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ARCHICAD Named Best Overall CAD Software in CAD Shootout at A/E/C Systems '99

Los Angeles, June 3, 1999

ARCHICAD 6.o, published by Graphisoft, won the 1999 Architectural CADD Cup for Best Overall CAD software, in addition to nine key category wins, in the fourth annual Designers 3D CAD Shootout for Architectural CADD Systems.

The victory demonstrated the success of Graphisoft's strategy, laid out the previous day in a keynote speech given by President and CEO Gábor Bojár. Bojár addressed the audience of the A/E/C Systems '99 Software Industry Leaders Keynote, where Graphisoft was the first non-U.S. company invited to speak. Bojár was joined at the podium by CEO Carol Bartz of Autodesk and CEO Keith Bentley of Bentley Systems.

The award was announced on May 27 at A/E/C Systems '99 at the Los Angeles Convention Center after more than three hours of heated competition the previous day. ARCHICAD bested several popular A/E/C software products for the coveted prize, including Nemetschek's AllPlan FT 15, VectorWorks by Diehl Graphsoft, ARRIS 2001 by Sigma Design International, ArchiTECH.PC 3.0 and SoftCAD 3D by SoftCAD International, and DataCAD 8.5 and DataCAD Spirit by DataCAD LLC and SoftTech. AutoCAD's Architectural Desktop was deemed to be still in the beta-testing phase and was barred from the competition.

The ARCHICAD team included Angi Sams, president of Design Integrations in Atlanta; Dan Hruby, president of Red Melon Studios in San Francisco; and Richard Crowe, principal of Gilchrist & Crowe Architects in Tallahassee, Florida, with expert guidance from Barry Isakson, AIA.

Each team in the competition was challenged to design a building from scratch, producing all plans, sections, elevations, 2D and 3D details, color perspectives, photo-renderings, walk-through animations and virtual reality web simulations - all in three hours. This year's design problem was a 20,000 sq. ft. Caribbean-themed recreation building with a spa, health club, extensive pool, restaurant, lounges and a pool bridge.

Event organizer Geoffrey Moore Langdon, AIA, of Architectural CAD Consultants also moderated six vignettes that allowed teams to showcase key features during the competition. This side-by-side comparison provided the panel of nine judges, as well as a rapt audience, with a chance to compare each program's strengths and shortcomings.

"It is increasingly difficult to receive unbiased information about CAD systems, and the risk of making the wrong decision goes well beyond the cost of any system," said Graphisoft U.S. Inc. President Tamás Hajas. "The CAD Shootout gives future and present CAD users a chance to compare and select the tool that fits their personal design practice. I am proud of the achievement of all our users who are utilizing their computers in ways they didn't think possible before seeing ARCHICAD."

In addition to Best Overall CAD Software, ARCHICAD earned more gold medals than any other software in the competition, including in the following categories:

Complete results of the competition are available on the World Wide Web at

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