Strengthens Autodesk's Entertainment and Design Offering
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autodesk, Inc.
(Nasdaq: ADSK) has completed the acquisition of substantially all the assets
of Skymatter Limited, the New Zealand-based, privately held developer of
Mudbox 3D modeling software. On August 6, 2007, Autodesk announced an
agreement to purchase Skymatter's assets. Terms of the transaction were not
This acquisition expands Autodesk's offering for the film, television and
game market segments, while providing additional growth opportunities for
other design disciplines, such as 3D automotive and industrial design. Mudbox
has shaped photorealistic creatures for the blockbuster film King Kong, as
well as upcoming films The Golden Compass, Fred Claus and Inkheart.
"Mudbox is complementary to the Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk Maya
software products, providing our customers with an additional suite of tools
for modeling, prototyping and detailing," said Marc Petit, senior vice
president, Autodesk Media & Entertainment. "When Mudbox launched two years
ago, it became an overnight success in the media and entertainment industry.
It has a powerful brush-based modeling workflow and is renowned for its robust
toolset and user-friendliness, making digital sculpting easy for both
traditional sculptors and digital artists. As part of the Autodesk product
line, we plan to accelerate the pace of Mudbox innovation."
Skymatter founders Andrew Camenisch, Dave Cardwell and Tibor Madjar have
joined Autodesk's Media & Entertainment business. Madjar commented, "Mudbox is
a perfect fit within Autodesk. The company is in a unique position, providing
the leading software for design and entertainment industries. Andrew, Dave and
I look forward to scaling the growth of Mudbox with Autodesk. Our priority is
to continue developing a standalone version of Mudbox. We will also work to
achieve greater interoperability between the Mudbox toolset and 3ds Max and
For more information please visit http://www.autodesk.com/skymatter.
Autodesk, Inc. is the world leader in 2D and 3D design software for the
manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment markets.
Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk has developed the
broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art digital prototyping solutions to help
customers experience their ideas before they are real. Fortune 1000 companies
rely on Autodesk for the tools to visualize, simulate and analyze real-world
performance early in the design process to save time and money, enhance
quality and foster innovation. For additional information about Autodesk,
Autodesk, AutoCAD, Maya, Mudbox and 3ds Max are registered trademarks or
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