History

The beginnings

Unimasoft was born at the end of summer 1998 from the collaboration between Lionel Audant, philosophy teacher at Cegep Garneau, and Pascal Audant, his son, software engineer and teacher at the same Cegep. At the beginning they were trying to integrate the language of images into the traditional teaching process, in the framework of virtual learning on the Web. The firm was started up on January 15, 2003, from these first attempts to associate philosophical text to animation sequences illustrating the ideas therein.

Unima now holds many filed patents covering the implementation of a general theory of animation capable to convert text into animated sequences.

Development History

1st STEP :
Fundamental Research Summer 98 – Summer 2003

FEASIBILITY STUDY
Summer – Autumn 2003

1st PATENT FILED
May 2004

CREATION OF A PROTOTYPE  grant from NRC
September 2004 – March 2005

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

September 2004 – March 2005

SELL TO COGNIMAGE the Animatograph technology for $1.4 million February 2006

COMMERCIAL MISSION IN CHINA
with Mrs. Minister Monique Gagnon-Tremblay
October – November 2006

COLLOBARATION AGREEMENT
with Polytechnics University Presses of Dalian, China.
November 3, 2006

“SECOND COMMERCIAL MISSION IN CHINA”
Meeting with the Association of Multimedia industries of Shanghai. Signature of partnership agreements.
December 17 – 24, 2006

“THIRD COMMERCIAL MISSION : LAUNCHING OF U|SLIC IN SHANGHAÏ”
November 2007

R & D PARTNERSHIP WITH PROMPT – POLYTECHNIC MTL– CRIM - UNIMA U|SLIC
Special large-scale Project (Research grant of $1.5 million)
Winter 2008

SIGNATURE CEREMONY IN BEIJING : UNIMA - WINSHARE

Ceremony in the presence of Minister Arcand
October 12, 2009

2011 : A new didactic and technological plateform is created : Visumation

2013 : Partnership between Unima, Gentian and Steffri communication creates Learning Branch : www.learningbranch.com

2014 : New mission in Haïti : result in the technological transfer of Visumation to a small community in Mirebalais (pilot)