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PATENT ISSUED FOR ASHLAR TECHNOLOGY; ASHLAR ANNOUNCES ISSUANCE OF GEOMETRIC INFERENCE ENGINE PATENT FOR DRAFTING ASSISTANT TECHNOLOGY

 SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Ashlar Inc. has announced the issuance of U.S. Patent No. 5,123,087 for their Geometric Inference Engine technology. This invention forms the basis of Ashlar's expert systems technology found in the Drafting Assistant, one of the significant features of Ashlar Vellum CAD software.
 The patented technology in the Drafting Assistant automatically pinpoints and aligns geometry on-screen as the user draws. The built-in intelligence identifies endpoints, midpoints, perpendiculars, centerpoints, intersection and tangencies, eliminating the need for complex geometry configurations by the user. The Drafting Assistant anticipates the user's drawing needs and responds by offering the right options at just the right time.
 "The Drafting Assistant technology is an important invention which makes drawing, designing and drafting easier, quicker and more precise. We are very excited about the issuance of the patent," said Dr. Martin Newell, Ashlar co-founder and chief of technology. "Ashlar plans to make this valuable technology available to others through a licensing program."
 Ashlar is four-year-old mechanical CAD software supplier with over 80 distributors worldwide. Ashlar Vellum is recognized around the world as a leading innovator in automating professional drawing through the development of easy to use personal CAD systems. Ashlar Vellum is now available in seven languages and is sold in 15 countries across Europe, Asia, North and South America. During the past three years, Ashlar Vellum has won five major computer industry awards for its ease of use and technological advancements.
 1989 MacUser Editors Choice Award
 Best CAD Package -- Winner
 1989 MacUser Editors Choice Award
 Most Significant New Product -- Honorable Mention
 1990 SPA Excellence in Software Award
 Best User Interface in a New Program
 1990 SPA Excellence in Software Award
 Best Vertical Market Application
 1991 BYTE Magazine Award of Merit
 Ashlar Vellum for Silicon Graphics
 Ashlar Inc. develops, markets and supports personal computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) software for Apple Macintosh(TM) and MS-DOS(TM) with Windows 3.1(TM). Ashlar Inc. is located at 1290 Oakmead Parkway, Sunnyvale, CA 94086, 800-877-2745.
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 /CONTACT: Clay Wynter Baker of Ashlar, 800-877-2745, ext. 1814/


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