Gerber Technology Announces Availability of AccuMark 8.3


New Release Supports Windows Vista and Microsoft SQL Server

TOLLAND, Conn., April 1, 2008-- Gerber Technology, a unit of Gerber Scientific, Inc. (NYSE: GRB) and the world leader in automated CAD/CAM and PLM solutions for the apparel and flexible materials industry, announces the release of AccuMark version 8.3.  This update to the industry's benchmark software for pattern design, grading and marker making includes system navigation enhancements and upgrades to enhance efficiency, data integration and ease of use.  Included in the update is an improved interface with its WebPDM and Fashion Lifecycle Management suite.

"Tight integration between CAD and PDM/PLM software is such an important factor in facilitating Product Lifecycle Management," said Bill Brewster, Gerber Technology's vice president of global marketing and product management.  "As we focus on continuous improvements to enable our customers to maintain their competitive edge, AccuMark's interface with WebPDM and our PLM suite, Fashion Lifecycle Management, is something we're really proud of.  That, combined with the other enhancements, makes this new release a valuable tool in industries including fashion where high velocity production is a must to remain competitive," he added.

In addition, Gerber Technology enhanced Pattern Wizard, one of the most popular functions within the AccuMark system.  Pattern Wizard enables users of all experience levels to quickly and easily generate graded costing patterns from a library of pre-defined garment types and finished garment size specifications; it can also be used to modify existing styles, using a measurement chart. Wizards are created by the brands and emailed to the global suppliers to control the quality of the styles being created offshore and to ensure their standard patterns are created correctly and to specification.

AccuMark V8.3 supports both SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server Express 2005. SQL Server Express 2005 is included with the AccuMark software, free of charge, so that companies can be introduced to the benefits of SQL without having to purchase Server 2005. SQL Server Express provides users with better access to statistical data from their AccuMark systems and allows users to run database applications on desktops and small servers.  

When combined with AccuMark V8.3, SQL Server 2005 provides users with increased levels of data security, user-level controls of access to data, and more robust user access to data on large networks of AccuMark systems. As the top choice in enterprise databases, SQL Server 2005 facilitates communication between the AccuMark and other ERP systems, providing easier access to the AccuMark data for querying, scheduling or even remote processing of data.

"AccuMark version 8.3 allows users to make the most of their time and resources. By listening to our customers, we continue to innovate by expanding the features to meet customer needs for both speed and cost reduction," said Angela Cruz, product manager, AccuMark family products, Gerber Technology. "We are really pleased to see this product continue to evolve and to be the leading choice of so many in the industry."

Currently available in more than 20 languages, AccuMark is the standard for pattern design, grading and marker making/nesting in the apparel, transportation interiors, furniture and industrial fabrics industries. AccuMark software is used by more than 13,000 customers worldwide, with more than 38,000 seats installed.

Customers with Software Subscription Contracts can download Version 8.3 free of charge from GERBERnet, the company's Internet-based customer service portal for software updates, replacement parts ordering and comprehensive technical documentation. Access to GERBERnet is provided via Software Subscription Contracts also offer users access to call centers around the world for further technical assistance.

About Gerber Technology

Gerber Technology (, a business unit of $625 million corporation Gerber Scientific, Inc., develops and manufactures the world's leading brands of integrated software and hardware automation systems for the sewn products and flexible materials industries. These systems automate and significantly improve the efficiency of information management, product design and development, pre-production, and production processes. The company offers specialized solutions to a variety of end-user markets including apparel, aerospace, transportation interiors, furniture, composites and industrial fabrics. Gerber Technology's world headquarters are located in Tolland, Connecticut, U.S.A. with regional offices, agents and distributors in more than 125 countries serving a total of over 17,500 customers through 16 Customer Solutions Centers on six continents. The company engineers and manufactures its products in various locations in the United States, Europe and Asia.

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