LOS ANGELES — Sept. 14, 2005 — Today at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference 2005, UGS Corp., a leading global provider of product life-cycle management (PLM) software and services, and Microsoft Corp. announced a collaboration to dramatically extend the reach of 3-D and PLM information in the enterprise. With support included for Microsoft’s Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML) format in UGS’ PLM software, alongside its widely used JT and PLM XML data formats, 3-D models created by these high-end tools will now be easily viewable on PCs running the Windows® Presentation Foundation.
The Windows Presentation Foundation (formerly code-named “Avalon”) is the new presentation subsystem for the Microsoft® Windows operating system that provides native support for declarative, markup-based programming with XAML, making it simpler for developers to enrich their Windows-based applications with 3-D elements.
As part of their work together, today at PDC05 the companies demonstrated a UGS PLM application creating a single file that included XAML, JT and PLM XML data by using the open packaging conventions formally known as XPS packages. That file was then viewed using the Windows Presentation Foundation, demonstrating how PLM users can now share files with Windows users who do not have a computer-aided design (CAD) or PLM software application installed on their PC. In addition, UGS users retain the ability to create more sophisticated PLM-related workflows using the data in JT and PLM XML files. This capability combined with UGS’ Teamcenter® product data management software results in better management and communication of PLM data between business partners and across all levels of the supply chain.
“XAML enables developers to create 3-D user experiences on PCs running the Windows Presentation Foundation,” said Eric Rudder, senior vice president of Servers and Tools at Microsoft. “We are excited that UGS is employing XAML to deliver rich 3-D information from its application suites. This is a significant step forward because now any individual associated with a product’s life cycle will have easy access to basic PLM data.”
“Microsoft is making 3-D pervasive with the advancements delivered by the Windows Presentation Foundation. UGS is taking advantage of our partner’s investment to make PLM pervasive throughout the enterprise,” said Chuck Grindstaff, executive vice president of Products at UGS. “This solution will allow UGS customers to take better advantage of their existing investment in JT and PLM XML and expand the number of disciplines involved in PLM.”
XAML redefines the way the user interfaces are created and managed, and provides for further extensions by developers. Windows Presentation Foundation makes 3-D graphics a core capability on Windows Vista™, the next version of the Windows operating system (formerly code-named “Longhorn”), giving Microsoft customers a richer experience on their desktop as more content providers create engaging interfaces with multimedia, vector graphics, animation and 3-D. UGS will take advantage of this enhanced capability to add customer business value by providing solutions that integrate PLM content in the Windows platform.
UGS is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with nearly 4 million licensed seats and 46,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, UGS’ vision is to enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through global innovation networks to deliver world-class products and services while leveraging UGS’ open enterprise solutions, fulfilling the mission of enabling them to transform their process of innovation. For more information on UGS products and services, visit www.ugs.com.
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