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The History of Rhino

Summary: A few interesting dates
  • May 92 - First meeting with AG. Applied Geometry (AG) came to us for assistance in integrating their AGLib, NURBs geometry library, in AutoCAD. AG customers included Alias Research, Spatial, Honda, and Tecnomatix
  • Jul 92 - First prototype in AutoCAD after about 3 days of work.
  • Nov 92 - McNeel/AG agreement to develop AccuModel, NURBs modeling for AutoCAD. McNeel would do the marketing and AG would do all the development. McNeel would provide AutoCAD development support as needed.
  • Nov 92 - Michael Gibson hired as an intern. He brought Sculptura, a mesh modeler that he had done as a class project.
  • Mar 93 - Sculptura released.
  • Mar 93 - McNeel takes over as the lead on the AccuModel development.
  • Jul 93 - First prototype of Sculptura 2 ready for NURBs.
  • Nov 93 - Sculptura 2 nicknamed Rhinoceros.
  • Jan 94 - New McNeel/AG agreement where McNeel was licensing AGLib from AG and AG would provide the needed AGLib enhancements and maintenance.
  • Apr 94 - Rhino beta released on the Graphic Alternative BBS. This was our first version of a public beta program.
  • May 94 - Dr Dale Lear hired from AG. We had found that we needed geometry expertise in house in order to develop the functionality and usability needed by our clients.
  • May 94 - Alias Research agrees to purchase AG. Alias was AGs largest customer and they felt that one of their advantages was the geometry technology.
  • May 94 - First commercial products completed using AccuModel. Ed Monk & Son Naval Architect released an 82 foot sports fishing boat.
  • Jul 94 - Geometry development begins in earnest. Alias didn't seem to be interested in the geometry library business.
  • Aug 94 - Sculptura renamed Rhinoceros after it was determined that we would not be able to resolve the trademark problems with AccuModel.
  • Aug 94 - Private showing of Rhino at SIGGRAPH.
  • Nov 94 - Sale of AG to Alias final.
  • Mar 95 - McNeel provides Alias with first installment of geometry technology.
  • Jun 95 - Alias purchased by Silicon Graphics.
  • Jun 95 - McNeel receives the last update of AGLib.
  • May 97 - Last build of AccuModel for AutoCAD. As the Rhino product progressed we decided that it would be better to focus on the Windows version.
  • Sep 97 - 50,000 beta sites and growing fast without any promotional effort on our part.
  • Jul 98 - 100,000 beta sites.
  • Jul 98 - Announced Oct release at SIGGRAPH.
  • Oct 98 - Release Rhino version 1.0.
  • Dec 98 - First 5,000 shipped.
  • Jan 99 - Japanese version released.
  • Jan 99 - First public beta of 1.1 released.
  • Jan 99 - First European reseller meeting in Barcelona.
  • Mar 99 - First third party book on Rhino published.
  • May 99 - Korean version ships.
  • Aug 00 - First public beta of 2.0 and Flamingo released.
  • Aug 01 - Shipping Rhino 2.0.
  • Dec 01 - Shipping Flamingo.
  • Nov 01 - Inside Rhinoceros published
  • Nov 02 - Shipping Rhino 3.0
  • Dec 02 - Shipping Flamingo 1.1
  • Jul 03 - Shipping Penguin 1.0
  • Jul 04 - Shipping Bongo 1.0
  • Feb 07 - Shipping Rhino 4.0
  • Dec 07 - Shipping Penguin 2.0
  • Apr 12 - Shipping Flamingo nXt
  • Oct 12 - Shipping Rhino 5
  • Jan 13 - Shipping Zoo 5 (completely rewritten)
  • Sep 13 - Shipping Bongo 2.0
rhino/rhinohistory.txt · Last modified: 2014/04/10 by dale