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Autodesk Announces Planix Landscape Deluxe Suite.

Six Powerful Landscape Design Tools for Less Than $50

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK) today announced the release of Planix(R) Landscape Deluxe Suite, the only retail software package to offer six complimentary planning and design tools for residential landscaping and gardening, all in one suite. Developed specifically for homeowners, landscaping professionals and real estate agents interested in planning or redesigning exterior residential property, Planix Landscape Deluxe Suite software includes more than 3,700 high quality plant and material images -- more than any other landscape software product on the market. Included within the Planix Landscape Deluxe Suite is: Planix Landscape Deluxe, the latest version of Autodesk's popular Planix Landscape product, Encyclopedia Botanica, Planix Deck 3D, Planix Home Project Estimator, Lifestyle Software Group's Garden Companion Deluxe, and Sunset's Garden Problem Solver.

"The combination of Autodesk's pioneering image editing technology and third-party solutions lets us offer consumers the most comprehensive landscape software package on the market today," said August Grasis III, senior director of the Personal Solutions Group. "For less than $50, Planix Landscape Deluxe Suite equips users with innovative, easy-to-use tools to completely plan and design residential property at an incredibly low price."

After using the product for only two days, Keith G. Powell of Caringbah, New South Wales commented, "The graphics are great, the tutorials and help feature are as 'clear as day,' and the program is beautifully written and very quickly mastered." Powell, a finance industry retiree who is using the software to redesign his front and back yards added, "The results are outstanding."

A Suite Deal for Consumers

With Planix Landscape Deluxe Suite software, users are guided through all phases of landscaping and gardening -- from planning, layout and budgeting to plant selection, maintenance and care -- all within one unique, user-friendly solution. Ideal for new homeowners, landscape architects, real estate agents and gardeners, the six tools that comprise the new Planix Landscape Deluxe Suite of CD-ROMs include:

Planix Landscape Deluxe software allows users to create picture-perfect landscape designs in minutes by utilizing generic home images or importing actual photographs or video clips of the user's home. Consumers can use Autodesk's pioneering 24-bit landscape image editing technology to easily drag-and-drop plants and materials into the drawing. This latest version of Planix Landscape provides a 32-bit Windows(R) 98 look with capabilities such as zoom, multi-level edit, AutoScale(TM) and a docking toolbar for quick and easy landscape design. The built-in database offers information and high-quality photographic images of more than 1,600 plant and landscape materials. The "grow" feature lets users age trees on screen to determine how the landscape will change over ten years.

Encyclopedia Botanica software provides a multimedia interface, letting users find the perfect plants by searching the largest selection of images available for placement in a plan. Consumers can search the database of images by various criteria including plant name, color, sunlight, height, climate zone, seasons, and category such as perennial/annual, flowering/non-flowering. It also includes hundreds of pages of descriptive text detail about each plant by horticulture expert M. Jane Coleman Helmer, Ph.D.

Planix Deck 3D software, the number one selling deck design program, lets users design single or multi-level decks. An Application Wizard helps users select from among 17 different styles, specifying dimensions, stair locations and construction details for deck supports. Users can create custom designs and preview them in 2D or 3D from any angle, perspective or direction. The program also generates a complete materials list. This software sells separately at an estimated street price of US$39.

Home Project Estimator software calculates quantities and costs for do-it-yourself projects, allowing users to generate a shopping list and remain within budget. It also provides useful tips and tricks for home projects including both interior and landscape information. This software sells separately at an estimated street price of US$14.99.

Lifestyle Software Group's Garden Companion Deluxe software offers a complete garden planning system with an encyclopedia of more than 2,500 plants by an award-winning landscape photographer. Users can select the type of garden -- Japanese, rock, tropical -- they would like to design as well as the zone they live in. The software automatically presents all the plants needed to meet these requirements. This software sells separately at an estimated street price of US$29.95.

Sunset's Garden Problem Solver software, from the leading publisher of food, home and garden books, answers questions and provides everything to keep yards and gardens healthy, including a monthly Care Calendar. For example, users can find out why certain plants are dying or how to prevent insects from destroying the garden. This software sells separately at an estimated street price of US$29.95.

System Requirements

Minimum system requirements for Planix Landscape Deluxe Suite are a CD-ROM drive, Windows 98, Windows 95, 486DX/66 or Pentium CPU, 16MB RAM, 45 MB of free hard disk space, 256 color VGA display (800 X 600 display recommended) and a Windows-compatible mouse.

Pricing and Availability

The English version of Planix Landscape Deluxe Suite software is available immediately in the U.S. and Canada. The estimated street price in the U.S. is $49.99. Planix Landscape Deluxe Suite is available through software retailers, mail order or directly from Autodesk. Additional information can be found on the Internet at www.autodesk.com/planix.

About Autodesk

Autodesk is the fourth largest PC software company in the world and the leading supplier of PC design software and multimedia tools. More than four million customers use the company's 2D and 3D products for architectural design, civil engineering design and surveying, mechanical design, geographic information systems and mapping, and through its Kinetix(R) division for film and video production, and video game and Web content development. For more information, contact any Authorized Autodesk Reseller, call Autodesk at 800-964-6432, or visit www.autodesk.com. Autodesk shares are traded on the Nasdaq national market under the symbol ADSK.

NOTE: Autodesk, the Autodesk logo, Planix and Kinetix are registered trademarks and AutoScale is a trademark of Autodesk, Inc. in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks are used solely for the purpose of identification and belong to their respective holders.
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