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Altair Adds DSHplus from FLUIDON to its HyperWorks Enabled Community

Brad Rutledge

Antoine Poussier
+1-248-614-2400 Ext. 293

Altair Continues to Diversify its HyperWorks Platform with Leading Third-Party Applications

TROY, Mich. – Dec. 16, 2008 – Altair (www.altair.com) announced today the addition of the DSHplus suite from FLUIDON a leader in simulation of fluid power systems (www.fluidon.com) to its HyperWorks Enabled Community (HWEC), bringing the total applications available under the HyperWorks platform to 46, including 18 third-party software solutions. HyperWorks customers can now download the latest version (V3.6) of DSHplus View and Solve, along with all other available applications, at zero incremental cost using their existing HyperWorks software license system at www.hyperworkscommunity.com.

"Being part of the HyperWorks Enabled Partner Program gives FLUIDON the opportunity to provide its simulation tools to the HyperWorks community worldwide,“ said Dr. Heiko Baum, managing director, FLUIDON GmbH. “The program brings Altair into a position to offer best-in-class solutions for various applications in addition to the HyperWorks suite. Particularly in simulating mechatronic systems and in the area of fluid power applications, FLUIDON is complementing Altair's offering.”

With the addition of DSHplus, Altair continues to provide its customers with more software options to diversify and increase their return on investment in HWEC, and gives third-parties the opportunity to gain added exposure and marketshare.

“The biggest advantage is for the user, who has access to a broad range of simulation products to cover almost every application needed at no additional cost. Joining the partner program therefore leads to a win-win-win situation, for the customer, for Altair, and for us," added Dr. Baum.

As one of the world's leading software for the dynamic calculation of complex hydraulic and pneumatic systems and components, DSHplus accumulates decades of experiences in the areas of computer based design tools and engineering know-how to solve fluid technical problems. It offers various state-of–the-art interfaces to support a stand-alone fluid power system development and to enable a convenient model preparation and exchange for a mechatronical simulation approach.

HyperWorks is a suite of enterprise analytic applications that includes statistical, database, visualization and simulation software to help companies make better business decisions. Its patented on-demand computing licensing technology allows users to transparently share software licenses globally across a broad suite of applications. With the HyperWorks Enabled Community, Altair is extending the HyperWorks Platform from 28 internally developed solutions to more than 40 with the addition of new third-party ISV applications like DSHplus. Customers can operate all applications under their existing HyperWorks software licenses, increasing flexibility and the value of their investment.

In addition to DSHplus, popular third-party enterprise analytics applications already available for download in the HyperWorks Enabled Community (www.hyperworkscommunity.com) include DesignLife from nCode, FEKO from EMSS, FEMFAT from Magna, SC/Tetra from Software Cradle, CFD++ from Metacomp, HiQube and solidThinking.

“DSHplus is very complimentary to Altair’s MotionSolve and its addition to the HWEC allows us to expand our multi-body dynamics offering,“ said Michael Humphrey, Altair vice president of partner programs. “Since the launch of the program this Summer, we have received applications from more than 250 of our HyperWorks customers. This robust adoption validates the tremendous power and value of the HyperWorks Enabled Community, which provides our clients with access to a growing suite of third-party software for little or no incremental cost, at a time when controlling software spend is critical.“


FLUIDON is a global leading provider of engineering services and simulation software for fluid power applications. As a spin-off of RWTH Aachen University, FLUIDON bundles in its software DSHplus decades of experience from the world's most established institute for fluid power systems - the Institute for Fluid Power Drives and Controls (IFAS). This close cooperation guarantees the actual technological expertise in hydraulic and pneumatic research topics. FLUIDON counts over 300 customers worldwide across a variety of industries including automotive, machine tools, heavy equipment, medical, and research. To learn more, please visit www.fluidon.com.

About Altair

Altair Engineering, Inc. empowers client innovation and decision-making through technology that optimizes the analysis, management and visualization of business and engineering information. Privately held with more than 1,400 employees, Altair has offices throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. With a 20-year-plus track record for product design, advanced engineering software and grid computing technologies, Altair consistently delivers a competitive advantage to customers in a broad range of industries. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com.

About the HyperWorks Enabled Community Program

HyperWorks uses a subscription-based software licensing model, where software licenses float across the enterprise, and customers can use floating licenses to access a broad suite of Altair developed and third party software applications. Customers benefit from unmatched flexibility and access, resulting in maximum software utilization, productivity and ROI. For more information about the HyperWorks Enabled Partner Program, visit www.hyperworkscommunity.com.

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