SOURCE: Tech Soft America

April 19, 2005 13:45 ET

Latest Release of HOOPS® Component Technologies Announced by Tech Soft America

Substantial New Features and Device Support Added to v12.0 of Popular Graphics Toolkit

OAKLAND, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 19, 2005 -- Tech Soft America (TSA), the leading provider of graphics components to the CAD/CAM/CAE software industry, today announced the immediate availability of the latest HOOPS 3D Application Framework (HOOPS/3dAF), HOOPS Stream Toolkit (HOOPS/Stream) and HOOPS Net Server (HOOPS/Net) component technologies.

The HOOPS components for graphics, streaming and collaboration are embedded within hundreds of engineering software applications from companies such as Autodesk, SolidWorks, Dassault Systemes, PTC, MSC.Software, Bentley, Proficiency, Fluent, Thermwood, COADE, KubotekUSA, Hitachi Zosen and ITI/Transcendata.

Some of the numerous customer-driven enhancements in HOOPS 12.0 include:

--  3D Studio Max plug-in for importing data into HOOPS-based
    applications.
--  Direct3D Driver enhancements.
--  Significant HLR performance and accuracy improvements.
--  New Interface for seamless insertion of fully custom line and marker
    styles.
--  Hardcopy Driver for Mac OS X platform.
--  HOOPS/Stream Toolkit support for externally referencing images,
    including thumbnail images
--  New compression of HSF file dictionary via HOOPS/Stream.
--  Performance enhancements for transparency and shadow rendering.
--  Enhanced Text Region support - adding to HOOPS' rich handling of text
    data.
--  New Platform support for Windows64 and Linux64
    
Ron Fritz, Managing Partner for TSA, commented, "HOOPS 12.0 is our most customer-driven release to date. Our customers rely on Tech Soft to continue providing leading functionality and performance, but they also need us to deliver on a variety of low-level, complex features in the areas of 2D, text and hardcopy. This 12.0 release is an excellent demonstration of how TSA serves as the virtual graphics team for so many companies, handling both future-focused R&D projects while also handling the extensive under-the-hood work associated with delivering commercial-grade graphics."

About HOOPS 3D Product Suite

HOOPS 3D Product Suite is a set of extensible, high-level components that dramatically simplifies the design, development and maintenance of high-performance, interactive 2D/3D applications for Windows, UNIX, LINUX, MAC OS X and Windows CE devices. HOOPS components provide the base infrastructure for building custom, high performance applications. Developers work from a high level to extend and customize the framework, taking advantage of the power of the underlying set of libraries. Rather than attempting to re-invent the vast functionality already encapsulated within the HOOPS product set, they can focus their development efforts on their true value-add.

About Tech Soft America

Tech Soft America (TSA) provides premier customer-driven development tools, consulting and support services enabling its partners to rapidly deliver world-class technical software. TSA develops software components that dramatically simplify the design, development and maintenance of high-performance, interactive 2D and 3D applications. HOOPS technology has been incorporated into over 175 commercial software applications, including many of the leaders in CAD/CAM and CAE software. The company maintains corporate headquarters in Oakland, California, and can be reached through www.hoops3d.com.

HOOPS is a registered trademark.

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