RIK TO OFFER NEXT GENERATION EXTERIORS CAD SOLUTION BASED ON ARCHICAD
Budapest - May 16, 2000 - Graphisoft today announced a special development agreement with RIK Co. Ltd. of Japan, creator of Success, a market-leading CAD solution for exterior and garden design. Graphisoft will provide RIK with a version of its flagship architectural CAD solution, ARCHICAD, tailored for exteriors design. RIK will add to this hundreds of custom objects created using Graphisoft's GDL (Geometric Description Language) 3D object technology.
Called Success 21, this new solution will provide all the necessary design and documentation tools needed by exterior and garden designers, in the integrated and object-oriented 3D Virtual Building™ environment. Success 21 is to take over the current solution which is developed on the VectorWorks CAD engine. States Mr. Hotta, president of RIK, "We are extremely confident that ARCHICAD is the right foundation for our next generation solution, and our users will benefit from being able to use intelligent, real-life objects in their designs."
"We are pleased to be able to offer the same intelligent and intuitive design environment to the Japanese exteriors design community that Japanese architects already enjoy with ARCHICAD," says Nobuhiro Hara, General Manager and President of Graphisoft Japan.
Beginning in June 2000, RIK will distribute Success-21 exclusively, and expects to sell at least 500 copies a year in the Japanese market.
About RIK Co. Ltd.
RIK is the largest exterior CAD maker in Japan with approximately 2000 users. The company also provides design services, consulting and education for exterior and garden planning. Headquartered in Kobe City, RIK was awarded the "Entrepreneur Prize" by Kobe Chamber of Commerce in 1997 and the "Technology Development Encouragement Prize" by Small and Medium-Scale Enterprises Research Center in 1998.
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 www.graphisoft.com.