Among other additions is a multi-window interface that provides users with simultaneous access to Alibre's various modules: the Repository, Team Manager, Message Center, and multiple design spaces. Other new features are a Check Part capability that allows users to validate imported 3D geometry, improved features for modifying the geometry of imported models, support for surface geometry, and more flexible, user-definable dimension attributes.
Alibre Design continues to be distributed on a subscription basis-$1000 annually per seat covers upgrades and support. The software runs on Windows 2000/NT/XP operating systems with at least 256mb of RAM and a video card with DirectX support. (Alibre; www.alibre.com)-JD