SOURCE: Tech Soft America

June 07, 2005 08:00 ET

TSA's HOOPS Facilitates Port of eDrawings™ to Mac OS X

First Commercial Product to Leverage New HOOPS Libraries for Mac OS X

OAKLAND, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 7, 2005 -- Tech Soft America (TSA), the leading provider of component graphics technology to the CAD/CAM/CAE industry, today announced that its HOOPS 3D Application Framework (HOOPS/3daf) for Mac OS X has helped SolidWorks Corporation bring its eDrawings design communication solution to Apple's Mac OS X platform.

Ron Fritz, managing partner for TSA, noted, "We're delighted that the cross-platform nature of HOOPS/3dAF proved vital to the delivery of eDrawings to the Mac OS X platform. This new release of eDrawings is the first of what we expect to be many CAD/CAM/CAE applications built using HOOPS for Mac OS X."

Austin O'Malley, vice president of product development for SolidWorks, added, "TSA's rapid and robust support for Mac OS X helped us deliver eDrawings to an exciting new community of users. As we've evolved and extended the eDrawings solution, we've been continually impressed with the responsiveness of the HOOPS team."

About the HOOPS 3D Application Framework

HOOPS/3dAF is an extensible, high-level component that dramatically simplifies the design, development and maintenance of high-performance, interactive 2D/3D applications for all major platforms. In addition to SolidWorks, over 175 companies license HOOPS technology to help them build better engineering software products faster.

With HOOPS/3dAF, the base infrastructure for building extremely custom, advanced performance applications is already optimally designed and built. Developers work from a high level to extend and customize the framework, taking advantage of the power of the underlying set of components and vast functionality already encapsulated within the HOOPS product set.

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 the HOOPS 3D Application Framework, HOOPS Stream Toolkit and HOOPS Net Server, all components designed to dramatically simplify the design, development and maintenance of high-performance, interactive 2D and 3D applications built for PCs, UNIX workstations, Linux, Mac OS X and Windows-CE based handheld devices.

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 at

About SolidWorks Corporation

SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systèmes S.A. (NASDAQ: DASTY) (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) company, develops and markets software for mechanical design, analysis, and product data management. It is the #1 supplier of 3D mechanical design software for the mainstream market. SolidWorks leads the market in number of users in production, customer satisfaction, and revenue. For the latest news, information, or a live online demonstration, visit the company's Web site ( or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).

SolidWorks is a registered trademark and eDrawings is a trademark of SolidWorks Corporation. HOOPS is a registered trademark. Other brand and product names are tradenames of their respective owners. Copyright © 2005 Tech Soft America.

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