May 29, 2008

Autodesk Acquires Assets of RealViz

San Rafael, Calif. - Autodesk Inc. has acquired substantially all the assets of RealViz S.A., the privately held developer of image-based content creation software. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

RealViz was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Sophia Antipolis, France. Its technology provides ways to generate 3D content and visual effects from photo imaging and 2D environments. Its products are used for panoramic photography, image-based modeling, match moving, and optical motion capture. RealViz flagship products are Stitcher for the creation of panoramas and 360-degree virtual tours, and ImageModeler software to produce 3D models from photographs.

"RealViz technology bridges 2D and 3D, linking the virtual and real worlds. 3D models can be created from simple 2D images, and virtual environments can be built from conventional photographs" says Amar Hanspal, senior vice president, Autodesk Platform Solutions and Emerging Business. "RealViz technology is complementary to Autodesk's modeling, visual effects, and animation products. It will enable us to increase the use of 3D technology across many industries, including architecture, film, broadcast and game development." 

Autodesk intends to develop and sell RealViz Stitcher Unlimited, Stitcher Express, ImageModeler, and Movimento software as standalone products. Matchmover, Retimer, and VTour will no longer be available as standalone products; core technology from these RealViz products will be integrated into future versions of Autodesk's existing products, enabling customers to bring the real world into design environments.

The following RealViz offerings have been discontinued: Stitcher Pro, Stitcher Unlimited DS, StoryViz, and hardware and software product bundles. Education versions of ImageModeler and Stitcher continue to be available. Student versions of ImageModeler and Stitcher are no longer available. For more information, visit