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ARCHICAD Is Top Medal Winner Third Year In A Row At Designers 3D CAD Shoot-Out

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San Francisco, CA - December 3, 1998

After three and a half hours of heated competition, ARCHICAD 6.o emerged with the most medals (17 in 21 categories) at the 1998 Designers 3D CAD Shootout held November 18 during BuildBoston98 at Boston's World Trade Center. This is the third year in a row that ARCHICAD's balanced and comprehensive features for the entire architectural process were showcased by winning more medals in more categories than any other software.

ARCHICAD was judged "Easiest To Use" among the ten competing teams and the best in network collaboration, space planning and conceptual design, parametrics such as walls/windows/doors and smart symbol libraries (i.e. object technology).

The ARCHICAD team also finished in the top three in fastest/easiest floorplans, elevations, sections; required 3D elements; energy analysis, ADA, cost analysis, interoperability; turning 2D into 3D site model; stairs, ramps, and elevators - macros & programming languages; design and presentation; full rendering; VRML; team's design; roof modeling; production drawing; and best overall architectural CAD.

"Ease of use and the ability to share complex building files are essential for architects to complete complex projects in a timely and cost effective manner," says Tamás Hajas, president of Graphisoft U.S. "We are pleased that ARCHICAD dominated these important categories. The judges recognition of our parametrics and smart libraries also confirms our leadership position in object-based CAD."

This year's design challenge was a three to four-story, 75,000 square foot entertainment complex. It consisted of a five star restaurant, a dozen shops, brew pub, cybergame arcade, marina, outdoor amphitheater, and supporting infrastructure all located on Pier 15 in New York City between the South Street Seaport and the Wall Street Racquet Club.

Event organizer Geoffrey Langdon of Architectural CAD Consultants fine-tuned the criteria and judging of the Shootout to showcase not only the skill of the competitors, but the strengths and limitations of the programs they were using. In this year's competition, judged by a ten-person jury of industry analysts and the nation's foremost CAD teachers and authorities, Langdon introduced eight vignettes that required each team to demonstrate certain key features during the heat of the competition. This side-by side comparison provided the judges a better chance to compare each program's special features and shortcomings.

The ARCHICAD team included Bradley Skaggs, director of visualization for STUDIOS Architecture, Tom Simmons, president of Archview Media and David Marlatt AIA, vice president of marketing communications at Graphisoft.

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