It’s been 25 years since AutoCAD was first demonstrated at COMDEX in Las Vegas. To celebrate 25 years of digital design innovation, Autodesk has launched a website along with an interesting timeline.
I received this interesting bit of AutoCAD history… Did you know that 25 years ago John Walker & 16 employees started Autodesk, with the sole goal of creating a CAD application for under $1,000? In 25 years that tiny company has grown to over 5,000 employees in 33 countries, with product offerings spanning a variety of industries, from architecture to civil engineering to computer animated graphics. Over the years AutoCAD, the company’s flagship product, has been joined by an ever-growing family of products that leverage the trusted platform’s capabilities to address the specific needs of a variety of designers, including AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD Electrical and most recently AutoCAD P&ID, to name a few.
Some cool milestones:
1984 – revenues top 1 million
1985 – Autodesk goes public (ADSK)
1990 – Glenn Letham starts using AuoCAD r9 for pipeline mapping project (remember the dot prompt?) – OK – I slipped this one in!
1992 – Carol Bartz named CEO (you gotta love a woman CEO who will freely drop an “F-bomb” when you least expect it!)
2005 – ADSK scores an Academy Award
2006 – Carl Bass named President and CEO
2007 – Autodesk now reports 8 million licensed users worldwide
– using AutoCAD in my first GIS related internship to map the natural gas pipelines in Victoria, BC
– seeing John Cleese at Autodesk U in Vegas, 2003
– the Autodesk Miramar hospitality event in San Diego (GITA)
– having one-on one’s with Lynn Allen, Carl Bass, Chris Bradshaw, Carol Bartz, and other ADSK execs.
– the Mapguide open source launch in Orlando
– Autodesk realize your ideas tour in Vancouver and meeting Guy Kawasaki
– a cool Autodedesk intro event in Atlanta – the travelling road shows are awesome!
– DWF (say no more!)
– the Pre-season ball game in Tampa with open bar complete with 24 oz. beer cups…