Company of Science and Art

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Company of Science and Art
IndustryComputer software
FateAcquired by Aldus
SuccessorsAldus Corporation
Adobe Inc.
FoundersGreg Deocampo
David Foster
David Herbstman
David Simons

Company of Science and Art (CoSA) was a small software company headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island. It was founded in 1990 by Greg Deocampo (also a member of the video art collective Emergency Broadcast Network), David Foster, David Herbstman, and David Simons; it operated for slightly less than three years.[1]

However, during its brief existence, CoSA created the category-defining After Effects desktop animation and compositing program, releasing version 1.0 in 1992. In 1993, CoSA was acquired by Aldus[2]; Aldus was in turn acquired by Adobe in 1994.[3] The name is currently used by an unrelated visual effects company, CoSA VFX.


  1. ^ "Throwback Thursday: CoSA After Effects #TBT (updated) - Toolfarm". Toolfarm. Retrieved 31 December 2019.
  2. ^ "The story of After Effects – the compositing and animation software that has beaten the competition for 25 years". Digital Arts. Retrieved 31 December 2019.
  3. ^ Simons, David (2013). "Adobe After Effects Turns 20". Computer Graphics World. 36 (3). Retrieved 2018-12-26.

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