“COSMIC BLOBS” LAUNCHES VERSION 1.1 FOR PC
New version of award-winning 3D modeling
program allows kids to create amazing computer art and animation movies on Mac
PARIS – June 8, 2005 – Dassault Systmes
(NASDAQ: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) today announced the launch of
Cosmic Blobs(R) software version 1.1 for Apple Macintosh(R) and Windows(R) PC
systems. Available for the first time on the Mac(R) computer, Cosmic Blobs (www.cosmicblobs.com)
is the world’s most powerful 3D graphics creativity software ever invented for
kids, and now includes a movie file capture feature, improved content graphics,
and an expanded user interface. Cosmic Blobs acts like modeling clay on the
computer, enabling users to design and animate creations in the style of today’s
coolest computer-generated cartoons and movies.
Originally released for the PC in 2004,
Cosmic Blobs gives children ages 7 to 14 endless options for sculpting,
decorating, and animating 3D computer models called “Blobs.” Kids start with
basic shapes, and use an array of tools to bend, pull, stretch, and sculpt their
inventions. They can then decorate them with colors, textures, and decals before
bringing them to life with animation. With Cosmic Blobs version 1.1, budding
artists enjoy an improved user interface, new decals and textures, downloadable
bonus content, and the ability to capture animated movies.
“Cosmic Blobs version 1.1 incorporates
powerful new features and enhancements based on feedback we received after the
initial launch six months ago. Kids can now capture and save their animated
movies, and the improved user interface and starter content make it easier than
ever for children to interact with 3D modeling technology,” said Scott Harris,
Cosmic Blobs’ creator. “The Mac platform is considered a standard in graphic
design for various consumer and entertainment creativity applications, and
Cosmic Blobs is a unique 3D application that is sure to appeal to the Mac
Cosmic Blobs’ integration with the iLife(R)
and iWork(TM) applications further enhances the program’s functionality on the
Mac. Cosmic Blobs also aligns well with Apple’s commitment to content
creativity, particularly with the education market.
The original PC-only version of Cosmic Blobs,
Lab Rat Edition, has earned significant recognition from various parents’ and
children’s product review organizations, including a 2005 Parents’ Choice
Recommended award, a 4.5 star rating from Children’s Technology Review, and a
listing as one of Dr. Toy’s Smart Play/Smart Toy Children’s Products for 2005.
Cosmic Blobs successful adoption into school systems around the world has also
contributed to the new version’s design as the development team incorporated
feedback from educators and students extensively while building version 1.1.
Dassault Systmes will release themed
expansion packs for Cosmic Blobs on a regular basis, with the first, “Critter
Chaos,” included free with this new version of the program. “Critter Chaos”
includes fantastic animal-themed models, textures, decals, animations, and
background options. Bonus Cosmic Blobs content and instructional information is
also available through the use of Mac OS X Tiger’s new Dashboard functionality.
The Cosmic Blobs “Widget,” the first designed specifically for children,
provides desktop access to models, tutorials, and educational curricula for
kids, parents, and educators.
Cosmic Blobs runs on Macintosh OS X version
10.3 Panther and 10.4 Tiger with a G4 1.25 GHz processor or better and 256MB of
RAM. For Windows PC, a Pentium III 1.0 GHz processor or better, 256MG of RAM,
and a 32MB 3D video card is recommended.
Pricing and Availability
Cosmic Blobs version 1.1 is available for
purchase online at
or at Amazon.com with an MSRP of $44.99. Cosmic Blobs will be available for the
first time in retail at the Apple Company Stores beginning in July 2005.
For more information on Cosmic Blobs, visit
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About the Cosmic Blobs Team
Cosmic Blobs(R) computer software is the
result of sustained efforts to bring the power of 3D computer graphics to
everyone, including children. The Cosmic Blobs team is a dedicated group of
programmers, mathematicians, artists, and visionaries – all kids at heart. For
more information, visit
About Dassault Systmes
As world leader in 3D and PLM
(Product Lifecycle Management) solutions, the Dassault Systmes group brings
value to more than 80,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D
software market since 1981, Dassault Systmes develops and markets PLM
application software and services that support industrial processes and provide
a 3D vision of the entire life cycle of products from conception to maintenance.
Its offering includes integrated PLM solutions for product development (CATIA(R),
DELMIA(R), ENOVIA(R), SMARTEAM(R)), mainstream 3D design tools (SolidWorks(R)),
and 3D components (Spatial/ACIS(R)). Dassault Systmes is listed on the Nasdaq (DASTY)
and Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) stock exchanges. For more information, visit