Okino Ships new Solid Edge CAD Importer

Toronto, Canada – March 4th, 2009 – Okino Computer Graphics announced today that it is now shipping its newly rewritten Solid Edge CAD conversion system, compatible with the ground breaking Solid Edge Synchronous Technology modeling software which is taking the CAD world by storm in 2008 and 2009. The conversion pipeline allows native Solid Edge assembly, part, weldment and sheet metal files to be converted to all major animation + authoring packages, 3D downstream file formats and VisSim programs. Okino is one of the longest standing Solid Edge solution partner developers, providing excellent and well refined 3D data translation solutions for Solid Edge users and independent users of Solid Edge data.

Okino's NuGraf and PolyTrans software imports crack-free geometry, hierarchy and materials (assembly data) from native disk-based Solid Edge files or from a running copy of Solid Edge, and subsequently provides high-end rendering, viewing and scene composition of the data, or have the data optimized and then pipelined into all major 3D file formats, animation packages and third party/OEM integrations. Most importantly, Solid Edge assemblies, parts, weldment and sheet metal files can be effortlessly and directly imported into all key animation systems such as 3ds Max, Maya, Softimage|XSI, Cinema-4D and Lightwave, as well as any third party product which integrates Okino's PolyTrans 3D converters and all major downstream file formats ranging from COLLADA to DWF-3D to  SketchUp and dozens more. A resident copy of the Solid Edge software is not required, but having it installed on the same machine as the Okino conversion software will provide extended control and options over the process.

“It is quite fitting that we are releasing our new Solid Edge Synchronous Technology version 10 years after the first major release of our Solid Edge CAD conversion pipeline,” said Robert Lansdale, president and CEO of Okino Computer Graphics, Inc. “We have worked with the Solid Edge development team to produce another cutting edge and robust version of our Solid Edge importer, fully compatible with the new Synchronous Technology release of Solid Edge. The new version handles native Solid Edge files, with or without a local copy of Solid Edge present, including new support for weldment and sheet metal files. The CAD conversion pipeline allows all disparate departments of large enterprise companies (such as engineering, design, marketing and support) to easily exchange product data without the need to rebuild their CAD datasets -- downstream uses include product documentation and manual creation, animation and rendering software, visual communication and review of data, and for accessing easier to manipulate versions of the original CAD datasets. In addition, our software implicitly provides support for photo-realistic rendering and scene composition, 3D data and hierarchy optimization and built-in polygon reduction for handling those truly huge scenes that other downstream applications can’t handle without reduction. Our solution is particularly popular for importing Solid Edge assemblies into the 3ds Max, Maya, Lightwave, XSI, Cinema-4D, AutoCAD and SketchUp programs, amongst many other OEM and third party vendor integrations.”

“We're excited to hear that Okino has revised their 3D conversion and visualization software to work with our new Solid Edge and its Synchronous Technology version,” said Dan Staples, Solid Edge director. “The ability to directly read Solid Edge data will give our users another pathway to creating photorealistic renderings and animations of their products. Our partnership with Okino has reached the 10-year milestone and we see many more years to come.”

"Arpifrio has been a core user of Okino's Solid Edge CAD conversion system since its first release over 10 years ago," said Marino Arpino, director of Finamac Arpifrio manufacturing. "It has become an indispensable 3D tool for creating imagery and content for our manufactured products’ documentation and manuals. We are able to effortlessly and accurately move large and complex CAD assemblies into all of our preferred rendering and animation systems, where we can easily create photo-realistic pictures and animations of our manufactured products. This has shortened and simplified the work needed to create our product presentations and documentation/manuals.”

Applicable WEB pages

The following are pertinent pages on the Okino WEB site relating to this press release:

http://www.okino.com/conv/imp_se.htm        = Solid Edge import module overview
http://www.okino.com/nrs/nrs.htm        = Okino NuGraf home page
http://www.okino.com/conv/conv.htm        = Okino PolyTrans home page
http://www.okino.com/conv/filefrmt.htm        = Supported file formats
http://www.okino.com/conv/filefrmt_cad.htm    = Okino’s CAD compatibility chart
http://www.okino.com/conv/users.htm        = List of notable users
http://www.okino.com/testimon.htm        = Customer testimonials and product reviews
http://www.okino.com/press/releases.htm        = Recent Okino press releases

About Okino Computer Graphics

Okino Computer Graphics can best be understood as two distinct sub-companies: one which specializes in the CAD market, CAD products and CAD users, and one which specializes in the animation/DCC/VisSim markets. We excel at providing the industry standard converters to an extensive user base for these distinct, yet often overlapping, markets. If you are new to Okino and our software then please take a moment to review http://www.okino.com/conv/users.htm which enumerates what has made our software's usage so widespread throughout the 3D industry.

With development starting January 28th 1988, Okino Computer Graphics, Inc. (Toronto, Canada) is an industry leader + pioneer in the development and deployment of 3D data re-purposing software that allows professional 3D software users to intelligently and accurately convert/view/render/modify 3D data and assets between most major CAD, DCC and VisSim software packages. Okino software is used the world over by all major Fortune 1000 companies, 20 of the top 21 defense contractors, the top 15 automotive manufacturers, and tens of thousands of production studios, 3D content creation, game development, CAD, engineering and product design companies (as broken out in the Okino customer user list at www.okino.com/conv/users.htm). For more information about Okino, please visit www.okino.com.

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Attention editors. This document, as well as screen snapshots and related documents for the press, can be obtained electronically by visiting http://www.okino.com/press/magpics.htm

NuGraf and PolyTrans are registered trademarks of Okino Computer Graphics, Inc. Okino is a trademark of Okino Computer Graphics, Inc. Solid Edge is a registered trademark of Siemens Corporation. 3ds Max, Maya, Softimage|XSI, AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor and Mechanical Desktop  are registered trademarks of Autodesk Inc. Lightwave is a registered trademark of Newtek Inc. CINEMA 4D is a registered trademark of MAXON Computer. Director and Shockwave-3D are registered trademarks of Adobe, Inc. Microsoft and Windows are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.  All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

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