Paris, France, June 15, 2005 – Dassault Systèmes (NASDAQ: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) today announced the free availability at www.3ds.com/3dxml of the 3D XML (Extensible Markup Language) Specifications and Player, which will enable users to view and manipulate rich 3D data in a variety of industrial, consumer and commercial environments.
3D XML is a universal, lightweight XML-based format that enables users to share live, accurate 3D data quickly and easily. 3D XML is suited for fast and efficient communication. Fully based on standard XML, it allows any software program to read, write, and enrich 3D XML content using standard tools. This capability will facilitate broad adoption of 3D and will lower the cost of converting files from existing 3D formats.
Developed in conjunction with industry leaders, it provides unique features, such as multi-representation 3D structure, and unmatched compression for complex, accurate geometry, enabling rapid file transmission and shorter load times. Dassault Systèmes uses the 3D XML format in its entire line of products: CATIA, DELMIA, ENOVIA, SMARTEAM, and SolidWorks. Moreover, all members of the CAA V5 and SolidWorks developer communities will de-facto endorse the 3D XML format and will deploy it on a wide scale to their end-users.
The 3D XML Player, also available today at www.3ds.com/3dxml leverages the 3D XML Specifications and extends the use of 3D beyond traditional PLM applications. 3D content can now easily be incorporated into a variety of media, including but not limited to technical documentation, maintenance manuals, marketing brochures, websites, email communications, and many other everyday uses. With 3D XML, 3D becomes a true communication medium allowing users to “see what you mean.”
The 3D XML Player is designed to work with a wide range of application suites, including Microsoft® Office® applications, on the web with the Internet Explorer® browser or as a standalone application. It delivers Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office plug-ins, with 3D XML drag-and-drop capabilities.
“The 3D XML format is a cornerstone of Dassault Systèmes’ ambition to democratize 3D and demonstrates our commitment to openness,” said Dominique Florack, executive vice president of Strategy, Research and Development at Dassault Systèmes. “As 3D content is a core asset within the digital enterprise, it increasingly becomes critical for communication & collaboration. With the public release of the 3D XML Specifications, we are encouraging its wide adoption throughout all industries.”