Taira Promote Deploys Dassault Systèmes’s 3DVIA for Developing a New Online Visual Manual

Tokyo, Paris – November 21, 2008 – Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced that Taira Promote Co., Ltd. (Taira Promote), a leading Japanese company in technical documentation, has developed “i-manuals”: a new online interactive visual manual that incorporates 3D technology with Dassault Systèmes’ 3DVIA product line.

Taira Promote provides visual manuals and documents for technical maintenance, training, marketing and sales used by industrial and automobile manufacturers where accurate and highly comprehensive documentation are essential to effectively communicate highly complicated concepts. To develop a new offering designed for efficient learning effects, Taira Promote selected 3DVIA Virtools for its strong programming and simulation capabilities and for its tight integration to CATIA and other DS products that allows for seamless importation of 3D design data. With 3DVIA Virtools vast capabilities, Taira Promote has developed the next generation in technical manuals that offers users an in-depth technical manual database which precisely expresses the experiences and intentions of technical manual designers.

In addition, Taira Promote recently deployed 3DVIA Composer which offers complementary capability to 3DVIA Virtools, further improving its interactive online visual manuals. 3DVIA Composer enables Taira Promote to create interactive animations of complicated operation procedures by directly importing 3D CAD data, adding text explanations, and showing cross-sections and inner structures for analysis. 3DVIA Composer also synchronizes this produced content with the original design data, quickly and easily ensuring that documents reflect the latest design changes. Taira Promote delivers this interactive 3D documentation through the 3DVIA Composer Player, in an all-in-one self-executing file format.

“In the past, 3D CAD data could not be utilized in manual production. This forced data to be handled between numerous people during the production stage, leading to chances of error. For example, we have dedicated many hours in transcribing numbers accurately, and many manual designers have felt restricted in fully expressing their ideas to the users.” says Tomoyasu Taira, executive director of Taira Promote Co, Ltd. “3DVIA Virtools and 3DVIA Composer have solved most of those issues and have removed many limitations.”

“We are pleased that Taira Promote selected 3DVIA products,” says Nikos Calfacacos, general manager, Dassault Systèmes Japan. “The use of 3DVIA Virtools and 3DVIA Composer for developing innovative ‘i-manuals’ shows high potential of these solutions in technical document production. We are introducing the power of 3D with 3DVIA to all sizes of companies, supporting our customers’ drive to increase their competitiveness. Deployment of 3DVIA solutions was through the collaborative effort from DS and Otsuka Shokai, a DS Value Added Reseller in Japan.”

3DVIA is Dassault Systèmes' brand for lifelike 3D product experiences. 3DVIA Virtools offers a comprehensive interactive 3D development environment with deployment solutions tailored to business needs. 3DVIA Composer is a desktop content authoring system that revolutionizes the way enterprises of all sizes create, update, and distribute rich product documentation.


About Taira Promote
Taira Promote, founded in 1964, is a leading Japanese company in technical documentation for industrial and automotive fields; productions include training materials, presentation documents, and technical manuals. With the increasing advancement in technology, Taira Promote has focused upon “visualization” to communicate complicated large amounts of information to users. Taira Promote continues to contribute its efforts in the development of industries in Japan by pursing in the advancement of technical manuals in order to meet with the evolution of technology.
For more information, visit http://www.tairapromote.co.jp/ (Japanese only)

About Dassault Systèmes
As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 100,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to recycling. The Dassault Systèmes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product - SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design - DELMIA for virtual production - SIMULIA for virtual testing - ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences Dassault Systèmes’ shares are listed on Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) and Dassault Systèmes’ ADRs may be traded on the US Over-The-Counter (OTC) market (DASTY)..
For more information, visit http://www.3ds.com

CATIA, DELMIA, ENOVIA, SIMULIA, SolidWorks and 3D VIA are registered trademarks of Dassault Systèmes or its subsidiaries in the US and/or other countries.All other product and company names are registered trademarks of their respective company.

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