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Perforce Software Integrates Its SCM System with Graphics Tools

Now creative teams can easily version their work and collaborate with software engineers

Yateley, UK, January 4, 2005 - Perforce Software today announced integrations between Perforce SCM, its software configuration management system, and three popular graphics applications: Discreet's 3ds max, Adobe's Photoshop, and Alias' Maya. The new integrations encourage collaboration during the creative process and enable artists and developers to version, store and manage their code and digital assets more efficiently.

The Perforce Plug-in for Graphical Tools, P4GT, provides users with intuitive functionality to version their code or digital assets from within the familiar environment of leading graphical design tools (screenshot available). Fully integrated with Perforce, P4GT is a self-installing plug-in that requires no special setup knowledge from the user.

"For years, Epic has used Perforce to manage and distribute the source code for the Unreal Engine," said Dr. Michael Capps, president of Epic Games. "We also use Perforce for our game textures, models, and animations, but in the past that meant artists had to use an external application to track their files. With P4GT, our artists can stay focused in their preferred art tools, with the comfort that the rest of the dev team can access the latest version of their work. In the end, this makes for a faster and more efficient development process."

With the Perforce drop-down menus in Photoshop, 3ds max, and Maya, users can:

  • Know precisely which files are managed by Perforce.
  • Check-in and check-out files.
  • Access multiple versions of their work.
  • View a complete revision history of all digital assets without having to leave the graphical tool's familiar environment.
  • See the status of all other digital assets and software code in the Perforce repository.

"Data management is extremely important to our customers and it is imperative that we support the tools that 3ds max users want. Perforce is very well respected by the engineers that build the top games with 3ds max and we expect the same reaction from artists managing their art assets," commented Dan Prochazka, industry manager for 3D animation software at Discreet. "Discreet is thrilled to see Perforce handle asset development integrity and do so as effectively as they have software development integrity.

"P4GT is the first in a series of enhancements that strengthens Perforce's ability to handle digital assets, particularly for users in the games and entertainment industries," said Nigel Chanter, chief operating officer of Perforce Software. "In this arena, we have always beaten the competition with solid version control capabilities but now we've made it easier for artists - non-traditional SCM users - to work more effectively with programmers."

Availability & Pricing

P4GT is available now for Windows 2000 and XP platforms and requires Perforce Server version 2004.2. There are no special licenses to purchase, install, or configure. Interested artists and developers are invited to download and evaluate Perforce free from the Perforce Web site without obligation for a 45-day trial. This offer includes free technical support during the evaluation period. A free, fully functional, two-user version is also available from the Web site. End-user licenses, including one year of support and maintenance, start at $750 per seat; volume discounts are available. For additional price and license information, send e-mail inquiries to or visit

About the Perforce SCM System

Perforce, the Fast Software Configuration Management system, tracks and manages software development for enterprises large and small. Perforce is easy to install, learn and administer; seamlessly handles distributed development, and supports developers across more than 50 operating systems. Perforce ensures development integrity by grouping multi-file updates into atomic changes, enables concurrent development, and intelligently manages multiple software releases using its Inter-File Branching system.

About Perforce Software

Perforce Software Inc. develops, markets, and supports Perforce, the Fast Software Configuration Management System. Headquartered in Alameda, Calif., Perforce Software sells worldwide and has international operations in Europe, Japan and Israel. In addition to application software companies, Perforce customers represent a broad range of industries including the game development, electronics, pharmaceutical, and financial services markets. For additional information, contact Perforce Software via email at or phone on 00 44 1252 861400, or on the Web at

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