On January 10, 2006, Autodesk completed the acquisition of Alias for $197 million USD. Alias is a leading developer of 3D graphics technology. This acquisition extends Autodesk’s 3D software leadership in the manufacturing and media and entertainment industries.
A key area of focus will be on linking Autodesk’s and Alias’ existing applications to provide customers with increased interoperability, seamless workflows and improved data management. By offering a more complete set of technologies for the manufacturing and media and entertainment industries, Autodesk customers will be able to obtain solutions from a single company, simplifying everything from training to upgrades. This means greater efficiencies, faster time to market and project completion, and less overall time from the conception of an idea to its realization.
Manufacturing design customers are demanding more powerful visualization, animation, and publishing capabilities. The acquisition of Alias allows Autodesk to extend its reach into the first stage of product development with the concept design teams in the automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), as Alias® StudioToolsTM is used by every major automotive styling studio in the world. The acquisition also gives Autodesk a strong presence in the fast-growing consumer products market. We plan to link Autodesk and Alias products, thereby providing customers with an integrated approach that simplifies the design-to-manufacturing process. Learn more about Autodesk Manufacturing Solutions.
Media & Entertainment
This acquisition expands Autodesk’s media and entertainment portfolio with several Alias products, including Maya® MotionBuilder™ and FBX® software. Autodesk’s current 3D authoring toolset for the media and entertainment industry comprises Autodesk® VIZ and Autodesk® 3ds Max® software. Maya is widely used by Autodesk’s customers in the feature film segment and shares customers with Autodesk in the game development market. Autodesk plans to continue development and support of both Alias and Autodesk products, including Maya and 3ds Max. Learn more about Autodesk Media & Entertainment Solutions.
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