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Template Graphics Software announces OpenGL for Win32s; OpenGL for Windows NT applications can now be deployed on Windows 3.1.

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 15, 1994--Template Graphics Software Inc. (TGS) Tuesday announced its plan to provide OpenGL for Win32s.

OpenGL is a 3-D graphics interface included with Microsoft Windows NT 3.5 and will be available from Microsoft for Windows 95. The TGS product allows applications developed on those operating systems to be deployed on existing Windows 3.1 systems. OpenGL for Win32s is a direct port of OpenGL to the GDI interface and accomplishes all rendering using the main CPU processor.

OpenGL is a 3-D graphics interface developed by Silicon Graphics Inc. and licensed by a number of hardware and software companies, including TGS, IBM, DEC and Microsoft. TGS is providing OpenGL to environments not directly supported by the operating-system vendor, including Sun Microsystems' Solaris, Apple Computer's Power Macintosh and now Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 3.1.

TGS has also licensed Open Inventor from Silicon Graphics, which is a C++ authoring tool for 3-D application development that uses OpenGL for graphics rendering. TGS is planning to support Open Inventor on Sun, IBM, HP and DEC UNIX systems, as well as Open Inventor for Microsoft Visual C/C++ on Windows 3.1, Windows NT, Windows 95 and Apple Power Macintosh.

``OpenGL is an attractive portability layer for graphics developers that want to reuse code across UNIX, Windows and Macintosh platforms,'' said Robert Weideman, vice president of marketing for TGS. ``We see OpenGL for Win32s as a Windows legacy and portability product, and one needed for completeness, as well as for supporting our future product plans.''

Silicon Graphics sees OpenGL for Win32s, and other OpenGL products from TGS, as the final pieces to total OpenGL support.

``We have seen demand for OpenGL continue to accelerate,'' said Mason Woo, product manager for OpenGL at Silicon Graphics. ``TGS has delivered OpenGL in a variety of environments, which has greatly simplified porting for the application developer. With TGS supporting OpenGL for Sun Solaris, Windows 3.1 and Apple Power Macintosh, OpenGL now spans every major computing platform in the industry.''

OpenGL for Win32s is the result of a technology acquisition from MediaVision (news release on Nov. 15, 1994). TGS is currently working with various software developers under nondisclosure, and plans to begin beta shipments of the product in January 1995. Final release of OpenGL for Win32s is scheduled for first-quarter 1995.

TGS produces open-systems-based software tools for application developers of Fortune 500, government, independent software vendors (ISV), and academic and research organizations. TGS has offered standards-based graphics tools since 1982 and is the leading independent software supplier of cross-platform graphics tools based upon PHIGS+, OpenGL and Open Inventor.

Template Graphics Software, with headquarters in San Diego, is a member of ANSI/ISO graphics committees and the OpenGL Advisory Forum, and is active in establishing new standards and directions for computer graphics technologies. -0-

NOTE TO EDITORS: The TGS logo and FIGARO+ are trademarks for Template Graphics Software Inc. Windows, Win32s and Windows NT are trademarks of Microsoft Corp. OpenGL and Open Inventor are trademarks of Silicon Graphics Inc. Solaris is a trademark of Sun Microsystems Inc. Apple is a registered trademark and Power Macintosh, Power Mac and Mac OS are trademarks of Apple Computer Inc. All other trademarks belong to their respective companies.

CONTACT: Template Graphics Software Inc., San Diego
 Diane Connolly, 619/457-5359, ext. 222
 info(at-sign)tgs.com
 or
 McQUERTERGROUP, San Diego
 Cathy Batchelor, 619/450-0030
 batchelors(at-sign)aol.com
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