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Avanquest UK, a leading software publisher, has launched IMSIโ€™s flagship CAD product TurboCAD for the Mac OS X.

The new version of TurboCAD includes over 250 design and drafting tools with tips and customisable keyboard shortcuts, all intended to bring more efficiency to the design process. TurboCAD contains a full complement of dimensioning tools and snaps, plus it has the capability to import fifteen and export eleven different CAD and graphics formats.

โ€œMac OS X is ideally suited for CAD applications and we're very excited to bring TurboCAD back to the Mac platform to take advantage of the new features in Tiger,โ€ said Bob Mayer, EVP of Precision Design, IMSI. โ€œThanks to the speed and flexibility of Tiger's new Spotlight technology, you can quickly search the extensive TurboCAD symbol library using relevant keywords to easily identify candidate parts.โ€

TurboCAD Explorer
The TurboCAD Explorer includes an intuitive Layer Manager and Symbol Palette with drag and drop access to over 8,000 symbols and parts including electrical, mechanical, bathroom, kitchen, construction, LAN, CMOS, doors, windows, counters, fasteners, HVAC components, and more.

3D to 2D Conversion Tool
TurboCAD for the Macintosh includes a conversion tool which automatically allows you to create precise 2D wireframe and hidden line drawings from imported 3D components or assembly drawings, including AutoCADยฎ DXF and DWG files. With this innovative tool, the user can quickly create production-ready drawings and additional auxiliary, detail, and section views.

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Compatibility and Programmability
TurboCAD offers great compatibility with both the CAD and Graphic Designer communities. TurboCAD supports import of the follow file formats: DXF, DWG, ACISยฎ SAT, Adobeยฎ Illustratorยฎ, BMP, CATIAยฎ v4, Grid Surface, IGES, PICT, ProEยฎ, Rhino 3DM, Spline, STEP, Tex, Truespace COB. TurboCAD exports to the following file formats: DXF, DWG, ACISยฎ SAT, Adobeยฎ Illustratorยฎ, CATIAยฎ v4, CGM, EPS, IGES, PICT, STEP, Text.

Prices and availability
TurboCAD for the Macintosh runs natively on Mac OS X 10.2 and later and is available from and selected retail outlets for ยฃ79.99inc. Visit for more information.

About IMSI
Founded in 1982, IMSI has established a tradition of providing the professional and home user with innovative technology and easy-to-use, high-quality software products at affordable prices. The company maintains two business divisions. The Precision Design division, anchored by IMSI's flagship product, TurboCAD(ยฎ) and the DesignCADโ„ข line, also develops and markets other visual content and design software such as FloorPlan(ยฎ) 3D and TurboCADCAM. The division also includes several online properties focused on the sale of content and services to the architectural, engineering and construction market through its stock house plans site at and the online CAD symbol sites, and

The Consumer and Business Software Solutions division, which is anchored by Allume Systems, Inc. (formerly Aladdin Systems, Inc.), provides businesses and consumers with software solutions through its popular products such as StuffIt(ยฎ), Internet Cleanup(โ„ข), Spring Cleaning(ยฎ), SpamCatcher(โ„ข), Boost XP, OrgChart Professional (โ„ข) FormTool(โ„ข), ResumeWriter(โ„ข) and HiJaak(ยฎ). More information about IMSI can be found at and

About Avanquest Software
Avanquest Software is a global developer and leading publisher of best-selling personal and professional software designed for utilities, office productivity, communications and mobility worldwide. Headquartered in France, with operating units, subsidiaries and offices located in United States, France, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, China and Korea, Avanquest Software products are marketed in over 100 countries, through e-commerce, OEM partnerships and IT resellers. Founded in 1984 as BVRP Software and listed since December 1996 on Euronext (ISIN FR0004026714), Avanquest Software forms part of the Eurolist, NextEconomy segment and SBF 250 index. In 2004, Avanquest Software posted record financial results, with revenue of โ‚ฌ57.0M ($72.0M), operating income of โ‚ฌ6.9M ($8.7M) and a net income of โ‚ฌ5.3M ($6.7M). Additional information on Avanquest Software is available at

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