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    Quote Originally Posted by acad_2k View Post
    Autocad was introduced in 1982 but certainly wasn't the first CAD program.
    This is correct, but I think AutoCAD was the first CAD program that didn't require a mainframe (can someone confirm this?).

    My grandfather remembers working in CATIA back int he 70's when he was an aerospace engineer:
    http://www.worldcadaccess.com/blog/2...francis-b.html

    For those who are interested, my grandfather worked at LTV in the 70's and 80's in Grand Prairie, TX:
    http://www.gptx.org/about-us/history...-grand-prairie

    He remembers clearly the CATIA platform, and remembers in the mid-late 80's, picking up AutoCAD when he was working as a consultant in his retirement (he retired in 1980, two years before I was born). He still has his AutoCAD manual on his bookshelf, I believe for version 9? But yeah, he's got great stories of CAD's original emergence. I love hearing about it. Even better stories about how to create an auxiliary view with nothing more than paper, pencil and some straight edges.

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    ACAD was the first significant program for the IBM-PC. Before that there was Sketchpad. Users manipulated objects on a CRT screen via a light pen.
    "I have only come here seeking knowledge. Things they wouldn't teach me of in college." The Police

    Eat brains...gain more knowledge!

    I'm now a full member of the Society for the Promotion of Mediocrity in CAD. Standards? We don't need no stinkin' standards! Take whatever advice I offer and do the opposite.

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    In 1982, I was using a proprietary package called CDEdit running on a VAX mini mainframe. It could draw lines, fillets, circles, and polygons. It also had a library of electronics symbols. We did wiring diagrams for XXX Inc. which were schematics for computer, and communications devices, and cabling diagrams for equipment racks.

    The VAX's boot program was on a metal punched tape about 7 feet long, no reel, just feed it in and try not to lose fingers. Maybe there had been a reel at one time. The good thing was that we had four hard disk drives the size of washing machines, each with a whopping 512 megabytes, I think.

    Something tells me I have mentioned this before in this or a similar thread, or maybe my Deja just got Vu'ed.
    The S197 gen Ford Mustang, and the F-4 Phantom both prove the same theory. "With enough power applied, a school bus will fly."

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    Long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I once fooled around with coding swirly moving line screen saver type drawings on a Commodore 64 in BASIC. The code would locate two points, and connect them with a line, then change the points with math, rinse, repeat. Human sight being what it is, the lines would appear to be a dancing fan-like shape as the program looped through the code, incrementing the coordinates of the line vertices until the screen was almost entirely blacked (blued?) out. It got interesting after I figured out how to erase each line as soon as it was drawn. Then, there would be a 3 to six line ghosting effect swooping around the screen. They'd run until you hit the break stop quit end (?) key. The amazing part, thinking back was that I was not in the least perturbed by the code taking almost a full 0.20 second to place one line across the screen.

    Didn't take much to amuse me in those days, and it was entertaining to my 10 year old son at the time.
    The S197 gen Ford Mustang, and the F-4 Phantom both prove the same theory. "With enough power applied, a school bus will fly."

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReMark View Post
    ACAD was the first significant program for the IBM-PC. Before that there was Sketchpad. Users manipulated objects on a CRT screen via a light pen.
    I never used CAD in architecture school. As an intern just learning CAD, I was assigned the task of finishing a site plan with contours. Having no clue how to do it, I traced the outline directly from the CRT onto yellow tracing paper. I was about to finish the drawing by hand when one of the other architects saw what I was doing and politely showed me what a poly-line was.

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    My all time favorite version was R14 I can remember when they took away my dos and my digitizer tablet. lol We are using release 2018 and I like it. I like the newer versions because i can bring in all
    my settings from the previous versions and get to work. The only real beef i have is how long it takes to start up acad. We usually never close it down but when our system does an update it reboots the
    computers. I can have a cup of coffee and a smoke before it comes up lol. I have been fortunate to have used all the versions starting with release 9. Release 13 was junk so we never used it.
    I'm an old fart so i still use the classic menu.

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