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Autodesk completes acquisition of Alias

Autodesk has completed the acquisition of Alias, announced in October 2005, for approximately $197 million in cash. Alias develops 3-D graphics technology.

The combined company has more than 7 million users. Alias’ products, technology and services will be integrated with Autodesk’s Manufacturing Solutions and Media & Entertainment divisions as well as its Consulting organization. The acquisition also increases Autodesk's media and entertainment portfolio with Alias’ Maya software, Alias MotionBuilder 3-D character animation software, and FBX, a format used for the exchange and use of 3-D content.

Several Alias management team members have joined Autodesk, including Dave Wharry and Michel Besner. Wharry, formerly Alias vice president of Global Sales and Marketing, is now vice president of Sales for Autodesk’s Media & Entertainment Division. Besner, formerly Alias vice president of Business Development and Emerging Markets, is now leading product management for Autodesk’s Media & Entertainment Division 3-D product portfolio.

Alias’ former global headquarters in Toronto, Canada, will remain as a key development center for Autodesk.

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