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Sycode has released Catia V4 and V5 file export plug-ins for AutoCAD and Solidworks.

These plug-ins give AutoCAD and Solidworks users the ability to export 3D solid data in AutoCAD and Solidworks to Catia V4 and V5 files without the need for a Catia licence installed on the computer or network.

‘When using these export plug-ins with our existing import plug-ins, AutoCAD and Solidworks users can now read as well as write 3D data from and to Catia V4 and V5 files, thereby being able to perform a complete round trip,’ said Deelip Menezes, founder and chief executive officer of Sycode.

Exchanging data using neutral file formats such as Iges and Step can sometimes cause problems as a result of inaccuracies in two-step conversions: one from the source format to the neutral format and the other from the neutral format to the destination format.

Neutral formats such as Iges have many variants, thereby making their accuracy dependent upon the type of Iges that is used.

For these reasons, many companies prefer to receive data back in the format they sent it out.

These plug-ins will assume critical importance in situations where AutoCAD and Solidworks users wish to work with users of Catia V4 and V5.

The AutoCAD plug-ins have been tested to work with AutoCAD 2000 through to 2010, in 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

The Solidworks add-ins have been tested to work with the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Solidworks 2001 through to 2010.

All the plug-ins are available as fully functional trials.

They come with installers and detailed documentation in the form of compiled HTML help files that contain step-by-step tutorials to get end users started in the shortest possible time.

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