MacTech Spotlight: Austin Meyer, President, Laminar Research
Volume Number: 24 (2008)
Issue Number: 03
Column Tag: MacTech Spotlight
MacTech Spotlight: Austin Meyer
President, Laminar Research
What do you do?
I wrote X-Plane, and continue to upgrade it and administer the business now.
How long have you been doing what you do?
15 years, since college.
Are you Mac-only, or a multi-platform person?
I do all my daily operations, and maybe 99% of of my coding, on the Mac.
I just have to do the last 1% of the code or so on Windows to get the Windows version compiled and tested.
My market is maybe 50% Mac, 50% Windows so I DO need to maintain the Windows version of X-Plane... but I do 99% of the work on the Mac since C++ developed on one machine USUALLY works on the other
What's the coolest tech thing you've done using OS X?
Generated scenery for the entire planet earth from the terrain maps created by the space shuttle?
Flown virtually on mars using terrain data from the mars orbiting laser altimeter?
Flown virtually to orbit a larger airplane than has ever been built?
Where can we see a sample of your work?