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ADVANCED VISUAL SYSTEMS INTRODUCES NEW VISUALIZATION SOFTWARE FOR APPLICATION DEVELOPERS; ADDS NEW FEATURES FROM SUNVISION

 WALTHAM, Mass., Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Advanced Visual Systems Inc. today announced a powerful new version of its popular AVS(tm) visualization software that includes a host of enhanced features to help application developers, scientists, engineers, and other business professionals develop graphics-based applications and perform data visualization and analysis.
 The fifth release of the Application Visualization System (AVS) expands the spectrum of tools used to develop visual computing applications that process and display complex data images. AVS5 also incorporates significant new imaging and volume rendering features from the SunVision technology that Advanced Visual Systems acquired from Sun MicroSystems.
 AVS is the leading visual computing software platform, combining advanced data analysis and visualization capabilities to help scientists, engineers, and analysts gain insight from the large volumes of data generated by medical imaging systems, satellite-based sensors, computational simulations, and many other sources.
 AVS is increasingly used as a development environment to build applications in areas such as medical imaging, engineering analysis, financial modeling, environmental studies and oil and gas exploration and production. Application developers can build and deploy AVS-based vertical applications containing the AVS run time environment.
 "Together with the advent of low-cost, high-performance graphics workstations, AVS is helping visual computing migrate out of the research lab and into mainstream business and industrial operations," said Ian Reid, vice president of marketing for Advanced Visual Systems.
 "AVS provides a platform-independent framework supplying the 3D graphics, advanced visualization techniques, user interface, and distributed computing functions needed by today's visual applications. A development team can focus its efforts on user-visible vertical application functionality instead of system environment issues," Reid added. "The benefits are better applications in the hands of end-users -- much faster and with less development resources." AVS5
 AVS5 provides a set of new features that are the direct result of AVS customer feedback. In addition, the acquisition of the SunVision product from Sun Microsystems has provided significant new functionality in areas of imaging and volume rendering to AVS. The new features found in AVS5 include:
 Enhanced Application Development and Delivery Tools --A new release of Developers AVS and the AVS Runtime Creation Kit including: support for ANSI-C and C++ modules, direct user interface control for application developers, a new module source code offering, and floating runtime licenses.
 Image Processing -- AVS has been widely accepted by imaging users needing an easily customized, extensible environment for 2D and 3D imaging. With the inclusion of the SunVision imaging technology, AVS5 now contains over 50 modules specifically developed for image processing. The new Image Viewer also provides support for interactive sketching on images, image annotation, and image mensuration.
 Volume Rendering -- The SunVision volume rendering tools have been added to AVS along with direct 8-bit volume rendering for very large data sets such as 3D seismic surveys. AVS is now the industry's leading multi-platform application for volume visualization.
 Presentation Modules -- The process of data visualization and analysis does not end with a geometric object or image on the screen. Through a combination of new labeling, annotation, and output modules, AVS5 provides the user with a combination of presentation features for printed reports, videos, and slide presentations.
 Unstructured Cell Data (UCD) -- Improved capabilities have been added through new and enhanced modules. In particular, randomly sampled data such as ground water samples or demographic data can be converted to UCD data. This provides access for the environmental science and financial analysis users of AVS to a broad range of visualization techniques.
 AVS5 will begin shipping at the end of February, 1993. The Developers AVS Starter Pack is priced at $25,000. AVS Runtime licenses start at $3000 and are priced as low as $1000 for high volume developers. End-user AVS starts at $6500.


New Platform Support
 In keeping pace with the rapid changes in hardware technology, Advanced Visual Systems is committed to supporting the latest advances in computing platforms. New versions of AVS are now available on Cray, Digital Alpha AXP and VAX, and Data General AViiON systems.
 AVS is now available on more than 20 workstation and supercomputer platforms -- including systems from Convex, Cray, Data General, Digital Equipment Corp., Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Silicon Graphics, Sun and Thinking Machines --that accounted for more than 90 percent of 1992 workstation sales and 67 percent of high-performance computing system shipments.
 First introduced in 1989, AVS software has emerged as the industry standard, platform-independent visualization application software and development environment, with thousands of users worldwide. Easily tailored and applicable to a wide range of applications, AVS software is designed to accept data and create a visual display of this information using a variety of advanced visualization techniques.
 AVS software allows users to construct applications incorporating their own software code, without complex graphics programming. Easy to learn, AVS software provides a visual programming interface and powerful tools that allow applications to be designed and customized quickly. AVS provides more techniques for visualizing information than any other system commercially available, offering more than 230 visualization "modules."
 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 software developers.
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 NOTE TO EDITORS: AVS is a trademark of Advanced Visual Systems Inc. SunVision is a trademark of Sun Microsystems Inc.
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 /CONTACT: Ian Reid of Advanced Visual Systems Inc., 617-890-4300 Tony Sapienza or Gordon Woode of Miller Communications 617-536-0470, for Advanced Visual Systems/


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