Altia Announces the Release of Altia Design 5.0

7/8/2002 - Altia, Inc., announces the release of Altia Design 5.0. This simulation graphics tool helps embedded systems engineers create custom and interactive virtual prototypes of the products they are developing. Version 5.0 enhancements include an object browser for ease of design navigation, support for transparent backgrounds within prototypes, graphical user interface-style (GUI) prebuilt components, and improved copy and paste capabilities.

Object Browser
The new object browser simplifies the navigation of complex designs, or virtual prototypes, created in Altia Design. It opens in a separate window alongside the design and displays a hierarchical view of all the objects in the prototype. From the browser, users can search for occurrences of any text used in animation, stimulus, or control. When an object is selected from the browser, it becomes selected in the drawing area as well. This provides an alternate form of navigation from the current focus-in/focus-out method. The object browser not only helps users locate hard-to-find objects, it also aids in troubleshooting a prototype's functions and in understanding how other people's designs were built.

Version 5.0 includes support for a transparent background, which allows other windows to show through an Altia design. Transparency is necessary in order to merge video with a design. Another useful application could be the simulation of a vehicle navigation system where map graphics from an outside source are combined with the Altia prototype of the user interface.

GUI Components
Because Altia users frequently prototype GUIs, version 5.0 includes new prebuilt drag-and-drop library components, such as radio buttons, tabs, toggles, momentary buttons, menus, and sliders in the style of an embedded/handheld device. Most objects are easily customizable because they start with simple vector graphics, which can be replaced. They are also created lightweight and flexible so that small and efficient code results when Altia DeepScreen is used to automatically generate the graphics code for them. Efficient code size is essential for deployment on most embedded devices.

Copy/Paste Functionality
If two or more components in a design have been configured to function or interact together, these links are now preserved when the components are selected, copied, and pasted. This saves users the time of reconfiguring the objects' connections after pasting.

Altia Design enables developers to create interactive, animated graphics without programming. It reduces the time required to bring products to market by enhancing communication among design team members, senior managers, and customers working on the same project. Altia Design also assists with debugging, optimizing and regression testing. The software seamlessly connects to all leading system simulation tools and programming languages.

About Altia
Four Hewlett Packard embedded systems developers discovered a customer need for host-based graphics tools to prototype instrumentation front panels. These engineers founded the privately held Altia, Inc. in 1991.

Altia's primary mission is to enhance the value of system simulation tools by expanding markets for these products through development of simulation graphics software. More than 1,500 licenses of the company's flagship product, Altia Design, have been sold worldwide, while the need for graphics software in embedded systems development continues to expand rapidly.

Altia, Inc. is located at 5030 Corporate Plaza Drive, Colorado Springs, CO, 80919. Tel: 719-598-4299, Fax: 719-598-4392, Web:

Editorial Contact:
Hannah Henry, Marketing Manager
Altia, Inc.
(719) 598-4299
(719) 598-4392 FAX

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Altia, Inc.
5030 Corporate Plaza Dr., #200
Colorado Springs, CO 80919
(719) 598-4299
(719) 598-4392 FAX
$10,000 for one Altia Design license

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