[Fwd] Dassault News Release

From: Yakov Horenstein (yakov@planet.it)
Date: Thu Apr 30 1998 - 23:03:30 EEST

(DASSAULT-SYSTEMES)(DASTY) CATWEB Adds Two New Products in Version 2.1;
          E- business Tools to Exploit Engineering Data Over the Web

                             (Business Wire; 04/29/98)

    CHARLOTTE, N.C., and PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 29, 1998-- IBM(1)
and Dassault Systemes (Nasdaq: DASTY; Bourse de Paris) today introduced
Version 2.1 of CATIA(2) Network Computing Solutions (CATWEB(TM)), with two
new products that offer customers high-speed and low-cost Java(3)-based
solutions that place native engineering design data on the Web and make it
usable by non-engineers.

With Version 2.1, the capabilities are expanded for design review. This new
version introduces two new products -- CATWEB Space with measurement and
interference checking, and -- CATWEB Publish with easy-to-use tools to
publish engineering data to the Web. Additionally, CATweb Navigator is
enhanced with cross-section viewing and assembly manipulation. General
availability of Version 2.1 is May 8.

The capabilities of CATWEB bring features previously only available in
dedicated CAD/CAM/CAE environments with highly trained specialists to the
domain of e-business. In doing so, it opens unparalleled opportunity for
enterprises to bring together customers, vendors, suppliers and
non-engineering employees in ways never before possible. In exploiting
these opportunities, companies can make significant changes in their
business environment to improve customer service, reduce cycle time and get
more results from limited resources.

"CATWEB has allowed us to open up access to our CATIA data to manufacturing
locations, purchasing and suppliers. Response time is such that users often
do not realize that the data they are viewing is not located on their own
workstation. We salute Dassault Systemes' use of open standards such as
Java to provide this revolutionary product," comments Phil Harrison, Design
Manager - Standard Motor Products.

CATWEB Space introduces the ability to check 3D interferences, minimum
distances and clearances. Simply by selecting an object, the user can check
if the part fits in an assembly, is interference-free and respects minimum
design clearances. CATWEB Space also adds capabilities for advanced
measurement. The user simply selects two objects in a 3D window and the
minimum distance between the parts or models is highlighted and displayed.

CATWEB Version 2.1 enhances communication between teams. CATWEB Publish
provides easy-to-use tools that allow anybody with the appropriate
authority to automatically publish information on the Web. Any user can
quickly capture views, embed them in HTML pages and annotate them, and put
them on the Web without any special training. These standard Web pages may
reside on the CATWEB server and any user can access this information with
their browser. These pages can also be printed, stored locally or very
easily sent to a user or group of users who may be part of a review team
through an e-mail system such as Lotus Notes.

CATWEB Navigator has been enhanced in Version 2.1 to provide advanced
viewing capabilities such as real-time local transformation functions. With
CATWEB Navigator, 3D data can be compressed up to 30 times as compared to
the basic 3D data transmission format (VRML). This enables increases in
speed that make it practical to work locally with complex 3D data.
Java-based viewing applets can be attached to the document allowing the
recipient to manipulate the 3D model locally within the HTML page.

"The engineering domain is quickly discovering the value of working on the
Web. CATWEB is becoming as useful and easy-to-use as e-mail. Anyone, even
people who could never before directly access product information, can now
simply surf to it over the Web. They are able to communicate and share both
engineering and company data, at anytime and from anyplace," said Bernard
Charles, President of Dassault Systemes. "CATWEB Version 2 is another step
towards Dassault Systemes' vision of the digital enterprise."

"Customers around the world tell us that a tight linkage between all areas
of their business, both internally and with their customers and suppliers
is critical to their success. CATWEB provides an ideal way to accomplish
this. The synergy between CATIA and the worldwide Web is a strategic
solution that helps companies to compete more efficiently," adds Frank
Lerchenmueller, Vice- President of IBM Worldwide Engineering Technology

End-users accessing CAD data using CATWEB do not need any CATIA software
installed on their computer. All that is required is a standard Internet
browser. For this reason, a variety of Java-enabled computers can be used
as clients. Version 2.1 runs on any machine supporting Netscape Navigator
or Internet Explorer at the appropriate version, and is compliant with
Internet security protocols. The products can be configured to run in
English, German and French.

The CATWEB products are for engineering and manufacturing companies
implementing intranet/Internet strategies to enable e-business to bring
together customers, vendors, suppliers and employees. CATIA Network
Computing Solution products are based on a client/server architecture which
automatically and transparently downloads the necessary Java-based software
to exploit native engineering data within the e-business environment. -0-

CATWEB is developed by Dassault Systemes and marketed worldwide by IBM.

CATIA Network Computing Solutions press releases and general information
are available at http://www.catia.ibm.com. Dassault Systemes Corporate
information is available at http://www.dsweb.com. IBM press releases are
also available on the Internet, via the IBM Home Page at http://www.ibm.com.

              Mike Shore
              IBM Corporation
              + 1 203-486-7834
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              Martine Vesco
              Dassault Systemes
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              Sheri Chow
              Dassault Systemes of America
              + 1 818-559-5522
              Michele Katz/Libby Marshall/Jonathan Rebell
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              Morgen-Walke Associates, Inc.
              + 1 212-850-5600
              Morgen-Walke Europe SA
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