Graveyard

This is the Autodesk Product Graveyard page. It is dedicated to the loving memory of all those Autodesk products and services that once lived, however briefly, but which are no longer with us. May they all rest in peace.

The information on this page is likely to be a permanent work-in-progress. It is offered in good faith but its accuracy is not guaranteed. In fact, due to the age of some of this history, complete accuracy is very unlikely. If you wish to add a product to this page or correct any perceived errors, please add a comment to this blog post or use the contact page.

Animator (Pro/Studio)

Born: Oct 1989
Died: Feb 1994
Releases:

AutoCAD Civil

Born:
Died: Feb 2010 (announcement)
Releases: to 2010

AutoCAD Freestyle

This was a free DWG editor and viewer. It wasn’t real AutoCAD or anything like it, and served only to devalue the brand name. Obviously not a roaring success, it was killed less than a year after its introduction.

Born: Apr 2010
Died: Jan 2011  (announcement of non-availability)
Support ended: Mar 2011
Autodesk replacements: AutoCAD WS, Homestyler, AutoCAD LT
Releases:

AutoShade

Born: Sep 1987
Died: Aug 1993
Releases:

CAD/Camera

Born: Jul 1985
Died: Dec 1987

DWF Viewer

Born:
Died: Feb 2007
Autodesk replacement: Design Review (free)
Releases:

FMDesktop

Born:
Died: 2009
Releases:

Generic CADD

Generic CADD was a low-cost (~ $600) drafting application. It was developed by a competitor, became a market threat to AutoCAD, was bought by Autodesk, was still considered a market threat inside Autodesk, and was then slowly starved before being put to death by its adoptive parent.

Born: 1985 (as LogiCADD by Generic Software, first named Generic CADD in 1986)
Adopted: 1988 (acquired by Autodesk)
Abandoned: August 1993 (internal development ceased)
Died: November 1996 (manufacture ceased)
Support ended: May 1997
Releases: 5.0, 6.0, 6.1
Relatives: Generic 3DD, Generic 3D Concepts, Generic CADD for Mac
Orphans: ~ 350,000
Provision for orphans: ???
Autodesk replacement: AutoCAD LT was supposed to act as a similar AutoCAD-underbelly-protector, but was much more expensive.
Non-Autodesk replacement: Visual CADD, General CADD Pro
Legacy in Autodesk products: Tracking, Direct Distance Entry
Relevant links: The History of Generic CADD, An Open Letter about Generic CADD 

Graphic Impact

This was Autodesk’s Powerpoint. It didn’t last long.
Born: May 1992
Died: Nov 1993
Releases: 1.0, 1.1

GMax

Born:
Died: Oct 2005
Releases:

Lightscape

Born:
Died: Jan 2003
Releases:

Mechanical Desktop

Born:
Died:
Releases: to 2009

Navisworks Review

Born:
Died:
Releases: to 2010

Plasma

Born:
Died:
Releases:

QuickCAD

Acquired from Drafix.
Born:
Died: 2004
Autodesk replacement: Autosketch 9
Releases: to 8
Forgotten: September 2004 (support ceased)

Volo View

Born:
Died: May 2005
Releases: 1 to 3

Note: some information on this page was obtained or verified using information in John Walher’s The Autodesk File.

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