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Autodesk buys Alias

Autodesk has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Alias and its 3-D graphics software, in a deal valued at $182 million. The transaction is expected to be completed by April 2006.

The newly acquired assets will add to Autodesk's media and entertainment portfolio, that includes Alias’ Maya, MotionBuilder and FBX software. Autodesk’s current 3-D authoring toolset features Autodesk VIZ and 3ds Max.

Alias, with revenues of $83 million in fiscal year 2005, is headquartered in Toronto. Autodesk said it would continue to develop the Alias product line in conjunction with Autodesk's complementary products and technologies.

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