Alibre Design 2011 is faster and easier to use

Paul Boughton
Alibre Inc is releasing Alibre Design 2011, which is claimed to make designing in 3D easier and more robust thanks to major enhancements, including a complete top-to-bottom code re-write, a native 64-bit version, powerful sheet metal conversion tools, and numerous time-saving tools and customisation features. Available immediately for download, Alibre Design 2011 delivers dramatic improvements in efficiency and performance.
With prices starting at only $99 for the Personal Edition (PE), $699 for the Professional version and $1399 for the Expert version, Alibre Design 2011 is said to bring the power of 3D CAD design to everyone, from home users and inventors to entrepreneurs, designers, engineers and scientists. Alibre Design 2011's new improvements and features include a full port of the code to C# to make it the first native 64-bit version - which is important for users that want to create designs of considerable size and complexity.
New Alibre Design 2011 features include:
* New sheet metal conversion tools with automatic conversion: imported or natively designed solids can be converted automatically into 'unfoldable' sheet metal parts so that users can take libraries of solids generated from other applications and convert them into fully native, editable sheet metal parts. Sheet metal parts can also be designed in a normal part workspace and then converted to sheet metal later, thereby fast-tracking many common design requirements.
* Complete code rewrite and native 64-bit version for larger and more complex models: Alibre Design 2011 has been completely rewritten in the C# programming language, in addition to being re-architected to support a native 64-bit version of the software. This enables Alibre power users to make models of substantial complexity and size, while providing performance benefits.
* New faster 2D detailing framework avoids confusing toolbars and dialogue boxes: 2D detailing is now faster with the new in-place editing framework. This set of tools is hyper-context sensitive, enabling users to avoid toolbars and dialogue boxes for the majority of tasks.
J Paul Grayson, Alibre chairman and CEO, comments: "We are tremendously excited to be able to provide our customers with this release. More so than in any previous version, Alibre Design 2011 brings a wonderful complement of stability, performance and new features that will fundamentally enable new workflows and design practices. As usual, almost all of the enhancements were directly driven by our customers. And the feedback we have gotten from the beta program is that people are extremely excited."
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