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IDEAL.com Announces Distribution Agreement with Avatech Solutions 08.05.2003

August 5, 2003
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Avatech has been granted a US-wide authorization to provide IDEAL/Contex large format scanners and complimentary software as a part of their single-source solutions offerings.

IDEAL.com has partnered with Avatech Solutions to bring its entire line of scanning solutions to Avatech's government, education and commercial customers. Avatech, a leading provider of design automation and PLM solutions for the manufacturing, building design, and engineering markets, has been granted a US-wide authorization to provide IDEAL/Contex large format scanners and complimentary software as a part of their single-source solutions offerings.

"The relationship between IDEAL and Avatech will provide significant value to customers that need to work with scanned images in conjunction with their general design automation needs," states Jay Magenheim, president of IDEAL.com. "As one of the largest Autodesk integrators worldwide, Avatech provides IDEAL with an excellent infrastructure for marketing and supporting its scanning solutions to the marketplace. It's this kind of partner focus that enables IDEAL to continue developing a wide range of large format products for our customers."

A Full-Range Of Scanning Solutions
Avatech will offer the full series of large format monochrome and color scanners by IDEAL/Contex. In addition, they will offer complimentary software including WiseImage, which brings scanned drawings directly into AutoCADR and provides raster cleanup, CAD-style raster editing and raster-to-vector conversion of lines, arcs, circles, text, hatch, line styles and symbols. PlanTracer software converts raster floor plans or 2D AutoCAD floor plans into intelligent 3D Autodesk Architectural DesktopT objects automatically and/or semi-automatically. Consistent Software develops both PlanTracer and WiseImage products. For their government customers, Avatech will work through IDEAL.com who is also an authorized GSA partner for government procurement.

"Our customers are looking for affordable, scaleable scanning solutions they can use right in their office to convert their paper drawings into rich digital design data," said Debra Keith, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Avatech Solutions. "We are pleased to partner with IDEAL.com because they fit these specific customer needs - affordable scanners with a unique upgrade program to grow as our customers' business grows and software to accurately convert and manage this data."

Avatech and IDEAL.com will be hosting a webcast on August 21, 2003 at 1:00 pm EDT to demonstrate how converting paper drawings to digital data can help solve challenges such as storage, document management, downstream data use and government regulation requirements. To register for the webcast, visit http://www.ideal.com/promo/avatech.asp.

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