Autodesk to Purchase Alias

Autodesk Inc., which is known primarily for its computer-aided design (CAD) programs for architects and engineers, but is more widely know by game developers for its 3ds Max and Character Studio software, today announced that it will be acquiring Alias -- makers of 3D graphics technology Maya and MotionBuilder -- in an all-cash transaction worth $182 million. Autodesk anticipates that the transaction will close within four to six months; the two companies will continue to operate independently until the deal is completed.

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