Today is the tenth anniversary of the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium web site going live with source code for IntelliCAD 2000 freely available to constortium members. The ITC's executive director from back then, Ronald Prepchuk, provides us with a slice of history:
One thing I discovered was that it was the intention to roll IntelliCAD into Visio to make one product. Feeling that would be a disaster I set out in December of 1998 to write a white paper on fixing IntelliCAD...You can read the rest at www.autodsys.com/press/PR-092909.htm, as well as get the link for downloading his 10-page PDF document written ten years ago.
On April 15, 1999 I delivered it to Jeremy Jaech, President of Visio... A couple of weeks prior to the public announcement in July of 1999 I was approached and told that Visio would be creating a new organization called the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium and that if I wanted a job there one would be available.