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Alias/Wavefront Beginner's Learning Tool Allows Easy Entry into Digital Styling and Design; StudioTools DVD Guide Targets Industrial Design Novices.

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Alias/Wavefront(TM), an SGI (NYSE:SGI) company, announced today that it is offering a new learning tool for digital styling and design, the Learning StudioTools/Beginner's Guide.

The teaching aid, available on DVD, includes Alias Studio Personal Learning Edition computer-aided industrial design (CAID) software and step-by-step instruction on how to get started building models and creating realistic renderings in a combined 2D and 3D digital design workflow.

The Learning StudioTools/Beginner's Guide is now available for a nominal fee of US $19.99, plus shipping and handling, and can be ordered directly from the Alias/Wavefront online store at

"The Beginner's Guide is a perfect resource if you are new to 3D," says Danielle Lamothe, Learning Tools Product Manager, Alias/Wavefront. "If you've been worried about putting away your pencil and paper, this DVD will give you the self-paced help you need to confidently make the move to digital."

Full Function 3D Software

Included in the Beginner's Guide is a complete version of the highly rated Alias Studio software, available for non-commercial use. Studio provides the industrial designer with top quality 2D sketching technology, sophisticated NURBS curve and surface modeling tools, and superior photorealistic rendering tools -- all combined in one integrated workflow.

The powerful CAID software is accompanied by a guided tour of essential components and functions. The Guide covers critical aspects of working in 3D including the palette, marking menus, primitives and transformations. It also explains how to work with curves and surfaces, how to handle rendering and how to add animation.

System & Use Requirements

Learning StudioTools/Beginner's Guide requires Windows 2000 or Windows XP operating systems, Netscape Navigator 4.75 or Internet Explorer 5 browsers. Also needed is a Pentium processor of at least 600 MHz, 256 Kbytes RAM, a CD drive, an OpenGL graphics card, a 3-button mouse and 750 Mbytes of hard disc space. In addition, a digital stylus and tablet will significantly improve the user's experience. To play the DVD you will need a DVD-ROM drive or set top DVD player.

Contact Information

For more information on Learning StudioTools/Beginner's Guide, please visit the company's website at or call 1-800-447-2542 in North America. International contact numbers include: Northern Europe, Middle East and Africa, +44 (0) 1494 441273; Germany, East & Southeast Europe, 0049 89 31 70 20; France, Spain and Portugal, +33 1 44 92 81 60; Italy, 39 039 6340011; Japan, 81 3 5797 3500; and other parts of Asia Pacific, 81 3 3470 8282 and Latin America, 770 383 1881.

About Alias/Wavefront

As the world's leading innovator of 3D graphics technology, Alias/Wavefront develops software for computer aided styling, industrial design and visualization markets. Alias/Wavefront's design customers include AT&T, BMW, Boeing, Fiat, Fisher-Price, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Italdesign, Kodak, Mattel, Rollerblade, Trek Bicycle, Teague and Timex. Alias/Wavefront is a wholly owned, independent software company of SGI with headquarters in Toronto and custom development center in Santa Barbara.

The Alias/Wavefront logo, the StudioTools logo and Alias are registered trademarks and Alias/Wavefront, Alias Studio Personal Learning Edition, Studio and StudioTools are trademarks of Alias/Wavefront, a division of Silicon Graphics Limited. SGI and OpenGL are trademarks of Silicon Graphics, Inc., in the United States and/or other countries worldwide. Windows is either a registered trademark or trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Netscape Navigator is a registered trademark of Netscape Communications Corporation. Pentium is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation. Alias/Wavefront, 210 King Street East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5A 1J7, Tel: 416-362-9181, FAX: 416-369-6140.
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