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Press-releases      14 May 2010

LEDAS Releases Driving Dimensions v.1.3 for Google SketchUp

More than 20,000 SketchUp users downloaded LEDAS Driving Dimensions toolset for easy parametric modification of their 3D models

Novosibirsk, Russia, May 14, 2010 - LEDAS Ltd., the independent provider of variational design tools, technology components, and software development services for the CAD/CAM/CAE/PDM market, today announced the availability of version 1.3 of its Driving Dimensions plug-in for Google SketchUp software, a simple in use toolset for parametric modification of history-free 3D models.

Version 1.3 supports new platforms and contains several improvements and fixes. Answering numerous requests by the users of Windows 7 and Mac OS X v.10.6 operating systems, LEDAS development team focused on supporting these new platforms for its SketchUp plug-in. The functionality of multi-document interface (MDI) on Mac platform has been improved. Version 1.3 also includes several fixes of internal errors reported by Driving Dimensions users. To see the full list of changes, please visit the release status page.

More than 20,000 of SketchUp users worldwide downloaded our Driving Dimensions plug-in,” said Dmitry Ushakov, Director of Product Management, LEDAS Ltd. “When we first released it in October 2008, many users did not understand the value it added to SketchUp, but now reviewers estimated it as “an essential plug-in that can really help you speed up your designing”. We really appreciate this recognition.

Availability and Price

A free version of the Driving Dimension plug-in for SketchUp can be downloaded from www.DrivingDimensions.com/SketchUp, where visitors will also find detailed on-line help, written and video tutorials, a set of sample drawings, and testimonials made by our users. The free version is not intended for commercial use and does not allow users to add more than 25 driving dimensions to one model.

Commercial licenses of Driving Dimensions v1.3 for Google SketchUp may be purchased for US$45 from the Share-it! online store, accessible from www.DrivingDimensions.com/store/SketchUp. All customers who bought the licenses during last year may upgrade to v1.3 free of charge.

About Driving Dimensions and LGS 3D

Driving Dimensions plug-in v.1.3 is compatible with Google SketchUp v.6 and 7.1, and has been thoroughly tested on the 32-bit versions Windows XP, Vista, and 7, as well as on Mac OS X 10.6.

Driving Dimensions for SketchUp is a plug-in that performs parametric modifications of 3D geometric models in very simple and intuitive way. With Driving Dimensions, users can modify any dimension (length, distance, radius, or angle) in any SketchUp model with just one click. All driving dimensions set in one model are satisfied simultaneously. The simplicity of the user interface of Driving Dimensions plug-in hides a very strong set of mathematical algorithms in the field of geometric constraint solving. Parametric design has never been so easy – even for beginners.

Driving Dimensions v1.3 is based on the latest version of LGS 3D, a geometric constraint solver integrated into a dozen commercial CAD packages. The latest release, version 3.0 of LGS 3D, contains many improvements in stability and performance, which are also available to SketchUp users.

LGS 3D geometric constraint solver, technology that LEDAS has developed since 2001, is available for licensing to all CAD developers. More information about LGS 3D can be found at www.ledas.com/products/lgs3d, while Driving Dimensions portfolio of end-user applications is presented in details at www.DrivingDimensions.com.

About LEDAS

LEDAS Ltd. is an independent software development company founded in 1999. It is based in the Novosibirsk Scientific Centre in Akademgorodok, Russia at the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science. A leader in constraint-based technologies, LEDAS is a well-known provider of computational software components for PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) solutions. Its solutions include geometric constraint solvers for CAD/CAM/CAE, optimization engines for project management, work scheduling and meeting planning software, and interval technologies for knowledge-based engineering and collaborative design. The company also provides services for PLM markets, including software development, consulting, reselling, and education and training.

More information about LEDAS is available at www.ledas.com.

Driving Dimensions and LGS are trademarks of LEDAS Ltd. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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LEDAS Marketing Department
phone: +7 383 3356 504
fax: +7 383 3356 256
e-mail: info@ledas.com


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