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Avid Alienbrain Studio 7.5 Now Available

Avid Technology, Inc.

, announced the worldwide availability of

Avid Alienbrain

Studio 7.5, the asset management system for digital content production. Designed to meet the needs of art teams working on next-generation game development and industrial design projects, Alienbrain Studio 7.5 comes in two new configurations with new pricing: Alienbrain Essentials (starting at $495 USMSRP) and Alienbrain Advanced ($1495 USMSRP). Alienbrain Studio 7.5 also boosts team productivity with new features to improve system reliability and increase software interoperability. These include: the Server Health Monitor, a live database monitoring and diagnostic tool; full compliance with Microsoft .NET framework with native Alienbrain functionality, and updates to the plug-ins for the 3D modeling and animation packages. In addition, a free Alienbrain Reader is now available that allows casual users to access specific asset revisions and perform non-modifying operations.

Alienbrain Essentials offers two specifically optimized editions for mid-size productions. Essentials for Artists ($695 USMSRP) features a highly visual user interface with fast previews and thumbnails and unrivaled third-party integration support into the latest releases of 2D and 3D design packages. At $495 USMSRP, Essentials for Programmers includes software configuration management with intuitive branching features and change sets, integration into Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 and the award-winning Araxis Merge Professional (a $269 value).

Alienbrain Advanced, targeted at mixed or complex productions and priced at $1,495 USMSRP, offers full project control with extensive reporting and communication tools designed for team leads and project managers. In addition to the feature set of Essentials, the Advanced package includes powerful reporting and workflow capabilities, cross-platform support for Mac OS X and Linux users, and additional plug-ins for high-end design and animation applications like Alias StudioTools.

Other feature highlights of Alienbrain Studio 7.5 include: Server Health Monitor. The Server Health Monitor is amodular server-side watchdog process for operational conditions of the Alienbrain server processes that tracks available disk space, memory consumption, transactions and database journal operations. System status is reported to the administrator’s desktop and uses visual alerts to reduce the risks of unscheduled downtime and improve overall system availability.

Enhanced 3D integration. Alienbrain Studio 7.5 allows 3D tool developers to easily integrate asset management procedures into custom pipeline tools through native 3D scripting languages such as MEL and maxscript. In addition, Alienbrain Studio 7.5 supports the latest releases of major 3D applications, including SOFTMAGE|XSI 5.0, Alias Maya 7 and Autodesk Media and Entertainment 3ds Max software. Support for Microsoft .NET. Alienbrain Studio 7.5 is compliant with Microsoft’s .NET framework and programming languages such as C#, offering an easy-to-use interface integrated with the Visual

Studio development environment, offering programmers a native interaction with Alienbrain Studio.

Alienbrain Studio is available in the following configurations:

Alienbrain 7.5 Advanced for $1,495 USMSRP

Alienbrain 7.5 Essentials for Artists for $695 USMSRP

Alienbrain 7.5 Essentials for Programmers for $495 USMSRP

In addition, a new maintenance program now replaces the current maintenance and subscription programs with a flat rate model:

Alienbrain 7.5 Advanced for $400 USMRSP

Alienbrain 7.5 Essentials for $250 USMRSP