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In the News

News Release
April 27th, 2001

Design-Made-Easy With FloorPlanŽ 3D Design Suite Software From IMSIŽ

 

London, 27 April, 2001 - Interior designers, custom home builders, re-modellers and hobbyists can now easily design, visualise, plan, create blueprints and automatically keep track of costs with FloorPlan 3D Design Suite version 6, the latest upgrade to IMSI's award-winning FloorPlan software. Distributed exclusively in the UK by MediaGold, FloorPlan 3D Design Suite v6 is available in selected retail outlets now at a RRP of £39.99 including VAT.

With its new features and including two other great software packages, TurboProject Express and TurboCAD Designer, FloorPlan 3D Design Suite v6 gives users the ability to walk through an entire house over the Internet so that users can share their designs with anyone over the Internet and friends and family can tour a new home room-to-room as easily as playing a video game. All a viewer needs is a VRML-capable Web browser like Internet Explorer.

"The range of this package is phenomenal. With so many powerful tools in one, this latest edition of FloorPlan is so easy to use it meets the needs of everyone involved in home or office remodelling - even novices can design detailed floor plans from start to finish," says Jo Wood, CEO of MediaGold, exclusive UK distributor for IMSI.

FOUR ESSENTIAL TOOLS FOR DESIGN
FloorPlan 3D Design Suite v6 include four essential tools for design:

  • The Materials Estimator works with designs to produce an accurate materials list. Users can edit, print or export lists into easy-to-import, Microsoft Excel® compatible files and keep track of information such as product descriptions, manufacturer information, room-by-room cost allowances, quantities, units and pricing.
  • The Custom Cabinet Builder can meet any design requirements. Users can choose from over 40 cabinet symbols, then add or remove the backsplash, toe space or nose, select the door and drawer styles, then add the finishing touches with custom materials, surface textures and colours.
  • The Style Manager allows users to import and keep track of all of their custom 3D symbols by categorising and adding new 3D objects to the FloorPlan software. Users can add and delete symbols to create custom libraries, and then customise them to match a design and create the exact room style desired.
  • The Layer Display Filter can turn entire element layers on and off with a single click or drill-down to specific objects like walls, furniture, lighting and appliances.

Furthermore, FloorPlan is bundled with TurboCAD Designer computer-aided design software and TurboProject Express to give users added power and functionality.

TurboCAD Designer allows users to create custom symbols to represent furniture and other fixtures and keep them in a furniture library for use in future designs. TurboCAD Designer is also the easiest way to turn FloorPlan designs into final blueprints suitable for construction. It has the latest AutoCAD® file compatibility, Internet compatibility and features state-of-the-art TurboCAD instructional courseware making it easy for users to draft projects instantly with this powerful, precision CAD programme.

The FloorPlan Blueprint Bridge can automate the process of converting FloorPlan files into professional looking architectural TurboCAD drawings. This application allows users to create full 3D wire frame views of models and organise professional presentations. Users can also produce customisable print to scale options such as sheet size and use insertion tools for the foundation plan, roofs, window schedules, and plan views of different floors and views.

The Corel OCR Trace can convert scanned blueprints or print outs of existing floor plan drawings to fully editable, vector-based files for easy importing directly into TurboCAD Designer. Advanced raster-to-vector functionality with features designed to accommodate more complex, larger drawings also include the ability to scan existing blueprints, clean up stray pixels and reduce the colours of a scanned image.

TurboProject Express allows users to manage a remodel or design project by tracking project scheduling, monitoring timelines, estimating labour expenses, reviewing changes, and managing work crews. Plus, both applications are easy to learn and offer dozens of tools, information, and an intuitive interface.

System requirements

 


Minimum Required


Recommended

133 Pentium Processor MHz
64 MB RAM
SVGA Display Monitor
(640x480, 256 colours)
CD-ROM
80 MB Hard Drive to Install
(plus room for created drawings)
Windows® 95

166 Pentium Processor MHz
96 MB RAM
SVGA Display Monitor
(800x600, 16-bit colour)
CD-ROM
140 Plus MB Hard Drive to Install
(depending on applications installed)
OS Windows® 95, 98, 2000 or NT OS

Pricing and availability
Distributed exclusively in the UK and Europe by MediaGold, FloorPlan 3D Design Suite v6 has an RRP of £39.99 incl. VAT and is available in retail outlets in May 2001. For further information, contact MediaGold on +44 (0) 20 7221 4600.

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TRADEMARKS AND COPYRIGHTS
IMSI and ArtToday are registered trademarks of International Microcomputer Software, Inc. and ArtToday, Inc, respectively. All other products are the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

Safe Harbour Statement
This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors including the ability of the company to successfully commercialise its new technologies as well as risk factors set forth under "Factors Affecting Future Operating Results" in the company's annual report on Form 10-K and such other risks detailed from time to time in the company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company undertakes no obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions to these forward-looking statements, which may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.


About IMSI
IMSI owns and operates three business divisions: Design Software, ArtToday.com and Design.NET. The company's Design software division is based on award-winning TurboCAD computer aided design software (winner of PC Direct Editor's Choice - visit TurboCAD.com) and FloorPlan3D home design software (winner of PC Magazine Editor's Choice - visit FloorPlan.com). The company has sold over 2 million units of these software products to date and has invested 15 years in the development of this technology. ArtToday.com, is a wholly owned subsidiary of IMSI and offers 1 million images, photos, fonts and other digital content over the Internet. Design.NET's charter is to offer home design online with 3D viewing and editing.

About MediaGold
MediaGold International manages the development of consumer and business software (and associated products). With offices in London, Munich and Paris, MediaGold has over 15 years' experience providing business development services on a pan-European and International basis, to clients such as Intuit, Prima Books and Macmillan Software throughout retail, e-tail, corporate, OEM, distribution, re-publishing, catalogue and direct sales channels.

Reviews
If you would like a review copy, please contact Mary Burtt at Platform on 020 8964 9149 or email mary@platformpr.com.


FLOORPLAN 3D DESIGN SUITE V6

POWERFUL TOOLS MAKE TASKS EASIER AND MORE EFFICIENT

1. Expandable Parametric Object Database to customise windows, doors and cabinet ideas. Includes over 130 new symbols.

2. Customisable Room Properties. Edit and view properties on a per-room basis. Set room allowances for budgeting the total amounts for each room based on the materials used. Room properties and allowances are now incorporated into the materials list room-by-room.

3. Choose how many panes of glass are in your window or how many panels are in your door and save them as new objects.

4. Award-winning Lightworks® technology with photo-quality output brings true-to-life lighting analysis to any view.

5. Add depth to your 3D rendering by adding a view to your windows. See how a house might look in a natural setting like the mountains, by a lake or in the woods.

6. Improved Automatic Roof Editor now includes everything from shed roofs to cathedral ceilings.

7. The Collision Detection feature helps avoid costly mistakes. For example, the programme will not allow you to place a refrigerator on top of a sink or a chair inside of a wall.

8. Multiple Views of the same drawing can be viewed simultaneously. For example, working in 2D and seeing the results in 3D. This gives the user the ability to move through their creation in a realistic scale.