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Carrara History

March 18, 2010
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Old Ray Dream Screenshot

Well, I got together for some coffee with a few of the computer and camera geek friends the other day, and the inevitable happened. After brief hellos and the usual bitching about winter ice and snow, the conversation turned techie. One of the guys wanted to know what I was up to these days, and I told him there was a concentration on the 3D stuff. And he said, “Well, you probably use Max, right?” And I replied no, that I was using Carrara. He gave me a quizzical look, and said he hadn’t heard of that one. Yeah, I’ve gotten this a few times.

For those of you that don’t know, Carrara actually has quite a colorful history, and it all goes back to the old Ray Dream, which I was considering back in 19992 when I had my old 386DX computer with the 105MB hard drive 😉

Here’s the timeline:

1989, Dec: Eric Hautemont et al. found Ray Dream, Inc (And everyone thought it was going to die)
1991: Ray Dream ships Ray Dream Designer 1 (And everyone thought it was going to die)
1991: Adam Lavine founds Specular International (maker of Infini-D). (And everyone thought it was going to die)
1991-93: Ray Dream ships Ray Dream Designer 2 (unknown date!) (And everyone thought it was going to die)
1994, Jan.: Ray Dream ships Ray Dream Designer 3 (And everyone thought it was going to die)
1995, Q4: Ray Dream releases Ray Dream Studio 4 (And everyone thought it was going to die)
1996, May: Ray Dream, Inc merges with Fractal Design Corp. (And everyone thought it was going to die)
1997: April: MetaTools, Inc acquires Specular International. (And everyone thought it was going to die)
1997, Feb: MetaTools, Inc merges with Fractal Design Corp. (And everyone thought it was going to die)
1997, May: MetaTools/Fractal Design becomes MetaCreations Corp. (And everyone thought it was going to die)
1997, June: Antoine Clappier et al. found RAYflect (And everyone thought it was going to die)
1997, June: MetaCreations ships Infini-D 4.0 (And everyone thought it was going to die)
1997, July: MetaCreations ships Ray Dream Studio 5 (And everyone thought it was going to die)
1997, September: MetaCreations ships Ray Dream 3D (And everyone thought it was going to die)
1998, May: MetaCreations ships Infini-D 4.5 (And everyone thought it was going to die)
1999, June: MetaCreation acquires RAYflect, ships Ray Dream Studio 5.5 (And everyone thought it was going to die)
1999, December: MetaCreation ships Carrara 1.0 (And everyone thought it was going to die)
1999, 2000 : MetaCreation sells its graphic software:
– Poser goes to Curious Labs
– Painter, the KPTs, Bryce go to Corel
– Canoma goes to Adobe (And everyone thought they were going to die)
2000, Nov: Eovia Corp is founded. Eovia acquires Carrara (And everyone thought it was going to die)
2001, Jan: TGS announces the acquisition of Eovia Corp. (And everyone thought it was going to die)
2001, March: Eovia ships Amapi 3D V6. (And everyone thought it was going to die)
2001, June: Eovia ships Carrara Studio 1.1 (And everyone thought it was going to die)
2002, June: Eovia ships Carrara Studio 2.0 (And everyone thought it was going to die)
2002, Aug: Eovia ships VectorStyle (And everyone thought it was going to die)
2002, Nov: Eovia ships Carrara 3D Basics (And everyone thought it was going to die)
2003, March: Eovia ships Power Pack (And everyone thought it was going to die)
2003, March: Eovia ships Amapi Designer 7 (And everyone thought it was going to die)
2003, Sept: Eovia ships Carrara Studio 3.0 (And everyone thought it was going to die)

UPDATE:
2003, Dec: e-frontier acquires Curious Labs maker of Poser (And everyone thought it was going to die)
2004, April: TGS (owner of Eovia Corp.) is acquired by Mercury
Computer Systems. I leave the company. Eovia Corp. is spun-off. (And everyone thought it was going to die)
2004, Sept: Eovia ships Carrara 4 and Carrara 4 Pro (And everyone thought it was going to die)
2005, May: Eovia ships Hexagon (And everyone thought it was going to die)
2005, Oct: Eovia ships Carrara 5 and Carrara 5 Pro (And everyone thought it was going to die)
2006, Apr: DAZ acquires Eovia Corp. Ships Hexagon 2 (And everyone thought it was going to die)
2006, June: e-frontier acquires Amapi Pro / Eovia Europe (not official)? (And everyone thought it was going to die)

But in those very early days, the rendering was slow and painful. Ray Dream was a little ahead of its time. Computer hardware at the prosumer level finally started to catch up around 2002. And the rest is history.

Such evolutions are not really all that crazy though. Here’s an interesting history of the old Aldus Pagemaker. Desktop publishing had its crazy times too, like in the old Ventura Publisher days. Boy I’m really dating myself here. Did I ever tell you about the half page rolling scanner I had that only did Black and White? That’s a whole story in itself….

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2 Comments
  1. Michael Brown permalink
    March 20, 2010 11:01 am

    Interesting history. I did not recall that MetaCreations once owned Cararra, although I do remember that they used to own Poser.

    • March 20, 2010 1:01 pm

      Yes and then there was Curious Labs for Poser. Now it’s something called mySmithmocro or something like that. Anyway, the evolutions of many companies are very interesting. Many that started out as basement or garage hobby projects went on to bigger and better things.

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