Denver, CO — The CAD Society, the professional association of CAD users, announced the winner of its 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award. The Society recognizes Evolution Computing founder Mike Riddle for his historical role in CAD software.
Riddle developed early CAD software for micro-based computers. Evolution Computing released Interact for the Marinchip 9900 in 1979. The program went on to form the architectural basis for the earliest versions of AutoCAD®. Since that time, Riddle’s company continued to produce and improve upon the concept of computer-aided design for the “PC”. Evolution’s subsequent programs, FastCAD and EasyCAD, passed other milestones: in 1985, the first CAD program available for under $500; in 1987, the first CAD program written entirely in optimized assembly language, greatly increasing the speed of design tools. FastCAD and EasyCAD continue to this day as popular, affordable, and highly rated applications.
The CAD Society Lifetime Achievement Award is presented annually to an individual who has given a lifetime of outstanding technical and business contributions to the CAD industry.
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