CAD chronology

before 1970

1998 1999


Spatial Technology acquires InterData Access, Inc.

Dassault Systems creates ENOVIA Corp., a wholly-owned company in charge of developing ENOVIA’s PDM II solutions. IBM creates two new worldwide organizations to sell and support ENOVIA products.

In February, Dassault Systems and IBM announce a new Strategic Alliance to address the Product Development Management II (PDM II) market.

Dassault Systems acquires Matra Datavision key software products in the fields of surface and free-form modeling, numerical control machining (NC) as well as complementary products dedicated to plastic injection simulation. The products concerned (EUCLID Styler, EUCLID Machinist, Strim and Strimflow) correspond approximately to the portfolio acquired by Matra Datavision at the time of the Cisigraph acquisition in 1994. The team in charge of those products (90 people) will join the Dassault Systems Group.

- Matra Datavision will become a service company providing support for the CATIA, CATweb, ENOVIA and Deneb products lines of Dassault Systems and the migration of EUCLID 3 to CATIA.

- Matra Datavision will be appointed an IBM International Business Partner to market, sell and support CATIA, CATweb, and ENOVIA as well as IBM's e-business Solutions.

Autodesk acquire Genius Software GmbH.

Unigraphics Solutions becomes a subsidiary of EDS, takes the name Unigraphics Solutions EDS

Unigraphics Solutions finalizes acquisition of Intergraph's Mechanical CAD/CAM Business - Solid Edge and EMS software

Maxon, the producer of CINEMA 4D animation and rendering program announced it will no longer support the Amiga platform.
CADD Council changes name to Facility Information Council - To represent a larger base of involvement, NCS Committee operates under this group

Unigraphics Solutions Becomes First CAD/CAM/CAE/PDM Organization to be Awarded ISO 9001/TickIT Certification

AutoCAD Mechanical is an integrated mechanical tool in AutoCAD 14.

Autodesk Architectural Desktop - integrated architectural solution based on AutoCAD 14.

First version of IronCAD for VDS market.

IntelliCAD 98 from Visio with support for Visual Basic for Application, AutoLisp and AutoCAD release 14 files.

Canvas 6 is released and takes the industry by surprise with the introduction of Deneba's Sprite technology. This amazing technology allows vector drawings, images, and text to be blended together with infinite control over transparency. In effect making it possible for regular folks to do sophisticated photo-compositing and graphics pros to do things they could only dream of - compositing vector illustrations with images. Canvas 6 garners a long list of awards and reviews around the world. DenebaCAD 1.5 is released.

Qick Draw System (AU) ships Qick Draw version 7.

Visual Lisp, an Object ARX application that runs inside AutoCAD 14. Consists of several modules that the developers use to create new applications.

Autodesk ships 3D Studio MAX version 2.5

Lightwave 3D version 5.6 from New Tek, comes with Procedural shades for snow, water and rust, Stereoscopic rendering, SkiTracer image warping for real time visualization of generated sky, and more.

Solid Edge version 3 from Intergraph with more than 150 new features.

Solid Works 98 adds 150 new capabilities.

TurboCAD Professional version 5 from IMSI.

During 1998, DUCT has gradually been replaced with a new incorporated range of products, which covers the full manufacturing cycle from design to manufacture. Delcam's new "Power" range of products, which combine the full functionality of the DUCT suite with the latest user interface technology offers users many new benefits.

Visio Corporation ships Visio Enterprise, a technical drawings and documentation program, and Visio Technical version 5. The company announced over 250,000 users to date.

Over 60,000 AMD copies installed worldwide. Customers: Hughes Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Philips, Hyundai.

Upside Magazine names Bentley to the 1998 Hot 100 companies.

Listed as largest privately held software company on Softletter 100.

Installed base of MicroStation reaches 300,000 and that of Bentley SELECT reaches 200,000

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