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Graphisoft to Acquire Leading-Edge Building Services Design Software Company -

Combined technologies will significantly broaden the relevance of the Virtual Building™

Budapest - December 6, 1999

Graphisoft announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Cymap, a UK-based supplier of design software for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) and electrical building services. Graphisoft will merge Cymap's technology with its industry-leading Virtual Building concept to offer an expanded range of integrated and object-oriented architectural CAD solutions.

Cymap's comprehensive CADLink product family is currently sold and supported in the United Kingdom and abroad. CADLink delivers improved control and significant productivity gains throughout the HVAC and electrical design process, and is adapted to regional calculation standards. Cymap's current annual turnover is around 1 million Euros, which is expected to grow strongly as a result of CADLink's integration with Graphisoft's technology.

"Our customers have expressed a strong interest in such an addition to our Virtual Building technology," said Graphisoft President and CEO Gábor Bojár. "Over the last 18 months we have examined many companies in various markets and found Cymap to be the optimal choice. This acquisition guarantees that our users will get even more value out of Graphisoft products."

"With the strategic enlargement of our product portfolio we considerably strengthen our market position in Europe particularly in Germany," emphasises Johannes Reischböck, managing director Graphisoft Germany GmbH and board member Graphisoft N.V. „This is why we are extending our proven company strategy to incorporate the building services sector alongside the core architectural business."

Cymap managing director Jonn Fredericks added, "Over the next year, we will fully integrate our technology with Graphisoft's 3D model-based, building simulation concept. We are excited about working together and look forward to establishing an international presence for our products through Graphisoft's global distribution channel."

The acquisition will be formally completed on January 4, 2OOO. Cymap will continue to operate as a separate company and maintain its own R&D and support organisation.

About Cymap
Based in Bristol, England, Cymap specialises in computer-aided design software for HVAC and electrical building services. It offers its market-leading applications to consulting engineers, building contractors, local authorities, government departments, educational institutions and the property departments of large companies.

About CADLink
Cymap's CADLink is a comprehensive, graphically based product comprising a series of co-operating modules that can either be used together or individually. CADLink covers heating & cooling load calculations, energy consumption, pipe and ductwork analysis, psychrometrics, public health, wiring and lighting design. It is sold and supported extensively throughout the UK and abroad through its distribution channels.

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