Autodesk 3D Studio release 1 was released in October of 1990. This is a video showing the operation of the earliest prototype for which we have a backup copy, from November 1988. This video shows that the general layout of the software, while being similar in appearance to the final release version, evolved significantly between this prototype and the final version.
We're coming up on the 20th anniversary of the 3D Studio software and I thought it would be interesting to show how far the software has come from its simple beginnings, over 21 years ago, to its current form in 3ds Max.
How time flies...