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Maker of 3ds Max To Buy Alias
(released 10/5/2005)

Autodesk, maker of 3D Studio Max, announced on Tuesday, October 4th that it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Alias, maker of MotionBuilder, FBX, and the Academy Award-winning Maya. This acquisition will increase Autodesk's expertise and offerings in the media and entertainment markets.

"This acquisition brings to Autodesk a highly talented group of individuals, a wealth of technologies and a great set of products," said Carl Bass, COO of Autodesk. "Alias' technology spans several of our most important markets and augments the synergy between our design and media businesses. Our design customers are demanding more powerful visualization, animation and publishing capabilities. Our media and entertainment customers are increasingly using the data created by our design applications for broadcast, film and games projects. By combining the technology and talents of our two companies, we will be better able to continue delivering solutions that address our customers' complex needs."

Founded as Alias Research in 1983, Alias is headquartered in Toronto, Canada. Alias customers are some of the world's premier entertainment companies, including ILM, DreamWorks and Nintendo.

Autodesk anticipates that the transaction will close within the next four to six months.

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