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MSC.Software Announces MSC.visualNastran FEA Rental Available Online Via Autodesk Web Portal

MSC.Software Announces MSC.visualNastran FEA Rental Available Online Via Autodesk Web Portal

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SAN MATEO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 20, 2000

MSC.Working Knowledge, a division of MSC.Software Corporation (MSC; NYSE:MNS), a leading developer of simulation and analysis software, today announced rental software, MSC.visualNastran FEA for Autodesk(R) Inventor and MSC.visualNastran FEA for Mechanical Desktop(R), available via always-on-access at the Autodesk Point A Web site (http://pointA.autodesk.com), in the Manufacturing Productivity Center.

“MSC.Software Corporation’s reputation for world class engineering simulation and analysis products, including MSC.visualNastran FEA for Inventor and MSC.visualNastran FEA for Mechanical Desktop, makes the company a perfect partner to deliver simulation and analysis rentals on the manufacturing segment of Autodesk’s Point A Web portal,” said Robert Kross, vice president of the Mechanical Market Group at Autodesk.

“Autodesk has more than 4 million customers worldwide that will have online access to MSC.visualNastran FEA for Inventor and MSC.visualNastran FEA for Mechanical Desktop,” said Frank Perna, Chairman and CEO, MSC.Software Corporation. “MSC.Software will increase penetration of the analysis software market by reaching 90 percent of the Fortune 500’s largest industrial and service corporations in the United States, which are Autodesk customers.”

ABOUT AUTODESK

Autodesk is the world’s leading supplier of PC and web design software and digital content creation tools. One of the largest software companies in the world, Autodesk has more than four million customers in over 150 countries. For more information, contact any Authorized Autodesk Reseller or visit www.autodesk.com. Discreet(TM) product information is available via the Web at www.discreet.com. Autodesk shares are traded on the Nasdaq national market under the symbol ADSK.

About the MSC.visualNastran Desktop Products

MSC.visualNastran Desktop products are for design engineers at large or small companies who need to integrate analysis early in the design process without extensive simulation support.

ABOUT MSC.SOFTWARE CORPORATION

MSC.Working Knowledge, is a division of MSC.Software Corporation (MSC; NYSE:MNS), a leading developer of simulation software. MSC develops, markets and supports software tools that simulate the performance of a product design before manufacture. The ability to model and test software prototypes has cost effectively enabled manufacturers to design and build everything from sophisticated aircraft and automobiles to electronic products. For additional information, visit us at www.workingmodel.com or www.mscsoftware.com.

Note to editors: NASTRAN is a registered trademark of NASA. MSC is a registered trademark of MSC.Software. Autodesk and Mechanical Desktop are registered trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., in the United States and/or certain other countries. All other trademarks belong to their registered owners.

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