Autodesk acquires Softimage from Avid Technology

Mumbai: Autodesk has announced that it has completed the acquisition of all of the assets of 3D developer Softimage for approx. $35 million. On 23 October, Autodesk announced it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire Softimage from Avid Technology. "We welcome Softimage customers, strategic partners and employees to Autodesk," said Autodesk Media & Entertainment SVP Marc Petit.

"This acquisition brings advanced 3D tools to our entertainment portfolio; tools that are known and loved by the 3Dentertainment community. With production pipelines becoming entirely digital, and the convergence between games, film and television content, this acquisition is expected to complement and accelerate Autodesk’s work in building real-time, interactive 3D authoring tools."    

Petit added, "I’d like to reiterate that we plan to maintain and grow the Softimage product line, while doing the same with our existing 3D animation, modeling and rendering software products.

Marc Stevens, former general manager of Softimage, has joined my management team.

Autodesk intends to sell standalone versions of both the SOFTIMAGE|XSIand SOFTIMAGE|Face Robot 3D software products, and intends to continue developing these products.

While there are no immediate changes to the names of Softimage products, Autodesk intends to make changes to product branding with the next software releases. The Softimage online store is temporarily offline, in order for Autodesk to integrate it with Autodesk’s online store. Within a few weeks, Autodesk expects to make Softimage products available online for customers based in the United States. Over time, Autodesk intends to add Softimage products to its e-stores for all regions where other Autodesk products are sold online.