Friday, October 24, 2008

Autodesk acquires Softimage??????

I'm browsing around some random graphics sites, when I see a news item. It seems fake, but I follow it, look around, and it looks legit!

Autodesk Signs Agreement with Avid Technology to Acquire Softimage

Whoa! This may not be a big deal to you, but it is crazy in the 3D Graphics world.

In October 2005, Autodesk, home of AutoCAD and more important to this discussion, 3D Studio MAX (a 3D graphics package) acquired it's biggest competitor, Maya.

Now it looks like one more competitor is being pulled under the Autodesk umbrella - Softimage.

Who is left to compete against Autodesk products now? Newtek Lightwave? Luxology modo? Maxon Cinema 4D? Side Effects Houdini? Anybody?

I'll have to try and track down some people to talk to about this - it's crazy!

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khickman said...

I'm waiting for Blender to acquire Poser in a bid to become 3rd largest 3D software house.

Trey said...

I think we need to resurrect Wings or Mirai for a race to the bottom!

Stijn said...

MIRAI!!! :)

John said...

Yes I think this is true. I have heard for a while that AVID was trying to get rid of softimage because it was not paying the bills.