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Avid Acquires NXN

Purchase includes Alienbrain line of asset management systems By Dave Nagel
Avid Technology today announced it has acquired NXN Software. NXN is a Munich-based developer of asset and production management software targeted toward entertainment and computer graphics. The acquisition was a cash transaction reported at approximately $43.86 million.

NXN is the maker of the Alienbrain line of asset management systems, including Alienbrain VFX, Alienbrain Studio and Alienbrain Engineer. NXN servers run on various flavors of Microsoft Windows systems, while client software is available for Mac OS 9, Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. There are also plugins available for integrating Alienbrain with a wide range of applications, including Alias Maya, Adobe Photoshop, Softimage|XSI and others. The software offers capabilities covering infrastructure, configuration, project and workflow management and version control. Avid hasn't said specifically how it will integrate NXN's technologies into its current family of products. We'll bring you more details when they become available.

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Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the editor and producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Apple DVD Studio Pro, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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