Paris, France, October 2, 2007- Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, and Seemage, a leader in the creation of 3D interactive product documentation, today announced that Dassault Systèmes recently acquired Seemage. This transaction will enable DS to provide innovative solutions addressing the growing demand of its customers in the diversified area of product documentation.
“This marks another major step towards our mission to democratize 3D product-related data and exploit 3D as a universal media. We are delighted to welcome the team from Seemage – an innovative start-up founded by Eric Piccuezzu and James Dugalais, on board,” says Bernard Charlès, president and CEO, Dassault Systèmes. “We are extending the usefulness of 3D Product Lifecycle Management to new communities including customer service, technical training, marketing and sales by offering a new class of desktop-based content authoring tools. Chris Williams, CEO of Seemage, will be leading this effort as General Manager, 3DVIA Enterprise Solutions.”
“As part of 3DVIA, DS’s brand for online 3D lifelike experiences, we will be able to reach a broad audience of new users,” states Williams. “Seemage’s open XML-based architecture integrates seamlessly with enterprise systems and enables users to easily create compelling 3D-based composite documents directly on the desktop. This allows companies to leverage their strategic PLM investments and reuse this information for any type or size of product, whether a stereo, coffee machine, or an aircraft.”
By reusing 3D design information, PLM product-related data and information from ERP and CRM systems, any user anywhere will be able to create rich product deliverables and product documentation. This will deliver a multitude of advantages for enterprises, business partners and consumers, allowing them to get more value out of PLM and 3D CAD investments.
“The combination of Dassault Systèmes, Seemage and Microsoft’s solutions will provide users with a seamless desktop environment, to drive efficiency, reduce errors and improve ease of use, in a 3D paperless environment. Non-engineering users will be able to combine 3D information and data from enterprise systems to create documentation using familiar Microsoft Office on their desktops. This is a result of our strategic choice to base our solutions on open XML standards,” explains Sanjay Parthasarathy, corporate vice president, Developer and Platform evangelism Group at Microsoft Corporation.
3DVIA Seemage users can exploit 3D data from multiple formats (JT, Parasolid, ProE, V5, STEP, IGES, etc.) and create secure content to be used standalone or embedded into Microsoft® Office®, PDFs, Web pages and more.
DS will fully integrate 3DVIA Seemage’s product line with all its solutions, making desktop content authoring of 3D-based documentation available through all of DS’s sales channels. DS will immediately provide its 3DVIA Seemage existing products to all markets segments. DS will also provide an interactive 3D enterprise publishing system targeting the services and after-sales market.