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Autodesk completes Softimage acquisition

Autodesk has completed its acquisition of Softimage’s assets from parent company Avid Technology.

The deal was announced late last month to much surprise – but Autodesk went on record to say that it intends to continue sales and development of XSI and FaceRobot going forward.

“We welcome Softimage customers, strategic partners and employees to Autodesk,” said Marc Petit, senior vice president, Autodesk Media Entertainment.

“This acquisition brings advanced 3D tools to our entertainment portfolio; tools that are known and loved by the 3D entertainment 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.”

He 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, modelling and rendering software products. Marc Stevens, former general manager of Softimage, has joined my management team. I look forward to working with him and the talented Softimage product and business teams to evolve the Softimage products’ capabilities.”

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