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Graphisoft Opens Subsidiary in Brazil

Budapest/Sao Paulo - May 24, 1999

Graphisoft® (Frankfurt Neuer Markt: GPH) reconfirms its strong commitment to the Brazilian architectural community with the opening of Graphisoft Brazil on May 24. Based in Sao Paulo, the Brazil office will provide service and support to the hundreds of architects using Graphisoft’s award-winning integrated architectural CAD software, ARCHICAD.

"Graphisoft has made it a priority to understand and meet the needs of local building markets. By opening the Brazil office, Graphisoft will be ideally positioned to grow its client base in this very important South American market," said Graphisoft Vice President of Sales and Marketing Gábor Kazár.

Priscila Castro was named general manager of Graphisoft Brazil. Previously a practicing architect who used ARCHICAD in her business, Castro has been a successful ARCHICAD reseller partner in Brazil since 1992.

"As an architect, I learned first-hand what ARCHICAD can do for the architectural practice. With the additional resources the Brazil office promises, we will be able to offer premium services to our current users and accelerate the development of our countrywide reseller and solution partners’ network. Thus we will help even more architects improve the way they work using ARCHICAD’s revolutionary Virtual Building™ concept," Castro said.

Graphisoft will also use the Graphisoft Brazil opening ceremony to officially launch in Brazil ARCHICAD 6.o in Portuguese, one of 25 localized versions. The event will be hosted by Gábor Kazár, and will include a day-long hands-on ARCHICAD 6.o training course.

Understanding the importance of education, Graphisoft Brazil will establish an ARCHICAD training center, offering introductory courses for new users. Graphisoft also donated more than 230 ARCHICAD licenses in December 1998 to universities throughout Brazil, including Universidade Luterano do Brasil and Universidade Federal de Pernambuco.

For more information please contact:
Priscila Castro, General Manager of Graphisoft Brazil,
e-mail:

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.