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UGS and Tech Soft 3D Announce Integration of 3D JT Data Format with HOOPS 3D Application Framework

17.10.2006
Integration Expected to Accelerate Development of JT-Enabled Applications

UGS Corp., a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, and Tech Soft 3D (TS3D) a leading provider of graphics components to the computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering analysis (CAD/CAM/CAE) software industry, today announced they have completed an integration of TS3D’s HOOPS® 3D Application Framework (HOOPS/3dAF) software with the software development toolkit (SDK) for UGS’ JT™ data format, the manufacturing industry’s most widely used 3D format for product visualization, collaboration and data exchange.

“The integration being announced today will provide significant benefits to HOOPS/3dAF users,” said Ron Fritz, managing partner for TS3D. “By joining the JT Open Program, Tech Soft 3D is offering existing HOOPS developers the ability to quickly extend their applications to create and consume JT with minimal impact to their existing code.”

The JT/HOOPS integration code will be made available for no charge to all HOOPS licensees. Interested developers may obtain the JT SDK by joining UGS’ JT Open program, a worldwide community, consisting of leading manufacturers, PLM suppliers and academic institutions, which supports and promotes the JT standard.

“Eliminating the artificial barriers to openness and data interoperability is key to the success of our customers and the PLM industry, and remains a central focus of UGS’ open business model,” said Mark Matousek, JT Open Program manager, UGS. “Today’s announcement with Tech Soft 3D builds on that strategy by providing our respective user communities with open tools that promote seamless collaboration and facilitate innovation.”

TS3D representatives will introduce and demonstrate the JT/HOOPS integration during the JT Open Program’s Management Review Board Meeting to be held in Lincoln, UK October 23 & 24, 2006.

About JT and JT Open

The JT Open Program is an initiative driven by global leaders that view PLM as a competitive advantage and have adopted the 3D JT data format as a standard. JT is a common 3D data format for enabling product visualization and information sharing between PLM software applications. The robust functionality and lightweight nature of JT technology makes it possible to view and share product data, manufacturing information and interactive images worldwide, in real-time and throughout all phases of the product lifecycle.

Membership in JT Open is available to any and all end user corporations, independent software vendors (ISVs), academic institutions and non-profit industry organizations. Current JT Open members include UGS, General Motors, Ford, DaimlerChrysler, Siemens, Mazda, Renault, Robert Bosch GmbH, Visteon, Caterpillar, Autoweb, Bentley, PTC, Alias, Theorem, Opticore, Polyplan, Landmark, Spicer, Realtime Technology and Actify as well as academic members Brigham Young University, Technical University Darmstadt, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the University of Michigan. In addition, many other companies that derive indirect value from the initiative participate as JT Open advocates. JT Open advocates include HP, Intel, Microsoft, SAP and Elysium.

Additional information about JT Open can be found at www.jtopen.com.

About HOOPS 3D Application Framework

HOOPS/3dAF is a set of extensible, high-level components that dramatically simplify the design, development and maintenance of high-performance, interactive 2D/3D engineering applications. HOOPS components provide the base infrastructure for custom, high performance applications from over 175 software development organizations, including many of the leading CAD/CAM/CAE vendors. Leveraging HOOPS/3dAF allows independent software vendors (ISVs) to focus their development efforts on their true value-add.

About Tech Soft 3D

Tech Soft 3D (TS3D) provides premier customer driven development tools, consulting and support services enabling its partners to rapidly deliver world-class technical software. TS3D develops software components that dramatically simplify the design, development and extension of high performance applications. The company maintains corporate headquarters in Berkeley, California and can be reached through www.techsoft3d.com.

About UGS

UGS is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with nearly 4 million licensed seats and 46,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, UGS’ vision is to enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through global innovation networks to deliver world-class products and services while leveraging UGS’ open enterprise solutions, fulfilling the mission of enabling them to transform their process of innovation.

Note: UGS, JT and Transforming the process of innovation are trademarks or registered trademarks of UGS Corp. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. HOOPS is a trademark or registered mark of Tech Soft 3D or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.

The statements in this news release that are not historical statements, including statements regarding expected benefits of the product, adoption by customers, continued innovation and other statements identified by forward looking terms such as "may," "will," "expect," "plan," "anticipate" or "project," are forward-looking statements. These statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements, including, among others, risks relating to developments in the PLM industry, competition, failure to innovate, partnering strategy, major design errors or security flaws and intellectual property. UGS has included a discussion of these and other pertinent risk factors in its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2006 filed with the SEC. UGS disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact:
Jim Phelan
UGS
314-264-8216
jim.phelan@ugs.com
Ron Fritz
Tech Soft 3D
510-883-2180 ext.201
ron@techsoft3d.com

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