Virtools was a company founded 1993. They offered a development environment to create 3D real-time applications and related services, targeted at system integrators, game studios and corporate end-users. In 2005, they were acquired by Dassault Systèmes. Since 2006, the software is called 3DVIA Virtools as part of Dassault Systèmes' 3DVIA brand. The last release was Virtools 5 (126.96.36.199). Dassault Systèmes no longer updates the software and has taken it down in March 2009. The development platform is used in the industry for virtual reality applications, video game market (prototyping and rapid development), as well as for other highly interactive 3D experiences, in web marketing, virtual product maintenance. It was awarded the 2009 MITX Technology Award for the best use of video in support of the product launch.