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Powerful New Features Make Advanced Rendering a Breeze

Budapest - January 27, 2000 - Following the successful introduction of ARCHICAD Version 6.5, Graphisoft now launches Artlantis Render 3.5. The highlights of the software include enhanced data import & export, improvement of material selection, flexible shader organization as well as batch rendering. Artlantis Render 3.5's picture quality ranks among the best in the architecture industry.

The effortless information exchange between Artlantis and ARCHICAD - long a hallmark of the renderer - makes it first choice among ARCHICAD users. One of the best features of Artlantis, the powerful preview window with drag and drop functionality, has been updated in the new release for increased productivity. Materials can now be created, modified, organized and deleted directly in Artlantis' preview window. And with a new Textured option, objects in a scene can be previewed with all their respective textures and shaders.

With a significant jump in materials options from 256 to 65,535, Artlantis 3.5 can now accommodate ARCHICAD models of all sizes and levels of complexity with the added flexibility of applying unlimited polygons per material.

Artlantis version 3.5 also includes several new lighting options. The intensity of light sources, whether they be spot, sun or light bulb, can now be adjusted and the new Heliodon feature lets users cast shadows and perform sun studies. As in ARCHICAD, the function can be adjusted for geographical location, exact date and time intervals, weather conditions and the direction of the sunlight. Sun studies can be generated in many file formats, including PICT, TGA, BMP, JPEG and QuickTime and AVI.

With a new Batch Rendering feature, users specify a set of parameters and select one or multiple images to be processed in one batch immediately, or at a later time.

In addition to flexibility and lighting enhancements, three new CDs filled with procedural textures, called shaders, are being introduced. ARCHICAD materials can be tied to Artlantis' shaders, to avoid redundancy and can be easily applied by simply dragging and dropping from the shader library onto the project.

The new volumes include textures to refine the appearance of walls, floors and furniture. With Artlantis 3.5, shaders are now arranged by family, and users have the flexibility to create their own shader folders, for example, for a particular rendered scene or project.

Windows users will be pleased to note that they can now create QuickTime animations and panoramas, in both compressed and uncompressed formats, on the Windows platform.

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