Original CAD code in the wild?

Paul McJones paul at mcjones.org
Wed May 23 10:49:45 CDT 2018


Although there are people interested in collecting historic software (especially source code), I don’t know of a central place to discuss it. I’ve collected the original IBM 704 Fortran/Fortran II compiler, the original IBM 709x Lisp II interpreter, and various other things (see http://www.softwarepreservation.org/projects). As you build up your collection of CAD-related source code, I would encourage you to offer copies to the Computer History Museum (http://www.computerhistory.org/artifactdonation/) for long-term preservation.

Paul McJones

On May 21, 2018, Randy Dawson <rdawson16 at hotmail.com> wrote:

> For a while I have collected bits of legacy CAD, most recently Martin Hepperle sent me what I believe is the last version of Hank Christianson's MOVIE.BYU, a FORTRAN based 3D modeling and animation system.
> I also have experimented with the original Berkley SPICE, also written in FORTRAN.
> ...
> My question is, did any of the source code for these systems, Applicon, Auto-Trol, Calma, ComputerVision, thousands of lines of primarily FORTRAN ever make it out, where we could read and study this original body of mathematical geometry done on computers?
> I know we are primarily a hardware group here, but where is the interest in the software discussed?
> Randy

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