October 16, 2007

Autodesk Finalizes Acquisition of Skymatter, Makers of Mudbox 3D Modeling Software

San Rafael, Calif. - Autodesk Inc. has completed the acquisition of substantially all the assets of Skymatter Limited, the New Zealand-based, privately held developer of Mudbox 3D modeling software. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The acquisition expands Autodesk's offering for the film, television, and game market segments, while providing additional growth opportunities for other design disciplines, such as 3D automotive and industrial design.

Mudbox has shaped photorealistic creatures for King Kong, as well as upcoming films The Golden Compass, Fred Claus, and Inkheart.

"Mudbox is complementary to the Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk Maya software products, providing our customers with an additional suite of tools for modeling, prototyping and detailing," says Marc Petit, senior vice president, Autodesk Media & Entertainment. "When Mudbox launched two years ago, it became an overnight success in the media and entertainment industry. It has a powerful brush-based modeling workflow and is renowned for its robust toolset and user-friendliness, making digital sculpting easy for both traditional sculptors and digital artists. As part of the Autodesk product line, we plan to accelerate the pace of Mudbox innovation."

Skymatter founders Andrew Camenisch, Dave Cardwell, and Tibor Madjar have joined Autodesk's Media & Entertainment business.

More information is offered online at http://www.autodesk.com/skymatter.