Company Background

four figures putting together puzzle pieces
Companion Software
Helping you put it all together!

General Information

Companion Software is a privately held company that was founded on October 6, 1994 by Larry Daniele. The company is located in Northampton, Massachusetts USA.

Our Products and Services

Companion Software develops software products and provides computer-related services. Our products and services build upon or enhance existing industry standards and are well-suited to be integrated into larger projects, hence our company motto “Helping you put it all together”.

Our first product, Metafile Companion, was introduced in August of 1996. Metafile Companion is the first stand-alone, 32-bit program for Windows to use standard Windows metafiles (WMF and EMF files) as its native file format.

Our Customers

We license our products directly to end-users as well as OEMs for distribution with other products. Our typical end-user is someone who needs to edit, enhance or customize graphics. Our typical OEM customer is a company that markets clip art, that markets “suites” of software or that builds large custom software systems that require some graphical editing capability.

Our Founder

Photograph of Larry Daniele

Larry Daniele has been working in the computer graphics field since 1979. He attended the Cornell University School of Electrical Engineering from 1977 to 1981 where he majored in computer engineering. While at Cornell, he did a work-study program at the General Electric – Corporate Research & Development facility in Schenectady, New York where he did a computer graphic simulation of a robot arm. Larry was graduated from Cornell in 1981 with a B.S.E.E. degree.

After college, Larry worked for two years at Hewlett-Packard where he was responsible for marketing one of HP’s most successful pen plotters – the HP 7470A. In 1983, he and Bessie Chin founded Advanced Graphics Software, Inc. (AGS). While at AGS, he was the Vice President of Research and Development and headed up the team that created SlideWrite Plus – an internationally renown scientific charting program. From 1997 through 1999, Larry worked for the Flashpoint contract software development team where he honed his project management skills. From 1999 through 2006, Larry was a member and manager of the Mindjet R&D team that created the award-winning MindManager application for both Windows and the Mac.

Larry is currently the Director of Research and Development at Companion Software and can be contacted at