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Graphisoft® CEO says future is bright for 3D architectural CAD, predicts enhanced value for digital CAD data

Gábor Bojár Announces Graphisoft’s GDL Object Language Will Be Open To All

Los Angeles, CA - May 26, 1999

At this morning's Software Industry Leaders Keynote at A/E/C Systems '99, Graphisoft® founder, President and CEO Gábor Bojár explained to a responsive audience the three stages of 3D architectural CAD, how other industries provide increasing value to the digital data produced by CAD programs like ARCHICAD, and how the industry can explode the value of architectural design.

"By using 3D intelligent objects, designers not only increase their efficiency, but they can create new value from the digital data," Bojár explained in his address. "We have ARCHICAD clients doing this right now, but the potential for the increased value is there for many, and it has not yet been explored."

Bojár noted that while the annual output of the building industry more than triples that of the automotive industry, it spends half as much on CAD tools. Graphisoft’s vision of the future of the industry includes developing ways to grow the building industry as a whole, thereby increasing the profitability of its clients.

One of the ways Bojár says this can occur is if CAD software producers "open" their object formats. To this end, he announced that Graphisoft will make its Geometric Description Language (GDL) format available to everyone. Graphisoft will also release a plug-in that enables GDL objects on the web, a GDL browser/converter, and an adapter for AutoCAD's ObjectARX.

"Having pioneered many of the A/E/C technologies in use today, Graphisoft is now showing us the future of the industry", said B.J. Novitski, author and industry editor. "In his A/E/C SYSTEMS address, Bojar emphasized that the "paperless" age of CAD, though it is now being used only in isolated cases in the industry, will soon be a reality."

Graphisoft was the first non-U.S. company invited to speak at the annual Software Industry Leaders Keynote, held as part of A/E/C Systems '99 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This platform for industry leaders also included CEO Carol Bartz of Autodesk and CEO Keith Bentley of Bentley Systems.

Honored recently by The Wall Street Journal Europe as the leading Central European executive for 1998, Bojár led Graphisoft's achievement of significant landmarks with the release of ARCHICAD 6.o, Graphisoft's June debut on the Frankfurt Neuer Markt Stock Exchange and the opening of Graphisoft Park, a new corporate headquarters and technology park in Budapest, Hungary.

Graphisoft is a leading provider of computer-aided design (CAD) software solutions for the architectural profession and the building industry. Founded in 1982, Graphisoft is ranked today among the largest AEC CAD software developers in the world, with 12 offices all over the world in addition to its headquarters. Graphisoft's flagship product, ARCHICAD, is used by more than 75,000 architects worldwide and distributed in 25 languages and 80 countries. Shares of Graphisoft are traded on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange Neuer Markt under the symbol GPH. More information about Graphisoft is available at www.graphisoft.com.