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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Oce's financials stated that on an organic basis total revenues for 2004 finished at the
same level as in 2003 thanks to the growing sales of new printing systems. This
has brought the decrease of the past 3 years to a halt. Total revenues includes euro 31
million from the sale of the lease portfolio.

The outsourcing of part of the manufacturing operations to Central
Europe and Asia has been implemented according to plan. The objectives
set for cost-price and quality have been achieved.
The operating income from commercial activities, excluding the book
profit on the sale of the lease portfolio, is expected to grow in 2005
as compared to 2004.

Synergis Software announced the launch of its 2005 Document Management
Educational Speaker Series. Its objective is to help decision makers at varying levels of
the organization—including users, CAD managers, IT managers, and executives—to
understand how to achieve greater success through the use of document management

The first quarterly meeting of the CC-AUG will take place on February 24th from 5:30
to 7:00 PM at the Holiday Inn of Fishers, IN. A panel of professionals from local
architecture and engineering firms will moderate, while the open discussion format will
allow AutoCAD and AutoCAD-based software users in the AEC industry to share ideas,
learn, and network among colleagues. Professionals and students alike are encouraged to
attend this free public event. Contact Nick Carter, Circle City Autodesk User Group

Intergraph Corporation announced that the Company has resolved all pending patent
litigation with Hewlett-Packard Company ("HP"), including the Company's OEM Clipper
case. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, HP will pay Intergraph $141 million
by January 28, 2005. Intergraph expects to record approximately $11 million of legal
expenses to offset against this settlement in the first quarter of 2005. The terms of the
settlement also provide for the dismissal of all pending legal actions between Intergraph
and HP as well as a cross-license to the other party's patent portfolio.


Axium announced that Ajera, in its debut release, has garnered an Excellence Award for
its Help System from the Society for Technical Communications. Developed with the end
user's perspective in mind, Ajera is built on the foundation of Microsoft's .NET and SQL

New Products

1ST Pricing, a Southern California-based technology company, has released a major
upgrade to their downloadable plug-in for AutoCAD products that creates an "elevation
view" from the "plan view" in an instant with just a few clicks of the mouse. The plug-in
works in most Autodesk(R) products including AutoCAD(R), AutoCAD Architectural
Desktop(TM) and Autodesk Map 3D(R).

CMiC released Version 1.0 of CMiC Interchange at the Technology for Construction
show. CMiC Interchange is an integration tool that leverages the widespread adoption of
Webservice standards to enable enterprises to easily integrate their IT assets.

Right Hemisphere announced it has licensed its 3D viewing technology to Adobe
Systems Incorporated for Adobe® Acrobat® and Adobe Reader® 7.0 software. Right
Hemisphere's Deep View™ technology was included in Acrobat 7.0 software to allow
users to view 3D content. In order to get 3D computer-aided design (CAD) data
preparation, translation, authoring, and publishing capabilities for Acrobat 7.0, users can
purchase Right Hemisphere's Deep Exploration™ software separately.

Graphisoft, Inc. unveiled ArchiCAD Residential, a new suite of applications designed to
address the specific needs of designers and architects in the U.S. home-builder market.

Intergraph Corporation is shipping SmartSketch 5.0 parametric 2D precision design,
production drafting and diagramming software. It is billed as "a cost-effective, alternative
solution for companies dealing with forced retirement of Autodesk products, the 5.0
version helps increase productivity and lower costs through automation. New features
include the Line Style Editor, expanded interoperability, Image Integrator enhancements
and a number of other improvements." SmartSketch is part of the SmartPlant software

@Last Software, Inc., a Boulder-based developer of 3-dimensional design software,
announces the availability of SketchUp Component Libraries for use in the film and
stage, interior design, landscape architecture, and architectural and mechanical design

Foundation Software, a national developer of construction accounting systems, will
announce their plan to donate FOUNDATION(R) for Windows(R) job cost construction
accounting system, as well as a sample database and correlating documentation, as part of
an enhanced financial management curriculum within Michigan State University's
Construction Management (CM) program during the World of Concrete Show (WOC). A
press conference detailing the project is scheduled at WOC on Tuesday, January 18th at
2:00 in press room N2153.

Wind2 Software announced that its Resource Scheduling and Budgeting software is now
available as an integral part of the company's end-to-end solution for government
contracting. In addition to enterprise-wide resource management, the integrated system
manages all aspects of contract proposals, timekeeping, day-to-day project management,
invoicing and reporting. It is 100% compliant with DCAA requirements.

COADE, Inc. has released PVElite Version 2005 and CodeCalc Version 2005, updated
editions of the company's integrated vessel design and stress analysis software that
incorporate the latest 2004 ASME BPV Code Section VIII, including UHX tubesheets
and thin bellows expansion joints, as well as new European standard (EN-13445) and
updated ASME material databases.

Ed Goldberg's latest full length book, "Autodesk Architectural Desktop 2005: A
Comprehensive Tutorial" is now available from Prentice-Hall.

Letters from Readers


Re-Autodesk Product

Autodesk Loyalty Program: Mark Strassman didn't mention that you can only get it [the
upgrade discount] if you pay for a subscription too. So you get the AutoCAD at a
discount but then have to pay to go on subscription too. So it works out to being around a
20% discount. Although you get the next release as part of that subscription.

It's confusing!

Martyn Day

Autodesk's response: Any customer - not just subscription customers - with a product
that retires but doesn't qualify for the step-up program, can participate in the Legacy

Hi Susan,

I just wanted to say congratulations on the 100th issue of GISWeekly! What a great
accomplishment!! AND congratulations on your new position at AECWeekly! This must
be a very exciting time for you. I look forward to working with you again soon.

Take care,


Jamie Lee

Waggener Edstrom

We're trying to create a roster of architecturally trained AutoCAD instructors in the San
Francisco Bay Area. We have a small school of architecture in SF and need instruction
help from time to time.

Let us know if you or anyone you know might be able to help.

Best wishes,

Fred Stitt, Architect

Director, San Francisco Institute of Architecture

Good luck with the new ezine.

Ed Goldberg

Upcoming Events

January 17 - 21, 2005

Las Vegas Convention Center

3150 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV USA

NEW for 2005, World of Concrete brings you Technology for Construction — a cutting-
edge conference and highly-focused technology marketplace within World of Concrete
delivering 35,000 square feet of the newest products and latest upgrades from top
technology providers to the construction industry from throughout the country and
around the world.

January 19 - 21, 2005

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Saratoga Springs, NY USA

Come take part in our biggest event of the year! Please join us January 19-21, 2005 for
the NYSAPLS 46th Annual Conference at the Prime Hotel & Saratoga Springs City
Center, in beautiful Saratoga Springs, New York. Get ready for another exciting
conference filled with educational and networking opportunities!

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