Dassault Systemes (DS), a world leader in 3-D and product life-cycle management (PLM) solutions, and Microsoft Corp. launched Microsoft Virtual Earth -3DVIA (Technology Preview). This free online application, developed by Dassault Systemes, allows consumers to imagine and create realistic 3-D models — such as of buildings and structures — then share them through Microsoft Virtual Earth and online communities.

“Virtual Earth -3DVIA users will be able to build a world that mixes their future projects and ideas with real-life places, buildings and structures,” said Lynne Wilson, senior vice president and general manager of 3DVIA at Dassault Systemes. “Through Microsoft’s online geographic location mapping technology and our 3-D modeling and realistic visualization know-how, we have created a new level of realism within Virtual Earth that provides an unrestricted freedom for creativity and innovation.”

Users can download Virtual Earth -3DVIA for free and immediately begin using the fun, easy-to-use and intuitive application. Virtual Earth -3DVIA allows anyone to do the following with their ideas:

— Create. With just a few clicks, users can easily design a 3-D model of
their house, favorite building or any structure, then select from
different visualization options, textures and colors to give their 3-D
model a style of its own.

— Publish. Users can upload their 3-D models to Virtual Earth, specifying
an address or neighborhood so they can experience the model within a
real-life context.

— Share. Users can add their 3-D model to collections, and share it with
friends and colleagues through Web communities.

“Our alliance with Dassault Systemes, a company that has 26 years of technology experience in 3-D modeling, will help us bring a new level of realism to Virtual Earth,” said Stephen Lawler, general manager of Virtual Earth at Microsoft. “Microsoft is committed to delivering the highest-quality product for our Virtual Earth customers, and this enhancement is another step toward fulfilling that commitment.”

Virtual Earth -3DVIA is being released as a technology preview to allow community feedback before the next release of the product. More information about Virtual Earth -3DVIA is available online at http://maps.live.com/Help/en-us/VE3DVIADownload.htm.