35 Years of AutoCAD

Next month AutoCAD will celebrate it’s 35th birthday.

AutoCAD 86 1.1 disk

Just think about it, AutoCAD is hitting middle age. It is a pretty amazing milestone not only as a software product that has been used by millions of people around the world, but also that it is still quite popular 35 years later it was released. AutoCAD has been around longer than Adobe Photoshop or Microsoft Windows.

Autodesk and myself will have several special posts and events to celebrate the 35th birthday of AutoCAD. How long the length do you think the total line or polylines drawn would be, I would bet it would go to the moon and back thousands or possibly millions of times. It is mind boggling to think of all the things designed in AutoCAD over the years.

Please email me your earliest memories of AutoCAD, things designed using AutoCAD, and photos of AutoCAD. I will be creating something special highlighting memories from AutoCAD users over the past 35 years. I started using AutoCAD back in release 10.

Since AutoCAD R10

It has been great being a user of AutoCAD before joining Autodesk in 1998 and seeing it change over the years, as well as the evolution of Autodesk and it products. Looking back we learn a great deal and have a lot to be proud of as we look forward to the future.

Cheers,
Shaan