Many talented people have worked for ARDI. Clifford Matthews founded and remains ARDI's key employee. William Goldman and Michael (now Thomas) Bushnell contributed to the development and testing of ROMlib. Mathew Hostetter developed Syn68k and ported Executor to DOS. In addition to Mat, Cotton Seed contributed greatly to the creation of Executor 2.0. Pat LoPresti added sound to Executor. Sam Lantinga ported Executor to Windows, creating SDL along the way.
Stefan Chakerian, Tim Casey, Tito Suarez, Vaune Fischer and Melissa Algeo helped with testing ROMlib and Executor.
To ARDI's detriment, ARDI has never had a sales force. Clifford Matthew's youthful naivete is to blame. The following time-line lists some of ARDI's technical achievements. Ports of ROMlib or Executor to a wide variety of machines, business decisions and buy-out discussions are omitted.
1986 Clifford Matthews begins work on ROMlib
1987 Test programs running using ROMlib (source compatibility)
1989 ARDI Incorporated in Delaware
1990 Executor (on Sun3/60) begins running Macintosh binaries
1992 Executor/MSW released, runs latest Microsoft Word (4.0) on NeXT computers
1993 Mathew Hostetter develops Syn68k
1993 Executor/DOS 1.0 released
1996 With Mathew Hostetter's and Cotton Seed's help, Executor 2.0 released
1997 With Sam Lantinga's help, Executor/Win32 released
1999 Carbonless Copies released
2000 Executor/Linux/PowerPC runs latest Photoshop (5.5 PowerPC)
2000-2002 Pursued SB-2 stock offering to finish Power-PC emulation and to have money for marketing. SEC approval dragged on and accounting costs piled up. When the SEC finally approved our offering, our securities attorneys told us their earlier estimate of the costs of complying with the state "blue sky" laws was low by more than a factor of ten (factor of 40, if I remember correctly).
2002-present Clifford Matthews does non-Macintosh related work to pay off debt and support his family.
2005 Apple announces switch to Intel processors and retirement of Classic environment.
2008 ARDI puts Syn68k and Executor source on Github.
2009 Executor made easier to build, ported to Mac OS X (using SDL).
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