Autodesk Acquires SoftImage


In yet another major acquisition in the 3D space, Autodesk announced today that it has acquired the SoftImage unit from Avid.

This puts three of the most popular 3D animation packages – Maya, 3D Studio Max and now SoftImage XSI – into the hands of a single corporation which also owns Mudbox and RealViz.

The acquisition price of $35M represents a 90% markdown (with inflation) from the $285M paid by Avid to purchase SoftImage from MicroSoft a decade ago.

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