Extends Autodesk's Leadership in 2D and 3D Design Innovation
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., May 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autodesk, Inc.
(Nasdaq: ADSK) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of
substantially all of the assets of REALVIZ S.A., the privately held developer
of image-based content creation software. Terms of the transaction were not
REALVIZ was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Sophia Antipolis,
France. REALVIZ's technology provides efficient ways to generate 3D content
and visual effects from photo imaging and 2D environments. Its products are
used for panoramic photography, image-based modeling, match moving and optical
motion capture. REALVIZ's flagship products are Stitcher software for the
creation of panoramas and 360 degree virtual tours, and ImageModeler software
to produce 3D models from photographs.
"REALVIZ's technology bridges 2D and 3D, linking the virtual and real
worlds. 3D models can be created from simple 2D images, and virtual
environments can be built from conventional photographs," said Amar Hanspal,
senior vice president, Autodesk Platform Solutions and Emerging Business.
"REALVIZ's technology is complementary to Autodesk's modeling, visual effects
and animation products. It will enable us to increase the use of 3D technology
across many industries, including architecture, film, broadcast and game
REALVIZ's clients include Boeing, NASA, Daimler Chrysler, Cinesite,
Framestore CFC, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Warner Brothers Animation,
Electronic Arts and Activision. REALVIZ technology has been used to create
visual effects for Zodiac, The Host, Children of Men, Superman Returns, Harry
Potter and the Goblet of Fire and many other blockbuster films.
REALVIZ Product Integration
Autodesk intends to develop and sell REALVIZ's Stitcher Unlimited,
Stitcher Express, ImageModeler and Movimento software as standalone products.
Matchmover, Retimer and VTour will no longer be available as standalone
products; core technology from these REALVIZ products will be integrated into
future versions of Autodesk's existing products, enabling customers to bring
the real world into design environments.
The following REALVIZ offerings have been discontinued: Stitcher Pro,
Stitcher Unlimited DS, StoryViz, and hardware and software product bundles.
Education versions of ImageModeler and Stitcher continue to be available.
Student versions of ImageModeler and Stitcher are no longer available. For
more information please visit http://www.autodesk.com/REALVIZ.
Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks
and uncertainties, including statements regarding the impact of the
acquisition on Autodesk's earnings per share, product offerings and the
performance of its business. Factors that could cause actual results to differ
materially include the following: difficulties encountered in integrating
merged businesses; whether certain market segments grow as anticipated; the
competitive environment in the software industry and competitive responses to
the acquisition; and whether the companies can successfully develop new
products or modify existing products and the degree to which these gain market
Further information on potential factors that could affect the financial
results of Autodesk are included in the company's annual report on Form 10-K
for the year ended January 31, 2008, which is on file with the Securities and
REALVIZ is a leading developer of image-based creation software,
headquartered in Sophia Antipolis, France, with satellite sales offices in Los
Angeles, U.S.A., London, England and Paris, France. REALVIZ develops a suite
of image-based content creation solutions for the film, broadcast, gaming,
digital imaging, architecture and Internet communities. Derived from years of
research efforts at the renowned INRIA Lab in France, the Company's
applications enable 2D and 3D artists to easily tackle complex digital imaging
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, ImageModeler, and Stitcher, are registered trademarks
or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc. in the USA and/or other countries. All other
brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders.
Autodesk reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at
any time without notice, and is not responsible for typographical or graphical
errors that may appear in this document.
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