End of Life Announcement for Gridgen's Native CAD Readers

FORT WORTH, TX (04 November 2010) – Pointwise announces the end of life (EOL) of the Gridgen Native CAD Reader (NCR) product effective 31 December 2010.

Gridgen's NCRs are based on the TTF Foundations Libraries, originally developed by the TTF Group then acquired by Adobe and most recently by Tech Soft 3D. Tech Soft 3D has announced the EOL of the TTF Foundation Libraries effective 31 Dec 2010. Hence, Gridgen's NCRs are end-of-lifed also.

Yanick Fluhmann, Director of Business Development for Tech Soft 3D wrote:, "As you may know, Adobe end of lived the TTF Foundation Libraries on 31 Dec 2009 and that Tech Soft 3D assumed control of Adobe's translation technology and development team on 1 July 2010. Since that time, TS3D has released a next generation translation platform called HOOPS 3D Exchange (3DX). HOOPS 3DX is the exciting rebirth of the original TTF technology and contains many important new features and updated CAD format support. Tech Soft 3D is committed to evolving this technology according to the needs of the marketplace."

"Consistent with Adobe's EOL announcement for this product, Tech Soft 3D will not be updating the TTF Foundation Libraries. All TTF Foundation Library customers are being encouraged to switch to the new HOOPS 3DX solution to receive the latest CAD formats and numerous features and enhancements. As such, we have asked Pointwise to stop selling the old TTF libraries effective 31 Dec 2010."

Pointwise plans to add CAD import capabilities to its next-generation Pointwise software in the near future. In the interim, all current Gridgen NCR customers will be provided with perpetual license files.

Pointwise, Inc. is solving the top problem facing engineering analysts today - mesh generation for computational fluid dynamics (CFD). The company's Gridgen and Pointwise software generates structured, unstructured and hybrid meshes; interfaces with CFD solvers, such as ANSYS FLUENT, STAR-CD, ANSYS CFX and OpenFOAM® as well as many neutral formats, such as CGNS; runs on Windows (Intel and AMD), Linux (Intel and AMD), Mac and Unix, and has scripting languages that can automate CFD meshing. Large manufacturing firms and research organizations worldwide rely on Pointwise as their complete CFD preprocessing solution. More information about Gridgen and Pointwise is available at www.pointwise.com.

Pointwise and Gridgen are registered trademarks and Pointwise Glyph, Gridgen Glyph, and T-Rex are trademarks of Pointwise, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owner.

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Jan Batts
Pointwise, Inc.