Mike Riddle Wins CAD Society Lifetime Achievement Award

Programmer of first micro-based CAD software recognized

Denver, CO April 01, 2008 -- 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.

“Making software which is agile enough to be a productive everyday tool for designers and engineers persists even today as a challenge to all CAD program developers. Mike Riddle was the first to recognize this and has never lost sight of this central goal,” remarks CAD Society President Michael McGrath. “The tens of thousands of people who now make their living from this software industry -- and the millions who use CAD technology to design and engineer – all owe Mr. Riddle a debt of gratitude for his lifetime contributions.”

About The CAD Society

The CAD Society ( www.cadsociety.org) is a not-for-profit industry association with the goal of fostering community and encouraging open communication among those who make their living within the CAD industry including AEC, mechanical, manufacturing, and GIS. The CAD Society is dedicated to creating an informative community and improving the tools its members employ in order to get their jobs done. This is achieved by providing an open forum of communication, which helps to illuminate the practices of industry vendors. It has been a leader in creating interoperability guidelines that encourage software vendors to develop applications that can openly share data.


The ninth annual Congress on the Future of Engineering Software (COFES), meets at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, Scottsdale, Ariz., April 10-13, 2008. COFES, a mainstay event of the engineering software industry, provides an intensive conference atmosphere where private and public discussions are held. Attendees are executives, end users, CAD and PLM vendors, analysts, and members of the press who work together to define the newest business issues of engineering technologies.

COFES is an invitation-only event. To find out more information and to request an invitation, please visit www.cofes.com.

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