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Dassault Systemes, a provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, has released Draftsight for Windows, a no-cost 2D CAD product for CAD professionals, students and educators.

Originally launched in Beta version in June 2010, the general release for Windows includes many key enhancements and updates based on user feedback.

Draftsight, which allows users to create, edit and view DWG files, generally takes just a few minutes to download and runs on multiple operating systems, including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Mac OS (in beta).

In conjunction with Draftsight, Dassault Systemes has launched an open, online community, where users can access support and training resources, along with an environment to interact, ask questions and share their opinions.

The Draftsight community is a social network designed by engineers for engineers, designers and architects.

This community is based on the company’s Swym online collaboration and social platform.

Swym communities incorporate Web 2.0 features such as rich profiles, blogs, micro-blogging, i-questions, wikis, media sharing spaces (data, audio, video and even 3D) and status updates, all within a unified layout that is intended to optimise the user experience and facilitate and accelerate collaboration.

Specific updates include, but are not limited to: API support (available for a fee), which enables customers to write add-on programs for Draftsight in C++ and other supported programming languages; the localisation of Help Files, which are now available for users in multiple languages (English, German, French, Japanese and simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Turkish, Korean, Polish, Russian and Czech); and Command Variables Enhancement, which enables users to set and change system variables directly from the command line.

Draftsight users have a variety of support options to choose from, including no-cost Community Support, as well as fee-based Premium Services that offer telephone and email support, network licensing and access to Draftsight APIs.

Specifically designed for educators, the Education Premium Service includes a Classroom and Campus Pack with curriculum materials, network licensing and telephone and email support.

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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 systems 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 is listed on the Nasdaq (DASTY) and Euronext Paris (#13065) stock exchanges. For more information, visit our website.

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