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Leading CAD Programs Demonstrate Integration in Frankfurt


San Francisco, December 31, 1997

In support of the International Alliance for Interoperability's (IAI) initiative to establish a universal CAD file standard, Graphisoft announces it will integrate IAI's Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) into coming releases of ARCHICAD in 1998. Using IFC files, ARCHICAD will facilitate high level object-oriented communication with other software and building products manufacturers.

In a demonstration at the ACS Show held November 12 - 14 in Frankfurt, Germany, Graphisoft and other leading CAD manufacturers demonstrated seamless file sharing using the IAI's Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) file format. The select group of CAD software developers gave a live demonstration in which they collaborated to create a building by passing a single 3D model containing rooms, windows, doors, columns and site data as intelligent objects.

"Intelligent objects are deeply routed in our company history and philosophy," says Tamás Hajas, Graphisoft R&D's vice president of development. "It is only natural that, as a leading developer of object-oriented technology, we incorporate the work of the International Alliance for Interoperability into ArchiCAD."

A member of the IAI since 1996, Graphisoft is committed to developing its own IFC version 1.5 ARCHICAD-toolbox. The IFC file format will provide architects with a bridge between software programs and building products manufacturers. IFC describes not only the physical dimensions of a given object, but stores information about its composition and assembly and descriptive data as well. IFC can facilitate bidirectional communication between CAD software and CAM, project scheduling, and facilities management applications.

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