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Basic information

Made by: Micrografx Inc.
Announced: July 1985
Released: Second half of 1985
Type: CAD
Price: $495
Copy protection: None


In*a*Vision was a vector drawing program and the first commercial application for Windows. It was replaced by Micrografx Designer for Windows 2.x, later purchased by Corel. Because it was released before Windows 1.0 itself, it must've included a pre-release version for a run-time. Later versions included a standard Windows 1.0 run-time. A screenshot of what appears to be a pre-release version of In*a*Vision appeared in the 10th volume of the Italian Mi Computer publication. The title bar in the screenshot says "In-a-vision, v 0.11".

Version 1.01 (possibly mistaken version 1.1) was announced around the end of 1985 or in early 1986, and advertised as "Windows-compatible" (as was version 1.1). Version 1.1 was reviewed in the February 3rd, 1986 issue of InfoWorld. The update was said to be free for owners of previous versions. An unspecified version was reviewed in March 11th, 1986 and December 8th, 1987 issues of PC Magazine, as well as in the January 1987 issue of Computing Now!.

Version 1.23 is available online as both full retail and demo release. It appears one of the 1.2x releases changed the window title from "In-a-Vision" to "In*a*Vision".

Available releases

Version 1.23
Version 1.23 demo