon v8 users with a courtesy license to Graphite. Upgrades are available from previous versions, with prices varying according to the age of the software.

About Ashlar-Vellum

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Receives Global Product
Differentiation Excellence Award from Frost & Sullivan

February 5, 2013, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announces the receipt of the 2012 Global Product Differentiation Excellence Award in Computer-Aided Design & Modeling Software from market research firm Frost & Sullivan.

Frost & Sullivan sets Ashlar-Vellum CAD and 3D modeling software above it’s competitors because:

“In comparison to other market participants, Frost & Sullivan points out that what Ashlar-Vellum has accomplished in its Cobalt™ product with the Organic Workflow™ design process is true differentiation by providing design software that is modeled after realistic, human creative product development process. This solution does not impose a fixed design process on the user. Cobalt essentially behaves like an intuitive extension of a creative designer’s internal thought process during conceptualization and design.”

The report goes on to specify:

“The primary difference between Ashlar-Vellum’s product and other solutions available on the market is not the depth of Cobalt’s features, but the availability of all the features in a holistic, transparent way that enables the user to create concepts in an intuitive, unobstructed manner.”

“Ashlar-Vellum’s Organic Workflow proves that the vendor genuinely understands its customers.”

Robert Bou, president of Ashlar-Vellum, commented, “We are pleased to be recognized as leaders in the industry in this way. Ashlar-Vellum is committed to developing powerful design tools with the most intuitive user interface possible.”

Having been granted the award in October 2012, Frost & Sullivan reserved the right to release the information exclusively to their own subscribers. Ashlar-Vellum has just now received permission to announce the award publicly.

About Ashlar-Vellum

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Wins
the 2012 Global CAD & Modeling Software
Product Differentiation Excellence Award

October 8, 2012, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announced that they have been awarded the 2012 Global CAD and Modeling Software Product Differentiation Excellence Award from a prestigiously-named market research and analysis firm.

Unfortunately, without the requisite US $40,000 to “license” the award Ashlar-Vellum is not allowed to mention the name of the awarding firm, much less receive any benefit from it including press announcements, quotes, or copies of the report.

“It’s a sad day when awards have to be purchased instead of given because of merit,” remarked Robert Bou, president of Ashlar-Vellum. “It makes it difficult for small firms to innovate and casts a shadow across awards given in all industries.”

About Ashlar-Vellum

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Announces Competitive Comparison

August 15, 2012, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announced today a new competitive comparison contrasting their Organic Workflow™ design paradigm with seven of the biggest competitors in the 3D modeling industry.

Ashlar-Vellum showed how their Cobalt™ software uniquely supports the five basic tenets of the Organic Workflow philosophy more effectively than any other software, including:

  • A non-linear workflow
  • Parametric history on demand
  • Transparent tools
  • Holistic tool palette
  • Continuous cross-team communications

Competitors included in the comparison are Alibre, SpaceClaim, KeyCreator, SolidThinking, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Alias and SolidWorks.

The analysis will be included next month in the Ashlar-Vellum user newsletter, The Design Explorer, and posted to their website at www.ashlar.com under the Products menu.

Robert Bou, president of Ashlar-Vellum remarked, “It’s because we consider the designer’s environment as a whole that Ashlar-Vellum software is so much more productive for many product designers, particularly non-linear thinkers who tend to think outside the box.“

About Ashlar-Vellum

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Announces Support for Mac OS X 10.8

July 27, 2012, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announced today support for the Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) operating system in their Cobalt™, Xenon™ and Argon™ v8 CAD and 3D Modeling software and Graphite™ 2D/3D CAD software.

“Ashlar-Vellum has been committed to the Mac operating system for over 20 years,” said Robert Bou, president of Ashlar-Vellum. “We will continue to develop CAD and 3D modeling programs that support both Mac and Windows operating environments.”

About Ashlar-Vellum

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Assists in Champion Design
of American Chopper Build-off

June 30, 2012, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announced today that their 2D/3D CAD package, Graphite™ v8, was used by Vince Costa of American Suspension to support Paul Teutul, Jr. pin designing innovative parts for the winning entry of the Discovery Channel’s American Chopper Build-off.

Inspired by the P51 Mustang fighter planes, Costa used Graphite software to design a never-before-used single-sided swing-arm front suspension, which attached the wheel on just one side of the motorcycle, leaving the other side open, similar to the plane’s retractable landing gear.

“Graphite is the kind of program that for a smaller engineering, entrepreneurial kind of [company] like mine really works well,” said Costa. “With Graphite we’re able to make stuff really quick and easy. It’s worked great for us.”

About Ashlar-Vellum

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Confirms Support for Windows 8

January 15, 2012, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum confirms support for Mircosoft Windows 8 coming in their future version 9 of Graphite™ CAD software and Cobalt™, Xenon™ and Argon™ CAD and 3D Modeling programs, anticipated to be released sometime in 2013.

About Ashlar-Vellum

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Announces Vellum-Nitrogen™

November 14, 2011, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announces Vellum-Nitrogen to be released in Japan in the summer of 2012.

Vellum-Nitrogen, the Unicode variant of Ashlar-Vellum’s Graphite 2D/3D CAD program, will be specifically configured and packaged for Japanese distribution. It supports over 100,000 characters from multiple language sets, and will be aimed at the general design market in Japan. The release for the Windows operating system is anticipated in the third quarter, while the version to support the latest Macintosh operating systems is scheduled for Q4.

Ashlar-Vellum’s long time partner, Comnet, will handle distribution of the product.

“With over 10,000 users of older Ashlar-Vellum technology in Japan, we are looking forward to supporting those awaiting new releases on both the Mac and Windows platforms,” remarked Robert Bou, president of Ashlar-Vellum.

About Ashlar-Vellum

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Expands European Operations

August 1, 2011, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announced today the expansion of their European offices in September into additional offices in Kiev, Ukraine. The new space will be used to provide space for an expanded development.

Robert Bou, president of Ashlar-Vellum, commented, “Kiev has a deep pool of talented science and engineering programmers. This, coupled with the region’s strong desire to integrate rapidly into the rest of Europe, makes it the ideal location to expand our European development operations.”

About Ashlar-Vellum

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Announces Victory in Japan

July 1, 2011, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announced today that their law suit with Concepts Technology in Japan is finally over. For many years, Concepts Technology, and prior to that Famotik, have attempted to usurp Ashlar’s source code and trademarks.

In the spring of 2006 Concepts Technology sued Comnet, Ashlar Incorporated’s OEM partner and Ashlar-Vellum’s Japanese distributor, claiming that they owned all the original source code to Vellum® and Graphite™.

In the spring of 2010 we received the full judgment from the Japanese court with the following results:

  • The court upheld Ashlar Incorporated’s ownership of the Vellum registered trademark in Japan, just as the Patent & Trademark office did.
  • The software of both Ashlar Incorporated and Concepts Technologies has been found to contain source code from the other company.
  • Concepts Technology is ordered to stop selling their software and pay Ashlar Incorporated ¥58,206,284, or approximately US $748,000, in damages for the unauthorized use of our source code and trademarks.
  • Comnet, is ordered to stop selling Box Vellum Graphite and Ashlar-Vellum Graphite, and pay Concepts Technology ¥4,540,000, or about US $50,000, primarily for infringing activities engaged in prior to entering into a relationship with Ashlar Incorporated.
  • There was no judgment against Ashlar Incorporated of any kind.

At that time Comnet appealed the decision and posted the appellate bond of ¥4,540,000. Concepts Technology also filed for appeal but never paid the appellate bond.

Several hearings were heard by Japan’s special High Technology Court of Appeals, during which time Ashlar’s right to sue, and their ownership of source code and trademarks were upheld and all parties encouraged to settle the dispute out of court. When efforts to settle failed, the courts rendered judgment in late June of this year, upholding the lower court’s ruling in all matters brought before them.

The results of that judgment upheld the original development contract signed in the mid ’90s by Ashlar Incorporated and Famotik. The judgement delineated Ashlar Incorporated as the owner of the Vellum 2.7 base code plus “extensions” found in future versions. It specified that Concepts Technology owns the “additions” to this source code, limited to the modules for surfacing, rendering, hidden line removal and interface, including the IGES and BMI translators. These features were part of Vellum 3.0, 4.0, 98, 99, then removed after Ashlar split with Famotik and created Graphite. Unfortunately, some non-functional modules and source code fragments from the deleted features remained in early versions of Graphite. In order to make a clean break, the judgment disallows Ashlar-Vellum’s distributor, Comnet, from selling any product called Graphite in Japan and Concepts Technology from selling anything called Draftboard.

Comnet, Ashlar-Vellum and Ashlar Incorporated will be introducing new software into the Japanese market with all fragments of the Famotik additions removed. Moreover, the software will be converted to Unicode supporting over 100,000 characters from multiple language sets. The new software is anticipated to be called Vellum-Nitrogen™. Concepts Technology still owes Ashlar Incorporated the original judgment plus interest.

About Ashlar-Vellum

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Works with SimLab Composer

May 12, 2011, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announced today the testing and support of Ashlar-Vellum 3D modeling files in conjunction with SimLabs 3D PDF and iPad viewing.

Any 3D models created in Ashlar-Vellum Cobalt™, Xenon™ or Argon™ programs can be viewed on the Apple iPad when exported to an iPad ZIM file using any of the SimLab Composer programs, priced from US $99 to US $249.

Animations of Ashlar-Vellum 3D models can be rendered with materials and added to PDF documents using SimLab Composer Animation Edition ($249). 3D PDF files must be viewed using Adobe Acrobat Reader.

“Customers who need to view 3D files on the iPAD or who need to incorporate 3D PDFs into their documents are encouraged to evaluate the SimLab products,” said Robert Bou, president of Ashlar-Vellum.

About Ashlar-Vellum

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ to Discontinue Upgrades on Legacy Software

March 24, 2011, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announced today it will discontinue upgrades for versions of their CAD and 3D Modeling software packages over 10 years old, effective July 1st, 2011. These upgrades apply to Ashlar-Vellum’s oldest versions of Vellum 2D™, Vellum 3D™, Vellum Draft™ and Vellum Solids™, all released between 1989 and 2001. Software over 10 years old will no longer be considered eligible for standard upgrade pricing.

Ashlar-Vellum is offering discounts between 10% to 30% to any customers still using the old software until May 31st, 2011 to upgrade to their current versions of Graphite™ v8 2D/3D CAD, and Cobalt™ and Xenon™ v8 CAD and 3D Modeling software.

“We have one of the most liberal legacy software upgrade policies in the CAD industry,” commented Robert Bou, president of Ashlar-Vellum. “I hope those needing to upgrade will take advantage of this offer.”

About Ashlar-Vellum

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Announces Support for Unicode

February 28, 2011, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announces support for Unicode in their Graphite 2D/3D Computer-aided Design program. Unicode will be implemented in Japanese versions of Vellum-Nitrogen v8 and in the future Graphite v9, worldwide.

ASCII and ISO 8859 computer text traditionally can only read 256 characters from any one language at a time. This makes it difficult to use multiple languages in a document or to support ideogram languages such as Chinese. By implementing Unicode, a program can support over 100,000 characters from multiple langue sets.

Robert Bou, president of Ashlar-Vellum remarked, “The implementation of Unicode supports today’s global economy where design projects are shared seamlessly by international teams.”

About Ashlar-Vellum

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Releases Graphite™ version 8 Service Pack 3

January 26, 2011, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announces the release of Service Pack 3 for Graphite version 8, their software for 2D/3D precision wireframe drafting.

Over a dozen user-requested enhancements and issues were addressed in this service pack such as:

  • Implemented Preference setting for mouse wheel direction.
  • Added support for first pen button on some Windows tablets.
  • Clarified Edit Object dialog box for midpoint line objects.
  • Enhanced Preferences to track arrow settings for Pen menu.

Service Pack 3 is a free update available to all those on Graphite v8, including Cobalt and Xenon v8 users with a courtesy license to Graphite. Upgrades are available from previous versions, with prices varying according to the age of the software.

About Ashlar-Vellum

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Annouces Alchemy:Essential™ & Alchemy:Adept™ Beta

May 18, 2010, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announced today the beta release of their two Alchemy plug-ins for file transformation. With Alchemy:Essential and Alchemy:Adept users can open SolidWorks, Autodesk Inventor and Catia v4 files directly in Ashlar-Vellum Cobalt™, Xenon™ and Argon™ on either Mac or Windows. Using Alchemy:Adept they can also open Catia v5, Pro/E and Siemens NX files.

The Alchemy plug-ins import the geometry from an extensive list of 3D modeling packages. They offer some of the most advanced healing technology available saving hours of manual rework. Both accessories require v8 SP3 of Cobalt, Xenon or Argon, now in beta.

Upon full release, Alchemy:Essential will sell for US $995 and Alchemy:Adept for US $2,995, but Ashlar-Vellum is offering special beta period pricing of US $595 and US $1995 respectively. Both accessories require v8 SP3 of Cobalt, Xenon or Argon, also in beta.

The Alchemy plug-ins are the latest addition to the Ashlar-Vellum Designer Elements™ product line of engineering software on Mac and Windows. For a complete list of import formats or to learn more, visit Ashlar-Vellum website at www.ashlar.com.

About Ashlar-Vellum

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Releases Graphite™ version 8 Service Pack 2

January 28, 2010, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announces the release of Service Pack 2 for Graphite version 8, their software for 2D/3D precision wireframe drafting.

The highlights of v8 SP 2 include:

  • Support for large format printers at high resolution
  • Direct access to tutorials and sample files from within Graphite
  • Numerous bug fixes and functional enhancements

Robert Bou, president of Ashlar-Vellum commented, “This service pack supports our customers’ demand for bigger and better output from their printers.”

Service Pack 2 is a free update available to all those on Graphite v8, including Cobalt and Xenon v8 users with a courtesy license to Graphite. Upgrades are available from previous versions, with prices varying according to the age of the software.

About Ashlar-Vellum

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Releases Cobalt™, Xenon™ & Argon™ version 8 Service Pack 2

October 29, 2009, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announced today the release of Service Pack 2 for Cobalt, Xenon and Argon version 8, their trio of products for precision 3D modeling, drafting and photo-realistic rendering.

The highlights of v8 SP 2 include:

  • Non photo-realistic sketch rendering
  • Layer sets
  • User-defined stroke shortcuts to activate any menu command or icon
  • Easy access to tutorials and sample files through the menus
  • A host of minor enhancements and bug fixes
  • Support for Windows 7 and Mac Snow Leopard

“Sketch rendering completes the v8 road map,” commented Robert Bou, president of Ashlar-Vellum. “This valuable feature sells for hundreds of dollars as an add-on from many of our competitors. We also added many user-requested refinements to round out the v8 packages for Cobalt, Xenon and Argon.”

Service Pack 2 is a free update available to all those on Cobalt, Xenon and Argon v8. Upgrades are available from previous versions, with prices varying according to the age of the software.

About Ashlar-Vellum

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Encourages Entrepreneurs to Reach for Your Dream

February 12, 2009, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum introduced today Reach for Your Dream, their new promotion to encourage entrepreneurial spirit among those who have been caught in the current economic downturn.

With proof of unemployment, recent graduation, or the recent establishment of a new business, Ashlar-Vellum is offering a 3-month trial license to Cobalt, their flagship 3D modeling program with a courtesy license to Graphite, their unique 2D/3D precision drafting program.

After 3 months, with the submission of two drawings or models for the Ashlar-Vellum website Gallery, participants are eligible a 50% discount off the monthly rental price of any program for up to one year.

“We understand what it is to be a tiny David in a land filled with Goliaths,” said Robert Bou, president of Ashlar-Vellum. “As a small business ourselves, we know that tiny break can make all the difference in the world in times like these.”

Ashlar-Vellum wants to inspire users to develop new businesses or bring new products of their own to market. “It’s more than just helping someone get a job,” said Bou. “It’s allowing all of us to help our economy grow.”

To participate in Ashlar-Vellum’s Reach for Your Dream program, visit their website at www.ashlar.com for details and to get a copy of their special use agreement.

About Ashlar-Vellum

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Releases Cobalt™, Xenon™ & Argon™ version 8 Service Pack 1

December 9, 2008, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announced today the release of Service Pack 1 for Cobalt, Xenon and Argon version 8, their trio of products for 3D modeling.

Ashlar-Vellum President, Robert Bou, commented, “This Service Pack delivers significant performance advantages for our MAC customers and has hundreds of small enhancements that will benefit every user.”

The highlights of v8 SP1 include:

  • Optimizations for the Intel Mac with a performance increase of 3X on zoom, pan and selection functions, and 2X for file loading under Leopard.
  • Lightworks support for multicore now on Mac.
  • Materials and colors designated per face.
  • Document thumbnails for Finder and Windows Explorer.
  • Hundreds of user requested enhancements and bug fixes.

This free update is available to all those on Cobalt, Xenon and Argon v8. Upgrades are available from previous versions, with prices varying according to the age of the software.

About Ashlar Incorporated

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Graphite™ V8 SP 1 Named Staff Pick by Apple

October 27, 2008, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum Graphite v8 SP1 was named last week as a Staff Pick by Apple Computer. The 2D/3D wireframe computer-aided drafting software is a Top Download in both the All Downloads and Imaging & 3D categories on the Apple website at www.apple.com/downloads.

The highlights of Graphite v8 SP1 include:

  • Improved DWG/DXF translation including import of AutoCAD layouts with their views into Graphite sheets.
  • Improved PDF smart-data export.
  • Optimizations for the Intel Mac with a performance increase of 3X on zoom, pan and selection functions, and 2X for file loading under Leopard.

About Ashlar Incorporated

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Releases Graphite™ version 8 Service Pack 1

September 15, 2008, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announced today the release of Service Pack 1 for Graphite version 8, their software for 2D/3D wireframe computer aided drafting.

Ashlar-Vellum President, Robert Bou, commented, “This Service Pack delivers significantly upgraded AutoCAD interoperability along with further improvements to our PDF export. This one-two punch further enables seamless and continuous cross team communications, a key component of Ashlar-Vellum’s Organic Workflow™.”

The highlights of Graphite v8 SP1 include:

  • Improved DWG/DXF translation including import of AutoCAD layouts with their views into Graphite sheets.
  • Improved PDF smart-data export including support for more fonts and line weights.
  • Support for AutoCAD DWG/DXF 2008.
  • Improved printing of diagonal lines.
  • Optimizations for the Intel Mac with a performance increase of 3X on zoom, pan and selection functions, and 2X for file loading under Leopard.

This free update is available to all those on Graphite v8 including Ashlar-Vellum Cobalt and Xenon users with courtesy licenses to Graphite v8.

About Ashlar Incorporated

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Roofing Contractor Solutions Inc to License Ashlar’s Graphite™ Custom

September 2, 2008 Austin, TX. Ashlar Incorporated announced this week an agreement with Roofing Contractor Solutions Inc. to license Ashlar-Vellum Graphite Custom software. RCSI will use Graphite Custom as the basis on which to develop a new estimating application to assist the building industry.

Bill Sullivan, CEO of RCSI, commented that, “We examined a variety of CAD platforms on which to build our software and decided that Graphite’s ease of use, flexibility and power were unmatched by any other.”

Ashlar-Vellum President, Robert Bou, had this to say, “RCSI’s needs match exactly what we have to offer: a powerful CAD package with an easy user interface that is highly customizable, allowing them to create a small foot-print application that directly addresses their customer’s needs.”

Both companies are looking forward to a long and prosperous working relationship.

About Ashlar Incorporated

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Releases Cobalt™, Xenon™ and Argon™ Version 8 for Mac

July 9, 2008, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announced this week the release of Cobalt, Xenon and Argon v8 on Mac OS X Leopard. The trio of products for 3D modeling within product design was previously released on the Windows XP and Vista operating systems in January.

Ashlar-Vellum President, Robert Bou, commented, “We’re very proud of our development team. Support for the Mac Intel required an entire rewrite into X-code, not simply recompiling the software. Not only did the team accomplish the transition, they advanced our software in areas that will make our customers more productive and communicative in their design work.”

The new and enhanced features within v8 support Ashlar-Vellum’s unique philosophy of Organic Workflow, introduced earlier this year. A few of the many features and enhancements include:

  • Direct, multi-sheet PDF creation with optionally embedded source and exported files
  • Updated ACIS with enhanced STEP, IGES and Catia translators
  • Batch Convert tool
  • Photo-realistic views in Model to Sheet
  • Imported bitmaps now support alpha channel
  • Real-time environment maps in the edit window

About Ashlar Incorporated

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Announces Organic Workflow™

April 11, 2008, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum introduced this week their new product design philosophy of Organic Workflow at the Congress of the Future of Engineering Software in Scottsdale, AZ.

Organic Workflow is what Ashlar-Vellum calls the non-linear creative process that allows designers to create outstanding products through easy design iteration, transparent tools and hands-on control of the production process.

Ashlar-Vellum President, Robert Bou, commented, “Ashlar-Vellum’s philosophy of Organic Workflow provides greater productivity in two ways. First, by enabling greater creativity through transparent tools that work as an extension of the designer without technical distractions. Second, once that creativity has gelled, Organic Workflow enables the communication of those ideas as quickly as possible to others on the team. This includes minimal button clicks and easy design iteration so that last minute changes can ripple through dozens of documents as needed.”

Software that supports Organic Workflow allows a designer to start anywhere in the design process, move freely in any direction, sustain change while maintaining integrity and gather inspiration along the way. Ashlar-Vellum uniquely supports Organic Workflow through:

  • Non-linear Workflow
  • Parametric History on Demand
  • Transparent Tools
  • Holistic Tool Palette
  • Continuous Cross-team Communications

Non-linear Workflow
An organic workflow is a non-linear or non-serial workflow. It fosters flexibility, spontaneity and free play by the designer as he or she works through ideas and tries new things.

Parametric History on Demand
Parametric history is a designer’s most powerful tool, making design changes fast and easy. But it can also constrain creativity and become a bother. If a designer is free to use parametric history when needed, yet ignore it during the times when it’s not, it greatly increases the creative process. Ashlar-Vellum Cobalt and Xenon software uniquely allows designers to use history on demand to explore a design as best fits the process. (History is not available in Argon.)

Transparent Tools
Like all great tools, product design software must disappear into the background, becoming an automatic extension of the designer as he or she concentrates on the project at hand. Ashlar-Vellum tools are so transparent they don’t require the designer to think about them. They work the way a designer thinks. They are easy to learn and allow the designer to simply play.

Holistic Tool Palette
Designers require a holistically integrated palette of both engineering and design tools that includes wireframes, solids and surfaces without switching from one mode to another. They want to freely sketch, develop the model, provide photo-realistic renderings, animations and precision engineering drawings, using the same program. Ashlar-Vellum provides a uniquely holistic palette of tools giving designers power that was previously only available to engineers.

Continuous Cross-team Communications
Because product design is an organic process, different deliverables are required by different people along the way. Our software never demands that X, Y and Z be completed before A, B or C can be shown. Pass any type of 2D or 3D data to any part of your team at any point in the process.

Ashlar-Vellum designers create some of the most amazing products in the world. By starting with a designer’s point of view and being allowed to experiment, explore and play, they not only make their designs come alive they make life better.

For more information, view the 27-minute movie featuring 15 designers from around the world at http://www.ashlar.com/products/organic-workflow.html.

About Ashlar Incorporated

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Releases Cobalt™, Xenon™ and Argon™ Version 8 for Windows

February 8, 2008, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announced today the release of version 8 on Windows of Cobalt, Xenon and Argon, their hybrid solid, surface and wireframe 3D modeling programs for product design.

The Windows release of version 8 precedes the release on Macintosh. Work continues for that platform.

Ashlar-Vellum president, Robert Bou, commented, “We analyzed what our users required for the next level of productivity and implemented nearly 50 new and enhanced features. Version 8 represents a major step in productivity for designers.”

The Version 8 release of Cobalt, Xenon and Argon features a number of enhancements. A few of these include:

  • Direct, Multi-sheet PDF Creation with Optionally Embedded Source and Exported Files
  • Updated ACIS with enhanced STEP, IGES and Catia Translators
  • Batch Convert Tool
  • Photo-realistic Views in Model to Sheet
  • Imported Bitmaps Support Alpha Channel
  • Real-time Environment Maps in Edit Window

About Ashlar Incorporated

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Releases Graphite v8

April 2, 2007 Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announced today the release of Graphite v8. This much-anticipated release offers some excellent productivity enhancements to the user interface and the functionality of this 2D/3D wireframe drafting program on both Mac and Windows platforms.

Ashlar-Vellum president, Robert Bou, commented, “Our new software development team has done an outstanding job in a relatively short amount of time. I’m very proud of our team and what they’ve accomplished.”

Graphite v8 includes an updated user interface with new icons, resizable dialog boxes and pull down menus that can be torn off. There is also support for AutoCAD 2007 DWG/DXF, a new pen style palette, and direct, multi-sheet PDF creation with embedded source and export files. Universal Binary support for the Intel Mac and additional interface enhancements are coming in the first service pack, available free to all v8 license owners.

Ashlar-Vellum product manager, Greg Morgan, had this to say about the new release, “I find it much more productive than previous versions. A number of menu items are now icons in the tool palettes. The new eyedropper tool is a cool addition. The new DXF 2007 functionality works smoothly and the PDF export is a nice option.”

About Ashlar Incorporated

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Introduces Podcast Tutorials

December 5, 2006, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum recently introduced the use of podcast technology for delivering training materials to customers of the 3D solid and surface modeling software. The Lense Housing Tutorial is the first Ashlar-Vellum tutorial in podcast format, available for play on an iPod or through QuickTime on any Mac or Windows personal computer.

In the tutorial Greg Morgan, Ashlar-Vellum product manager, walks through the completion of a typical part for general manufacturing. “I show you how to set up the workspace, lathe a profile, change resolution and extrude a part,” said Morgan. “I also talk about working with layers, editing geometry, overbuilding geometry, importing from Adobe Illustrator, and offer some other very important program tricks.”

“Podcast technology is an exciting way to deliver training and enhance our customer’s initial experience with our software,” said Robert Bou, president of Ashlar-Vellum. “We are always looking for innovative ways to share what we call the “Vellum Magic,” the uniqueness of our interface, that makes our customers more productive and increases their profitability.”

“The podcast compresses this 26-minute movie into a 60 MB file that can be downloaded to an iPod or any computer using QuickTime. The tutorial is also available in larger resolution (135 MB) for Adobe Flash Player on the Ashlar-Vellum website.”

To download the podcast go to: http://gregsashlar.podcasts.vellum.com/gp1/gregs-ashlar/D827AFD9-4B2F-4E26-B11F-649B90BE8607.html.

To download the high resolution version go to: http://www.ashlar.com/support/3d-modeling-tutorials.html#lense-housing.

About Ashlar Incorporated

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Announces Graphite™ Enterprise Licensing

November 20, 2006, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum today announced the introduction of enterprise-wide licensing for Graphite precision drafting software on an annual basis. Multiple options are available to fit the size of any organization.

Robert Bou, president of Ashlar-Vellum, commented, “This is a useful option, not only for those corporations who are standardized on Graphite as their only CAD program, but also for those companies who are standardized on other software in their engineering departments yet need a powerful and compatible, easy to use and deploy drawing system throughout the rest of their organization.”

Graphite Enterprise licensing differs from the site licensing offered by other CAD companies in the following ways:

  • Graphite provides the power and precision without the steep learning curve of other CAD packages.
  • Graphite supports a user’s choice of platform including Mac, Windows, and soon Linux.
  • Graphite Enterprise doesn’t lure users with crippled or low-end software just to make them upgrade to a real solution.
  • Graphite Enterprise does not lock users out of files or charge exorbitant prices for translations like other companies do to users who don’t renew their annual license. Ashlar-Vellum’s free utility, Graphite Share™, opens, views, prints and exports files to other formats.
  • Multiple options provide as much or as little support, orientation, consulting and training as desired.
  • Multi-tier licensing is available for various sized groups at cost effective prices. Two examples include a workgroup license for up to 50 people on both Mac and Windows as low as US $11,500 per year, or a global enterprise license of up to 25,000 users for only US $115,000 per year.

More information on the Graphite Enterprise program is available at http://www.ashlar.com/2d-3d-drafting/2d-3d-cad-graphite-enterprise.html.

About Ashlar Incorporated

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Empowers Girlstart

June 27, 2006, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announced today the donation of 26 seats of their Argon™ 3D modeling software to Girlstart, for use in the organization’s Dream Spaces summer camp program.

Girlstart provides girls with the opportunity to explore math, science, engineering and technology. The organization educates and motivates girls to achieve the knowledge and confidence to participate in advanced math and science classes and future careers. Ashlar-Vellum created a tutorial especially for the girls, ages 11 to 13, which includes constructing a precision 3D solid model of a vase, outputting a dimensioned drawing, rendering a photo-realist image, and creating an animated movie.

“This camp marks the first time our girls will get introduced to 3D modeling using professional-level tools to create real products,” said Rachel Muir, founder of Girlstart. “It is a dynamic and engaging opportunity for our campers to learn new skills. Our Dream Spaces camps are sold out this year and we have a waiting list of girls wanting to get in.”

“We look forward to growing new users as these young women learn the joy of design,” commented Robert Bou, president of Ashlar-Vellum. “Our unique software interface makes it easy enough for new designers to concentrate on the product they’re designing. They get precision results without struggling with the software.”

Girlstart is a non-profit organization providing high quality programs that increase the level of technology opportunities for girls and their families. Founded in 1997 in Austin, Texas, it has quickly established itself as a best-case practices leader in empowering girls to become more proficient in math, science and technology. The organization offers a variety of educational formats designed for girls ages 9 - 15 through after-school programs, Saturday camps, and summer day camps. Girlstart serves a population that includes at-risk and minority girls. To learn more, see their website at www.girlstart.org.

About Ashlar Incorporated

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Announces Rental Pricing

June 6, 2006, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum today announced the availability of yearly and monthly rental pricing for their precision drafting and 3D modeling software programs. The latest releases of Cobalt™, Xenon™, Argon™ and Graphite™ are all available under both of these programs.

“While buying a permanent license is still least expensive in the long run, rentals offer an excellent alternative for those who need a lower cost of entry without a long-term commitment,” said Robert Bou, president of Ashlar-Vellum. “It’s also a great way when you need additional seats on a temporary basis, say for summer interns or a short-term project. This is just one more example of how Ashlar-Vellum leads the industry in accommodating our customers’ business practices.”

One-year rentals are available with or without physical materials. Major upgrades are included via electronic download. Up to 50% of the total current continuous rental fees may be applied toward 50% of the permanent license price.

Monthly rentals are electronic download only with no physical materials shipped, however documentation sets and/or a CD may be purchased separately. The first and last month’s payments are required to begin, then the monthly fee is billed to the credit card. Customers may cancel at anytime, but refunds are not available. Major upgrades are included via electronic download. Up to 50% of the total current continuous rental fees may be applied toward 50% of the permanent license price.

  Permanent
w/Materials
1-Year
E-only
Monthly
E-only
Cobalt US $3,995.00 US $1,596.00 US $159.95
Xenon US $2,995.00 US $1,095.00 US $109.95
Argon US $995.00 US $395.00 US $39.90
Graphite US $995.00 US $395.00 US $39.90

About Ashlar Incorporated

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Support for Macintosh on Intel

Updated April 26, 2006, Austin, TX. The Ashlar-Vellum development staff is diligently working to create native universal binary versions for the Mac to run on both the PowerPC and Intel platforms. Please be aware that this issue affects every graphics software producer in the world. It is not just Ashlar-Vellum who is wrestling with this issue.

Ashlar-Vellum Cobalt 7.0

Written by Al Dean for MCAD

March 21, 2006, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum is one of the few developers to create a professional grade system that’s available on both the Windows and Macintosh platforms. Ad Dean looks at Cobalt 7.0.

Ashlar-Vellum™ Wins Copy Infringement Case against Disaro Benelux, BV

October 20, 2005, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announced today their latest intellectual property victory in the Court of Arnhem, the Netherlands. In the decision, all relevant claims by Ashlar-Vellum against Disaro Benelux, BV, formerly Vellum Benelux, BV, were sustained.

The court determined that not only did Disaro infringe upon the trademark rights of Ashlar, Incorporated, but also the copyrights on the software. Disaro has been ordered to pay court costs and damages to be determined in further proceedings.

Commented Robert Bou, president of Ashlar-Vellum, “We are extremely pleased with this victory. This has global ramifications for our court cases pending in Germany and Japan. A victory in one country carries certain weight when it is submitted as evidence in another country.”

Ashlar-Vellum continues to pursue the intellectual property rights to their trade names, logo and software around the world.

About Ashlar Incorporated

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Releases Graphite™ v7.6 Service Pack 2

September 21, 2005, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum today announced the availability of Service Pack 2 for Graphite v7.6. This free service pack rolls together several minor issues with v7.4 that have previously been hot-fixed, plus the translation of Graphite into Japanese using the ShiftJIS character set. The service pack includes a new, user-friendly download process for Mac OS X.

The service pack is free for the download to all current users of Graphite v7.X, including those who have a courtesy license through their Cobalt and Xenon v6 and v7 licenses. A CD-ROM may also be ordered for US $8.25, plus shipping and handling.

To download the free service pack or to purchase the CD, go to: http://www.ashlar.com/products/cad-and-3d-modeling-software-uprgades.html

For those customers under the Ashlar Service Advantage Program (ASAP) maintenance contract for physical materials, the CDs will be mailed free of charge.

About Ashlar Incorporated

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Releases Cobalt™, Xenon™ & Argon™ Version 7

August 25, 2005, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announced today the release of version 7 of Cobalt, Xenon and Argon, their hybrid 3D solid and surface modeling software for Macintosh and Windows.

Says Robert Bou, president of Ashlar-Vellum, “Version 7 provides significant improvements over version 6 in both stability and speed. It just simply works better. We’ve also added a few interface enhancements that people will be delighted with. Customers upgrading to the new release will be pleased.”

In addition to a seriously reworked infrastructure, v7 also includes the updated ACIS 12 modeling kernel and Lightworks 7.4 rendering engine. Improved translators for IGES, STEP, CATIA and Rhino are incorporated, along with improvements to the Design Explorer Feature Tree. Support for 3dconnexion’s motion controllers has also been added for Windows users.

“We’ve listened to our customers who have told us over and over, “Make it rock solid,”” stated Greg Morgan, product manager. “That’s exactly what we’ve done.”

About Ashlar Incorporated

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum™ Wins Second Trademark Suit against POSH, GmbH

June 29, 2005, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum announced today their latest intellectual property victory in Federal Court, Munich, Germany. In the decision, POSH GmbH, formerly Vellum, GmbH, was ordered to pay damages, and to turn over all customer and contact records in order to assess the amount of these damages, for the unlawful use of the Ashlar bricks logo.

Commented Robert Bou, president of Ashlar-Vellum, “This is tremendous victory. It will allow us to open a dialogue with and start serving all of those customers who unfortunately believed that they were buying products officially sanctioned by Ashlar-Vellum in the United States.”

Ashlar-Vellum has previously settled the Vellum trademark suit against POSH, GmbH, whereby POSH agreed to stop using the name Vellum.

Ashlar-Vellum continues to pursue the intellectual property rights to their trade names, logo and software around the world. Next they intend to file a lawsuit in the Munich courts over the sale of Draftboard software, which Ashlar alleges is a direct derivative of their Vellum software and is being sold by POSH without a license.

About Ashlar Incorporated

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum Names Christopher Griffin as Vice President of Software Development

June 28, 2005, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum, the industry leader for innovative computer-aided drafting and 3D modeling software, today announced the addition of Christopher Griffin as Vice President of Software Development. With over 20 years of software and systems development experience, Griffin will lead the development team as they continue to introduce new ways of making Ashlar-Vellum products “software that works the way you think.”™

Ashlar-Vellum’s president, Robert Bou, commented, “Christopher brings not only world-class programming skills, but also management experience that will allow us to grow to the next level as an organization as we expand our operations on a global basis. We’re pleased to have him as a member of our team.”

As Vice President of Software Development at Ashlar-Vellum, Griffin is responsible for improving core functionality and features for all future Ashlar-Vellum products, including the 3D solid and surface modeling programs, Cobalt™, Xenon™, Argon™, and the 2D/3D precision drafting program, Graphite™. In addition to their U.S. development team, Griffin is also responsible to oversee the development effort in Ashlar-Vellum’s office in Kiev, Ukraine.

Says Griffin, “My goal at Ashlar-Vellum is to build a world-class development team that will benefit our customers with innovative products and services.”

Griffin previously architected, designed and implemented various human interface devices for Ashlar products. He has many years of experience leading top-performing teams in telecommunications, general research and development, and semiconductors. Prior to joining Ashlar-Vellum, Griffin worked for, among others, National Semiconductor, Tivoli Systems, and the Federal Aviation Administration.

About Ashlar Incorporated

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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Ashlar-Vellum Graphite Plug-in Available for Spotlight on Mac OS X Tiger

May 3, 2005, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum today announced the release of a Graphite plug-in for Spotlight concurrent with Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger on April 29th, 2005. This stand-alone plug-in allows Tiger’s Spotlight feature to instantly index Graphite files and extract metadata information.

Tiger’s Spotlight, combined with Graphite’s acclaimed Vellum® interface, offers an unparalleled level of ease-of-use in the computer-aided design world. Robert Bou, President of Ashlar-Vellum says, “We’re proud to be the first CAD company to release a plug-in for Apple’s new Spotlight technology, enabling ‘deep-search’ capabilities within our files. For 15 years Ashlar-Vellum and Apple have shared a similar philosophy, striving to enhance the bond between users and their creativity through the near-transparent use of technology.”

“The Spotlight feature in Tiger lets a user instantly find anything anywhere on their Mac and that will change the way people use their computers,” said Ron Okamoto, Apple’s Vice President of Worldwide Developer Relations. “The Graphite Spotlight plug-in makes excellent use of Tiger innovation to quickly index files and improve workflow.”

According to Apple, OS X Tiger’s Spotlight feature blazes through files and applications, offering results as soon as the first letter is typed. The Graphite plug-in allows Spotlight to index the content of Graphite files transparently from inside, not just the file name. It extracts all the text in a Graphite file and places it in a block of searchable text, speeding file location.

About Ashlar Incorporated

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

Ashlar-Vellum technology behind SpaceShipOne aircraft design

January 18, 2005, Austin, TX. Austin-based software developer confirms their technology’s significant role in the design of SpaceShipOne. Ashlar-Vellum congratulates Burt Rutan and his team at Scaled Composites on their second successful private manned flight into space on October 4, 2004 and ultimately winning the Ansari-X Prize of ten million dollars.

About Ashlar Incorporated

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

ORIDJINoffice™ system, a standout design concept at Macworld Expo 2005

January 18, 2005, Austin TX. After seeing the ORIDJINoffice™ system at the 2005 Macworld Expo, MacCentral writer Phillip Michaels said “I’m not sure words can do justice to the OridjinOffice from DesignJourney Industrial. So I’ll simply say that it may have been the coolest thing I saw all week-long at Expo. And I’m including the Mac mini and the iPod shuffle in that assessment…never under-estimate the impact a well-designed workspace can have on your productivity and happiness.”

The creator of the OridjinOffice system, Michael Golino of DesignJourney Industrial, was looking for a way to change contemporary workspaces. “ORIDJINoffice is a fresh approach and fundamental re-thinking of partition-based office systems. ORIDJINoffice began with basic questions: What should an office be? How should it function? What are the qualities that will make workers successful and still be pleasing? As we thought about the state of office environments we noticed that since the middle of the 20th century offices haven’t changed very much.”

Inspired to create a new working environment, Mr. Golino needed the right design tools to help him communicate his vision. He turned to Ashlar-Vellum’s Xenon to not only conceptualize but also fabricate the ORIDJINoffice system. “Xenon is so easy, I completed the project during the demo period. I downloaded Xenon just to evaluate which CAD package to buy, and ended up completing all my design and presentation work in two weeks.” The ORIDJINoffice system is “an extendible system that allows for an almost limitless number of floor plan arrangements. From traditional grids to clusters to random arrangements, ORIDJINoffice allows users to easily reconfigure an entire office in minutes and hours (not days) WITHOUT the need to hire specialized installers. Because every ORIDJIN-office is modular and on wheels, any individual can simply unlock the wheels, close the wings and easily push the entire unit to another location.”

About Ashlar Incorporated

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

The development team of Ashlar-Vellum continues to define the cutting edge of CAD software technology

December 14, 2004, Austin, TX. On Nov. 23, 2004 United States Patent 6,823,299 was awarded to Alfredo Contreras, Jeff White, and Bill Williams of Ashlar-Vellum Inc. Their new development was in the modeling of objects, systems, and simulations by establishing relationships in an event-driven graph in a computer-implemented graphics system. A computer-implemented graphics system defines an object-oriented framework for describing three-dimensional graphical objects, systems, and simulations. Bill Williams, who is not only part of the development team but also Vice President of Ashlar, said “We have patented a powerful and robust software paradigm that will enable our software to handle complex systems of objects, objects’ behaviors, and their association/relationship to one another. This will further our capability to allow our software to ‘work the way you think’.”

Ashlar has long had a tradition of innovation. The company’s founder, Martin Newell, researched the interaction between a computer terminal and the computer user during the 80’s while working for Xerox PARC. This research contributed to the development of the graphical user interface and the computer mouse. After leaving Xerox, Mr. Newell realized his vision of a ‘heads up’ CAD interface, where the user is free to focus on designing without distractions from the application. “From the beginning, Ashlar-Vellum has provided highly intuitive and easy to use tools that let designers quickly capture and present their ideas” says Robert Bou, Ashlar-Vellum’s President. “They function literally as extensions of a designer’s creativity. More than just tools, Vellum products become part of the designer and the designer’s process.”

Today, Ashlar-Vellum continues to develop 2D and 3D software products for designers who demand the freedom to concentrate on the creative process, not on the tools. Ashlar-Vellum’s latest products harness the potential of advanced surfaces and solids with an integrated, user-friendly design environment - letting conceptual designers create 3D models of complex, freeform designs on the Mac or PC desktop. Other patents awarded to Ashlar-Vellum have included innovations in the extrapolation of behavioral constraints in a computer-implemented graphics system, determining and displaying geometric relationships between objects, visualization techniques for constructive systems, and affinitive placement by proximity.

About Ashlar Incorporated

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

TSS Technologies sees client diversity as their key to success

December 13, 2004, Austin, TX. The defining characteristic of TSS Technologies is diversity. Diversity of products they manufacture as well the diversity of clients they supply. Since 1948, TSS has grown from a machine shop to a full service manufacturing company capable of fabricating individual parts as well as filling high volume orders. As their client base has grown so has the size of the company. Listed as one of the fifty fastest growing businesses in Cincinnati, they have expanded their manufacturing facility to 400,000 square feet and hired 300 additional team members. For eight years they have seen ten percent annual growth and the diversification of their client base to include medical, aerospace, automotive, consumer products, and packaging companies from around the world.

A key element to their success is the ability to consult with their clients during the initial design stage of a product. One of the tools they use to accomplish this is Argon, the Ashlar-Vellum Inc. solid modeling program. Jason Pippenger, Mfg. Engineer Manager for Plant 1 at TSS, said that “Argon is our software of choice for 2D & 3D CAD, we don’t have to labor over drawings anymore and there is very little training required before our new team members are productive on the program. It is amazing how quickly people grow and learn with Ashlar.” TSS has also found that the extensive translation capabilities of Ashlar-Vellum enable them to work with files that come from many different sources. The most useful for them are IGES and Parasolid. In an industry where hitting your delivery time is crucial, they have streamlined their process with Argon.

Recently, TSS Packaging/Regal North America was established as a direct result of a partnership with Regal Packaging from the UK. This division offers a complete system for filling and sealing preformed containers for foods, pharmaceuticals and sheets. As a single source supplier, TSS can supply filling and sealing equipment while integrating manufacturing systems throughout the entire plant. Ever mindful of quick-changing markets, and the increasing demands on customers’ production schedules, Regal North America has designed a range of filling systems to handle a diverse range of products. Ashlar-Vellum is proud to be a part of TSS Technologies success and look forward to working with them in the future.

About Ashlar Incorporated

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

THD Electronics Saves Time and Money With Ashlar-Vellum’s Cobalt™

December 12, 2004, Austin, TX. Andy Marshall of THD Electronics has been designing and building high quality guitar amplifiers for over 19 years. The THD line of amplifiers have always featured robust design and construction with an unusual amount of flexibility for the guitarist. Andy’s focus on simplicity has led THD to an award-winning level of flexibility that no other manufacturer can reproduce.

“We hear everyday from guitarists who have purchased 3- and 4- channel guitar amplifiers, only to discover that, aside from varying gain levels, the channels all sound and, equally important, feel more or less the same…” Providing a distinctive sound for their customers as well as an uncommon ‘ease of use’ is something Andy has achieved through years of experience in the music industry, now he has turned to Ashlar-Vellum to provide him with the same ease of use for his current design needs.

“As our products grow more complex, (Ashlar-Vellum) Cobalt’s ability to show me what a product and its component parts will look like (as well as exactly what their dimensions will be) helps me to completely visualize the product and ‘turn it over in my hands’ before we ever stamp a piece of metal or machine a piece of plastic or wood. This not only substantially shortens our time-to-market, but also permits us to catch errors early in the design phase and save a stunning amount of time, money and general grief. The mere thought of ever designing another product without Cobalt literally makes me sick to my stomach.”

Contact THD Electronics:
sub@thdelectronics.com
206-781-5500

About Ashlar Incorporated

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

Ashlar-Vellum™ Confirms Cobalt’s™ Role in Rutan’s SpaceShipOne Design

June 21, 2004, Austin, TX. Ashlar-Vellum today congratulates Burt Rutan and his team at Scaled Composites for the successful launch and completion of the world’s first private space mission. Ashlar is proud to confirm the use of Ashlar-Vellum Cobalt software for the design of this revolutionary spacecraft. Rutan and the team at Scaled Composites successfully launched and completed a mission that brings them one step closer to securing the coveted Ansari X Prize designed to foster private entry into space. Today SpaceShipOne attained the required altitude of 62.5 miles into suborbital space and returned safely to Earth, putting Scaled Composites into a confident lead among 27 contenders.

Next, Rutan and the Scaled team will make a formal bid for the prize by launching the spacecraft with three astronauts aboard (or one astronaut and the equivalent weight of two more) to the suborbital altitude, bringing it safely to Earth, and then repeating the feat within two weeks using the same craft. Besides collecting the $10,000,000 X Prize, the winning team of this final leg will make history, demonstrating that civilian space travel is possible in the near future, funded not by the world’s most powerful governments, but by independent entrepreneurs. Rutan has used Vellum products for a decade. The Scaled Composite designers today confirmed that they designed the majority of SpaceShipOne and its companion aircraft, White Knight, in Cobalt.

Ashlar-Vellum’s president, Robert Bou, stated, “We feel proud to work with such a brilliant and innovative team of designers and to be a part of their historic endeavor.” Bou adds, “I recently had the privilege of visiting the Scaled Composites team in the Mojave. They told me that when they’ve tried to use our competitor’s software for their designs it doubled their engineering costs. Cobalt’s Vellum® interface so fluidly works the way they think that it allows designers to come up with multiple what ifs, easily refining the design for winning results.”

About Ashlar Incorporated

Founded in 1988, Ashlar-Vellum is the leading provider of precision CAD and 3D modeling software that automates and simplifies the design process for drafting, design, and engineering professionals on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Ashlar-Vellum’s unique Organic Workflow™ featuring their renowned Vellum® user interface and powerful toolsets have earned the loyalty of innovators around the world. Ashlar-Vellum operates from its headquarters in Austin, Texas. To learn more call +1 800 877-2745 or visit www.ashlar.com.

Contact: Julie Bou, Ashlar-Vellum, +1 512 250-2186 x1130, Julie.Bou@ashlar.com.

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