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ADVANCED VISUAL SYSTEMS ACQUIRES UNIRAS; ACQUISITION BENEFITS CUSTOMERS OF BOTH PROVIDES GREATER BREADTH OF GRAPHICS AND VISUALIZATION SOLUTIONS

 WALTHAM, Mass., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Advanced Visual Systems Inc., a leading developer of visualization and software development products for technical professionals, announced the acquisition of UNIRAS, a Denmark-based supplier of visual data analysis and presentation graphics software and software development tools for scientists, engineers and programmers.
 Advanced Visual Systems is recognized as the principal provider of leading-edge 3D visual application development frameworks in the United States and Asia, with a growing presence in Europe. UNIRAS, with its well-established European distribution channels and large customer base, has been a leading supplier of advanced 2D graphics tools for data analysis, display and presentation since 1980. As a result of the acquisition, the company will now be able to offer customers a comprehensive range of application development tools and graphics solutions through expanded worldwide support and distribution channels.
 "We are very excited about working with the high caliber of technical and sales professionals we have met at UNIRAS. This acquisition will allow us to provide to customers of both companies an outstanding range of graphics solutions -- from GUI builders and 2D graphing and plotting software to state-of-the-art 3D visualization and application development frameworks," said George Brandt, president and CEO of Advanced Visual Systems. "The acquisition of UNIRAS immediately doubles the revenues of AVS Inc., the installed customer base and the size of the company, which translates to more market share, resources and products. We have enhanced our ability to both meet the needs of our customers and maintain global leadership in the application development and visualization markets."
 Advanced Visual Systems will continue to sell and fully support the UNIRAS product line. The UNIRAS Toolmaster family of products includes agX/Toolmaster, a suite of graphics development tools; Toolmaster-UIM/X, a GUI builder; and Toolmaster ContourXplore Widgets, reusable widgets for building Motif-based applications. Other products are: UNIGRAPH+2000, an easy-to-use, interactive visual data analysis product; UNIRAS CGM, a package enabling the importing and exporting of graphics metafiles among different vendor's systems; and FGL/AGL, a collection of FORTRAN graphics libraries. The UNIRAS line also includes the most comprehensive suite of hardcopy output device drivers in the industry.
 UNIRAS customers will benefit from AVS Inc.'s leading-edge technology in visualization, interactive 3D graphics and visual programming, its sound financial base, and its successful and experienced management team. AVS customers will benefit from a broader spectrum of tried and tested production-level technology and a strong European distribution network. All customers will benefit from a larger, stronger company with a more complete range of visualization and graphics product offerings worldwide.
 AVS Inc. will continue research and development, sales operations and customer support services in Copenhagen, Denmark. AVS Inc. plans to operate the existing European UNIRAS subsidiaries in France, Germany and Italy and to consolidate the AVS Inc. and UNIRAS operations in the United Kingdom. All European operations will conduct business as AVS/UNIRAS. The U.S. UNIRAS operations will be merged with the existing AVS Inc. operations.
 UNIRAS market segments include environmental, geographic information systems, oil and gas, aerospace, automotive, defense, government, biotechnology, energy supply, manufacturing, communication, education and research. The UNIRAS customer list includes most of the largest technology-based industrials such as British Petroleum, Agip, Shell, Ford, Aerospatiale, Schlumberger and Alcatel.
 Advanced Visual Systems Inc., headquartered in Waltham, Mass. is a leader in the development and delivery of visualization software products for scientific, engineering and business professionals and application developers. The company has been at the forefront of visualization technology since 1988 when the research and development of Application Visualization System (AVS(TM)) first began. The company's flagship product, AVS, has emerged as the industry standard, platform- independent visualization application software and development environment, with thousands of users worldwide. Advanced Visual Systems now offers advanced visualization solutions on more than twenty platforms from supercomputers to workstations to PCs. AVS Inc.'s customers include British Telecom, Xerox, Fujitsu, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Mobil Oil and NASA, as well as many existing UNIRAS customers.
 NOTE: AVS and UNIRAS are trademarks of Advanced Visual Systems. All other trademarks are those of their respective holders.
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 /CONTACT: Marsha Gordon of Advanced Visual Systems Inc., 617-890-4300; or Andy Pool of Brodeur & Partners, Inc., 617-894-0003, for Advanced Visual Systems/


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