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Autodesk Aquires Alias

Enters into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Alias for $182 million in cash By Guy Wright

During a press conference call and Webcast held today at 2:37 PT, Autodesk announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Alias for $182 million in cash.

The deal is expected to be finalized within the next 4 to 6 months.

Company officials stated during the call that the deal combines the strengths, talent, marketing, support, and products from two strong companies with the end result a benefit for customers. Autodesk and Alias have products targeting the automotive, industrial design, visualization, film, entertainment, game development and broadcast markets and will work toward a tighter integration of their complimentary products. They will also work toward integrating product features across industry-specific products.

Doug Walker, President and CEO of Alias, will continue to assist in the integration of the two companies over the coming months after which time he will move on. Alias currently has over 600 employees, most of whom are expected to remain.

Autodesk officials also stated that they expect to maintain the Alias brand name on all Alias products.

About Alias
As the world's leading innovator of 3D graphics technology, Alias develops software for the film and video, games, web, interactive media, industrial design, automotive, architecture and visualization markets. Alias has headquarters in Toronto and a custom development center in Santa Barbara with offices worldwide. Please visit the Alias web site at
www.alias.com or call 1-800-447-2542 in North America. International contact numbers include: Northern Europe, Middle East and Africa, +44 (0) 1494 441273; Germany, East & Southeast Europe, 0049 89 31 70 20; France, Spain and Portugal, +33 1 44 92 81 60; Italy, 39 039 6340011; Japan and other parts of Asia Pacific, 81 3 5797 3500 and Latin America, 770 393 1881.

About Autodesk
Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) is wholly focused on ensuring that great ideas are turned into reality. With six million users, Autodesk is the world's leading software and services company for the building, manufacturing, infrastructure, media and entertainment and wireless data services fields. Autodesk's solutions help customers create, manage and share their data and digital assets more effectively. As a result, customers turn ideas into competitive advantage by becoming more productive, streamlining project efficiency and maximizing profits. Founded in 1982, Autodesk is headquartered in San Rafael, California.

For additional information about Autodesk, please visit http://www.autodesk.com.


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Guy Wright has been kicking around computers and video for more years than he cares to admit and written too many articles to count. He has been a director, editor, producer, video operator, and announcer for a score of radio and TV stations. His credits include hundreds of insipid local-origination programs and commercials, dozens of cheesy radio spots, and even a book or two. Mainly he writes and edits articles for Digital Media Online.
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