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Avid Announces Worldwide Availability of Alienbrain Studio 7.1

Avid Technology Inc. announced the worldwide availability of Avid Alienbrain Studio 7.1 asset management software, offering increased support for creative teams developing complex CG games, 3D simulation programs and animated film projects.

With new and enhanced features, Alienbrain Studio 7.1 enables CG professionals to work more productively by delivering faster previews, expanded help and search capabilities, and improvements for remote collaboration. Alienbrain Studio is an integral part of the Avid Computer Graphics production pipeline - the comprehensive and integrated CG content creation environment to include 3D animation, digital asset management and nonlinear editing tools.

Gregor vom Scheidt, managing director at Avid, said, Many studios continue to look for best-of-breed tools that offer a simple, visual way to streamline workflow and collaboration for development teams. With Alienbrain Studio 7.1, weve addressed this need with enhancements that make it easier for artists, programmers and technical directors to work from multiple locations while efficiently managing all of the media-rich assets they create. While maintaining support for a wide range of competitive digital content creation tools, weve also strengthened the interoperability of the Avid Computer Graphics production pipeline by making the Alienbrain user interface available as an embedded view within SOFTIMAGE|XSI software. As a result, were giving CG professionals access to the most robust and open asset management system on the market.

Alienbrain Studio 7.1 software significantly enhances all stages of the digital content creation process by securely storing, versioning and tracking assets in a central location and offering powerful plug-ins for the leading 3D, 2D and programming pipeline tools. The new version improves productivity and performance by speeding up the display, local caching and server-side pre-generation of thumbnails and previews. Change set workflows have also been optimized and extended with support for changes as entire logical entities, so results of a complex merge operation can now be redirected to a change set for further pre-submit inspections. Alienbrain Studio 7.1 offers the option for content creators - working either remotely or locally -- to access files simultaneously, checking out and merging assets based on previous versions in the history. Searching capabilities have also been refined to include a powerful and flexible search across asset and change set histories, as well as across local assets. The software also incorporates context-sensitive help options, making it easy for users to reference the subject matter that is of most interest to them.

Alienbrain Studio is available in the following configurations from the Alienbrain Website (www.alienbrain.com/purchase), and from authorized resellers:

* Alienbrain Studio 7.1 Developer Client for $690* Alienbrain Studio 7.1 Designer Client for $1,250* Alienbrain Studio 7.1 Manager Client for $2,190

Avid Technology Inc. (www.avid.com) is a world leader in digital nonlinear media creation, management, and distribution solutions, enabling film, video, audio, animation, games, and broadcast professionals to work more efficiently, productively and creatively.

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