The MasterViaCAD site provides a variety of resources available to learn and improve your productivity with ViaCAD and Shark. Resources include videos, tutorials, tips, addon files, and other content.

The MasterViaCAD site is maintained by Evolution Software LLC. Evolution Software has a long history with ViaCAD starting with its founder Tim Olson. Tim founded CADSoft Solutions in 1994 and created the first version of ViaCAD. Evolution Software currently supports and develops the ViaCAD and Shark products in partnership with Encore Software.

History of ViaCAD

ViaCAD's first commercial release appeared under the name CADD Pro in 1995. The first release (build 100) was created by CADSoft Solutions Inc (CSI) of Fort Worth Texas. This was one of the first precision solid modelers with feature based associativity on the Mac and shortly moved over to Windows. It also has a unique implementation of the Drafting Assistant(TM), a technology licensed from Ashlar which CSI extended further into 3D with smart snapping of solid modeling features. CADSoft Solutions would leverage the technology by rebranding for companies such as Dimensional Impressions, RevWare, Ashlar (Vellum Solids, Argon, Xenon, Cobalt), and IMSI (TurboCAD Mac). In 2006, CSI was acquired by Punch! Software where the products were renamed as ViaCAD and Shark. In 2010, Punch! Software was acquired by Encore Software a division of Navarre.

Evolution Software is contracted by Encore to perform continued development and support of the ViaCAD and Shark products. As of today, ViaCAD is actively supported at build 1352, representing over 1300 builds over the last nineteen years and supporting over 110,000 customers!



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