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Graphisoft Wins Coveted 'Codie Award'

SPA Recognizes ARCHICAD For Teamwork as Best Groupware Product

San Francisco, Calif. (March 25, 1998)

The Software Publishers Association (SPA) held the industry's own version of the Academy Awards -- The 13th Annual Codie Awards -- on Monday, March 23 in San Jose, CA. SPA's 1998 Awards for Excellence in Software honors software publishers worldwide for outstanding creativity and innovation in 1997. Graphisoft U.S. President Tamás Hajas accepted the diamond-shaped crystal and granite Codie honoring ARCHICAD for Teamwork as Best Groupware Product from among a field of nominees that included Claris Corp.'s Filemaker Pro.

"This award acknowledges our achievements and our commitment to next generation CAD applications." says Tamás Hajas, president of Graphisoft U.S. "Graphisoft has now been recognized as a leader in the collaborative arena."

The Codie Awards encompass software for any type of consumer use including business, educational, entertainment, consumer, enterprise and online applications. Final judging was determined by SPA's 1,200 international companies, completing the software industries only peer-recognition program to reward outstanding achievement. A total of 94 companies and 172 titles competed for the final round of judging and 39 awards. Though other CAD titles were nominated including two Autodesk consumer products, none but ARCHICAD for Teamwork was recognized with a Codie.

"Winning a Codie Award signifies recognition and quality unsurpassed in the marketplace from hundreds of peers throughout the software industry, the most critical audience of all," said Ken Wasch, SPA president. "When considering a new software purchase, consumers should look to Codie Award winners for the latest in cutting-edge technology and the best overall products available today."

SPA is the principal trade association of the software industry, representing the leading publishers as well as start-up firms in the business, home office, consumer, entertainment and education markets. SPA supports companies that develop and publish software applications and tools for use on the desktop, client-server networks and the Internet. SPA's 1,200 member companies account for 85 percent of U.S. revenue for packaged and online software. Additional information on SPA and its activities on behalf of the software industry can be found at

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

For more information please contact:

Tamás Hajas, President
Graphisoft US. Inc.
Phone: (1.415) 703-9777
Fax: (1.415) 703-9770