Alibre Introduces First Web-based Mechanical Design Service With Commercial Availability of Alibre Design 1.0
Announces Special Offer for Unlimited Use Intranet Version for $5,000
RICHARDSON, Texas, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Alibre, Inc., the first company to offer a Web-based mechanical collaborative product development service, today announced the immediate availability of Alibre Design(TM) 1.0. Alibre Design is the first service that leverages the Internet as a platform to provide an integrated team environment for collaborative mechanical design and data management. In addition to making the service available on a standard subscription basis for $100 per month at http://www.alibre.com , the Company offers an intranet version of Alibre Design that enables a company to host the service on their own internal servers. For a limited time, Alibre will offer an intranet license for $5,000 that allows unlimited usage for up to six months. "Our vision is to transform the mechanical design process from one built around desktop-centric single-user products to one based on services that are multi-user and collaborative," says Alibre President and CEO, J. Paul Grayson. "In addition to providing an extremely compelling Web-based technology, we are revolutionizing the business model in this market by offering an unlimited use intranet license of Alibre Design for essentially the cost of a single seat of a traditional CAD system." The $5,000 intranet license is normally intended for five concurrent users for one year. However, the terms of this offer will enable intranet licensees to make the service available to an unlimited number of users within their organization for six months. After the six-month period, Alibre will evaluate the actual usage of the system and transition the customer to a negotiated monthly subscription. Alibre Design is a subscription-based service that eliminates large capital expenditures and restrictive licensing associated with traditional mechanical design software. By operating as an Application Service Provider (ASP), Alibre will change the manner in which local or geographically distributed teams of engineers, designers, suppliers and related project members work collectively on mechanical product designs. With its ability to connect engineers and designers down the hall or around the world, Alibre Design is the first service or product that enables the global manufacturing community to capitalize on the Internet as a truly pervasive computing platform. The improved communication and group participation afforded by Alibre Design brings the collective design and manufacturing expertise of an organization and its suppliers to bear earlier, thus facilitating the exploration of design alternatives or catching potential problems sooner. As a result, design cycles are shortened, quality is improved and costs are reduced. "The real-time collaboration and data sharing capabilities of Alibre Design offer engineers and designers improved ways to work together with manufacturing," says Ken Versprille, Program Manager - Design Creation and Validation, DH Brown Associates, Inc. "Collaboration facilitates creativity and lowers costs by bringing issues to the forefront early on in the design process. As a result, companies will be able to get products to market faster and more cost effectively by decreasing development time with fewer design changes and less travel expenses." Key Features and Significant Enhancements Featured in Alibre Design 1.0 Some of the key features offered by Alibre Design include: -- Web-enabled collaboration through Real-time Team Modeling(SM) sessions; -- Tools for creating and managing teams and associated team member roles and policies; -- Web-based data management to securely control access to design data and manage revisions; -- Parametric feature-based solid modeler with automatic and associative 2D drawing creation. After an extensive beta and public preview program, Alibre has gathered user feedback and incorporated several new features into the Alibre Design service. Significant enhancements have been made to both the feature set of the modeling application as well as to the service aspect in terms of greater security, reliability and performance. Application enhancements include: -- Part creation and editing in the context of an assembly; -- "Auto-mate" feature providing single-click part mating and alignment for fast assembly construction; -- 2D drafting and detailing improvements with support for section, detail and auxiliary views; -- Improved STEP support including import of parts in STEP format directly into an assembly; -- Optimized Windows 98 support including more efficient memory management. Operational/Service enhancements include: -- RAID 5 fault tolerant storage system for user repositories; -- Clustered Application Servers to maximize application uptime in case of server failure; -- Firewall protection providing high security on Alibre servers; -- Enhanced SSL security to protect customer data; -- Daily backups to protect against user data loss; and -- Dual processor application server with 1GB of memory for improved performance. "Our early users have been instrumental throughout the development process," says Tommy Steele, COO of Alibre. "We've made a major effort to bring users into the process early. Customers participating in our Public Preview program have been the driving force behind Alibre Design 1.0 and we're very pleased with the result." Alibre Design is based on an architecture that is segmented into three tiers: a Web browser-based client, an application "design" server and a design data "repository" server. The Windows-based client provides a familiar Web browser user interface with the look and feel of a Web site and handles the graphical display of 3D models and 2D engineering drawings. The application "design server" handles core parametric, feature-based solid modeling and 2D drawing creation. Alibre Design's repository server offers many of the features and benefits of Product Data Management (PDM) systems. In addition to secure data transmission and storage, key features include configurable access privileges, version and revision management and check-in/check-out. Alibre Design also provides a 3D parametric, feature-based solid modeler that supports the design of both parts and assemblies, as well as the automated and associative generation of 2D engineering drawings. While Alibre Design provides a powerful integrated 3D modeler, the value proposition extends beyond the solid modeler and focuses on improving the flow of information throughout the product development process. Alibre Design shifts the value from the point of data creation to the point of data communication through a number of advanced Internet-enabled capabilities, such as Real-time Team Modeling(SM) and secure product data repository sharing and management. Pricing and Availability Individual users can access the service via the Internet from Alibre.com. The online collaboration and data sharing features of Alibre Design are offered at $100 per month, per user to individuals. Offline use of the Alibre Design 3D solid modeler is free. The self-hosted intranet version of Alibre Design, allowing unlimited concurrent users for up to six months for $5,000, is available for a limited time, and is intended for companies that want complete control over user administration and data management. Larger companies can implement the system via an outsourced private broadband intranet hosted by Alibre partners such as Qwest and Data Return. Companies interested in outsourced hosting may contact Alibre for pricing information. About Alibre Alibre provides the first Web-based mechanical collaborative product development service. The Company's vision is to liberate design and engineering professionals from standalone desktop applications to an interactive, connected Web environment where the service can be accessed securely anytime, from anywhere and computing power is theoretically unlimited. Alibre will change the manner in which geographically dispersed groups of engineers and designers work together, changing design software from a tool focused on the individual to one that improves the flow of design and manufacturing knowledge throughout the enterprise and the extended supply chain. Alibre was founded in 1997 by former Micrografx CEO and Chairman, Paul Grayson, and is based in Richardson, TX. For more information, visit the Alibre Web site at www.alibre.com or call (972) 671-8492. Alibre and Alibre Design are trademarks of Alibre, Inc. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders.
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