Below is a list of computer software companies that deal or specialize in computer animation
ADOBE SYSTEMS INCORPORATED
Adobe Systems Incorporated was founded in 1982. It is headquartered in
Mountain View, California. Adobe develops, markets and supports computer
software products and technologies that enable users to create, display,
communicate electronic documents. The company licenses its technology to
major computer, printing, and publishing suppliers and markets a line of
applications software and type products for authoring visually rich
the company markets a line of powerful, but easy to use, products for home
and small business users. Adobe has businesses in Europe and the Pacific Rim
serving a worldwide network of dealers and distributors.
On June 15, 1995, Alias Research Inc. and Wavefront Technologies, Inc.
merged with Silicon Graphics, Inc. to form Alias/Wavefront. This new company
is a wholly owned, independent software business that will focus on
developing the world's most advanced tools for the creation of digital
content. The new organization upholds Silicon Graphics' commitment to the
entertainment and creative design markets. It allows the company to
architect the foundation necessary for customers and software partners to
build the digital studio of the 21st Century using the industry's most
advanced 3D graphics workstations.
AutoDesk is one of the leading and most successful computer graphic design
and animation companies. It makes the popular AutoCad software which is one
of the best CAD programs on the market. It also owns 3DStudio, a 3D modeling
rendering package, and AnimatorPro, a program for frame by frame animation.
Bentley Systems, Inc. is the leader in professional computer-aided design
(CAD) products and services to engineers, architects, drafters, and
organizations who primarially rely on CAD. The company's range of
MicroStation products, with over 170,000 fully licensed users worldwide, is
an established standard and award-winner throughout the worldwide
architecture/engineering/construction (AEC) and geographic information
systems (GIS) markets. It is gaining rapid acceptance in the mechanical
COMPUTATIONAL LOGIC INC.
Computational Logic Inc. (CLI) performs advanced research and development
in mathematical modeling of digital hardware and software systems. This
technology is intended to enable the production of higher quality systems
with reduced time and cost. In addition to research and development, CLInc
provides education and consulting services in applying mathematical modeling
of hardware and software systems to industrial problems.
Computervision Corporation, headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts is the
leading international supplier of engineering data and lifecycle management
software and services. More than 10,000 engineers rely on this
production-proven technology everyday to design and develop new products.
The company develops, markets and supports mechanical, electronic,
architectural engineering and construction applications and has an installed
base of more than 180,000 seats worldwide.
Electric Image, Inc. pioneered high-end 3D imagery and animation on the
desktop platform. In the process it created the undisputed "world's fastest
software renderer" without sacrificing quality for speed. The company's
animation package, ElectricImage, represents a milestone in PC-based
animation - having been the first desktop 3D package used for motion picture
(Terminator 2: Judgment Day) and television (Space Rangers) special effects,
a film-quality motion simulator
ride (Space Shuttle America at Six Flags, Illinois) and a 3D outdoor display
(Fremont Street, Las Vegas). There are numerous features and interface
considerations which, after having been successfully introduced in
ElectricImage, were immediately adopted by competing products and are now
considered industry standards.
ElectroGIG develops, markets, and supports the GIG family of software
products and services for design professionals in the broadcast, film and
video, CAD and publishing industries. Its mission is to provide superior
digital media tools.
The company's products are designed for users looking forward to real-time,
remote creative collaboration and production delivery. GIG tools are
currently used by visual-communication and image-production experts in over
800 institutions and corporations and 40 countries worldwide. ElectroGIG's
products are available through an international channel of resellers and
Fractal Design Corporation was founded in 1991 by Mark Zimmer and Tom
Hedges. That same year, Fractal Design introduced its first Natural-Media
software, Fractal Design Paintertm. This paint and image-editing program has
industry standard, winning numerous awards and recognition for its technical
achievements. In 1995, Fractal Design filed for a successful initial public
offering and is now publicly traded on the NASDAQ National Market under the
symbol: FRAC. In
May of 1996, Fractal Design completed its acquisition of Ray Dream, Inc.,
the leader in 3D illustration and animation technology. Ray Dream pioneered
the use of 3D technology in the graphic arts market when it introduced Ray
Dream Designertm in 1991. The product has become one of the most popular 3D
software products on the desktop today.
THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS
The National Association of Broadcasters is the industry's largest, most
inclusive organization. It offers a wide variety of member services in
addition to providing legislative, regulatory, and judicial representation
in Washington, D.C.
For more than 70 years, NAB has sought to ensure the viability and strength
of America's free, over-the-air broadcasters and serve as a practical,
technical and educational resource for the entire industry. NAB believes the
American public is best
served by a broadcasting system that provides programming free of government
intervention and reflecting local interests and audience choice.
NewTek, the desktop video company, was founded in 1985 and is a
privately-held business located in Topeka, Kansas. It has developed products
such as the Video Toaster, and the award winning 3D software package
Since 1987 ReZ.n8 Productions has been creating comprehensive image
branding packages for television networks, programs, stations and
syndicators, motion pictures, and advertising agencies. The company recently
designed the look for
the 1994 Winter Olympics for CBS Sports and the NFL for Fox Sports.
Employing programmers, illustrators and producers, ReZ.n8 has been honored
with numerous awards for conceptualizing, designing, and producing
developmental computer graphics, animation, and special effects for the
entertainment and advertising industries.
Silicon Graphics systems delivers the power to visualize, to see the new
path, to storm ahead, and to lead your industry. Through an innovative
combination of visualization, computer power, and data manipulation, Silicon
systems reduce the time between a great idea and a great product. For ten
years, Silicon Graphics systems have been used in industrial design,
database analysis, visual simulation, energy exploration, and entertainment.
Strata, Inc. is a leading developer of powerful yet easy-to-use
computer-assisted visualization and illustration software tools for
Macintosh, Power Macintosh and IBM computers. The company's charter is to
provide professional state-of-the-art software for designers and
illustrators working in business, science, education, and government.
As the first company of its kind focused solely on creating and marketing
technically accurate 3D data, Viewpoint DataLabs remains the leader in a
dynamic market niche within the computer animation industry. Viewpoint's
are custom and off-the-shelf 3D data representations of physical objects for
use in 3D modeling, animation, simulation, visualization, and virtual
reality packages. Viewpoint Datasets have gained a great deal of popularity
in many feature films,
broadcast television spots, games, and multimedia titles. In addition,
Viewpoint Datasets are frequently used for a wide variety of medical
visualization and architectural applications.