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CADLink 9.0 Advances Engineering Productivity

Performance Increases, New Functionality, Improved Documentation and ARCHICAD Integration Highlight Upgrade

Bristol - June 13, 2000 - Cymap, UK based developer of HVAC and Electrical Design software, announced that it has begun shipping the latest version of CADLink - Version 9.0. This major upgrade is the first since Cymap was acquired by Graphisoft in January 2000.

"Providing tools that enhance the day-to-day productivity of engineers has always been central to our design philosophy," said Jonn Fredericks, Managing Director of Cymap Ltd. "CADLink 9.0 advances this approach with significant performance gains and improved usability".

Performance Increase CADLink 9.0 operates from three to nine times faster than the previous version and project models can be upgraded with the integrity of the building model maintained. Information about all services is available for viewing at any time to assist with co-ordination.

New HVAC and Electrical Features New HVAC capabilities in CADLink 9.0 include the ability to model single pipe heating systems, increased flexibility on radiator connections with automated radiator reconnection, plus full analysis of regulating valves. Electrically CADLink 9.0 offers motor selection from a database of over 2000, busbar selection and 3D visualisation of lighting layouts. A co-ordinated bill of quantities for all services can now be produced and a significant number of component databases have been updated and added.

Improved Documentation New printed step-by-step tutorials and a new browser based help system with enhanced search capabilities, improve the speed with which engineers can become productive using the system.

ARCHICAD Integration CADLink 9.0 is the first stage of a planned program to integrate CADLink's powerful design capabilities with those of the Graphisoft Engine. The initial interface is directly with ARCHICAD and offers the ability to export the 3D building model to CADLink. In CADLink you can design the HVAC and Electrical services and then import the resulting 3D services model back into ARCHICAD for completion of working drawings, sections and visualisations.

As the process is taken forward the services engineer will be able to design and interact with the Virtual Building™ within a building in a readily accessible 3D environment. In addition, the parametric capabilities of Graphisoft's GDL technology are being harnessed to make the selection of components such as radiators, valves and light fittings a simpler, faster and more intuitive process.

"By sharing the Virtual Building model, architects, engineers and others involved in both the design and operation of the building can cut down dramatically on the duplication of effort and disputes that all too often result from working with conventional drafting systems," says Jonn Fredericks.

Cymap have specialised in producing HVAC & Electrical design software since 1979. Every day thousands of engineers benefit from CADLink's ability to produce efficient design for schemes from small to large, both quickly and efficiently. More information about Cymap is available at Contacts: Joanne Pringle (Marketing Manager) , Jonn Fredericks (Managing Director)

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