To answer the topic title, I would have to say it happened on April 13, 2006, when the Hexagon code became separated from its developers. Development of new features essentially stopped then, and all we got are bug fixes.
What Hexagon really needs is a complete rewrite. Maintain the user interface, tools, and shortcuts, but put them on a new, robust foundation built for performance, speed and upgradability. (I know it’s a lot easier to write this sentence than to make it happen). Since Daz is not focused on making 3D modeling tools, the best we can hope for is for Hexagon to be sold to another developer.
On April 13, 2006, DAZ Productions Inc. of Draper, Utah, acquired Eovia Corp. of Mountain View, California. The following Q&A will provide additional insight to this acquisition.
Q. What did DAZ acquire?
A. DAZ Productions (www.daz3d.com) acquired Eovia Corp. based in Mountain View, California USA, and the Hexagon software and technology. The acquisition includes Eovia’s North American Headquarters and Eovia’s 3D modeling, animation and rendering software, Carrara. Additionally DAZ has acquired the Eovia Hexagon 3D polygonal modeling software and technology from Eovia Europe, S.A. DAZ Productions has not acquired Eovia Europe, S.A. or Eovia Europe’s Amapi Software.
Q. What was the acquisition price for Eovia?
A. Since both DAZ Productions and Eovia Corp. are privately held companies, the terms of this agreement remain confidential.
Q. Will the Eovia products change names?
A. The Carrara and Hexagon products will be branded with the DAZ name. This process will take place over time as new releases provide the opportunity to update physical packages, splash screens, etc. However, the products will immediately become known as DAZ Carrara and DAZ Hexagon in communications and on the DAZ website.
Q. Will DAZ support all Eovia products?
Q. Can I still purchase Eovia products at the eovia.com website?
A. Yes. During the transition, the Eovia (www.eovia.com) website will be active and functional for making purchases for an as yet-to-be-determined period of time. As soon as product information can be made available on the DAZ website, a redirect will be provided, and products will begin being sold through the DAZ webstore.
Q. How can I purchase Carrara and Hexagon from outside the U.S.?
A. International orders may be made on the Eovia webstore for making purchases for an as yet-to-be-determined period of time. As soon as product information can be made available on the DAZ website, a redirect will be provided, and products will begin being sold through the DAZ webstore.
Q. Can I still get French versions of Carrara and Hexagon? How will they be supported?
Q. Did DAZ Acquire Amapi?
A. No, the Amapi software and technology are not a part of the acquisition by DAZ.
Q. What happens to Amapi?
Q. Will the company(s) change locations?
A. DAZ Productions will remain in Draper, Utah, and the Eovia Corp. office will remain in Mountain View, California.
Q. Any changes to management?
A. The DAZ management team will remain intact. Key member of Eovia Corp.‘s management, marketing and software development teams based in Mountain View, California, will join as employees of DAZ and work from the Mountain View office.
Q. I am an Eovia reseller, what happens now, who should I call?
Q. I am a member of the press, who can I call for more information?
A. Please contact Karen Smyth, Corporate Marketing Manager, DAZ Productions,