Autodesk has been on an Acquisition spree for some time now buying targets that helps it with rendering, AEC, interactivity, printing, customers.
Realizing that wikipedia was out of date on this i thought i'd summarize some of the most recent purchases (and then contribute back to wikipedia).
Here are some of the main ones which received my interest, not counting investments (even more) <my comments inline>:
- On July 21, 2010, Autodesk announced the acquisition of Illuminate Labs, the maker of Beast (a global illumination middleware) and Turtle (a global illumination plugin for Maya) used for video game development. <JF: Rendering play>
- On July 19, 2011, Autodesk announced the acquisition of Pixlr, online photo editing and sharing service. <JF: Social/Photos/Consumer play>
- On August 1, 2011, Autodesk announced the acquisition of Instructables, a website and platform where users can share their ideas and collaborate with a variety of do-it-yourself projects. <JF: From this they gained tens of millions of visitors (proconsumers and hobbyist, also known as Makers) for their 3D 123D business>. <JF: Social/CustomerLeads play>
- On August 25, 2011, Autodesk announced the acquisition of Numenus, which optimizes CAD and construction processes by using NURBS technology.<JF: this was also rendering technology, i thought at the time it would be used for their cloud rendering, from what i can gather the product has been largely been shelved but I've heard (may or may not be true) that some of the NURBS IP is being used in VRED and Alais now> <JF: Rendering play>
- On December 16, 2011, Autodesk announced the acquisition of Horizontal Systems, a provider of cloud-based BIM (Building Information Modeling) collaboration solutions for the AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) industry. <JF: AEC play>
- On October 4, 2012, Autodesk announced the acquisition of Qontext, Inc., an enterprise social collaboration platform to accelerate Autodesk’s ongoing move to the cloud and expansion of social capabilities in the Autodesk 360 cloud-based service. <JF: Social play>
- On May 18, 2013, TinkerCAD announced it had been bought by Autodesk.TinkerCAD is a browser-based 3D solid modelling tool for rapid prototyping known for its simple interface and entry-level ease of use.<JF: Social/Proconsumer/Cloud3D/Maker play>
- On February 6, 2014, Autodesk completed the acquisition of Delcam, a UK based supplier of advanced CAD/CAM software for the manufacturing industry, for approximately $286 million, using non-U.S.-based cash. <JF: MAJOR CAM play>
- On August 28, 2012, Inforbix was Acquired by Autodesk (run by well known and respected Oleg Shilovitsky) < PLM/search play>
- On Jan 9, 2013, Autodesk acquires PI-VR. Specialist in real time visualisation software and the VRED products. <Important manufacturing/Auto/rendering play>
- On June 9, 2014, Autodesk Acquires Bitsquid to help drive creation of 3D Game Engine For Game Developers, Architects, Engineers and Designers. <Games/AEC play>
- On June 25, 2014, Autodesk announced they would acquire Shotgun Software, Creator of Cloud-Based Production Management Platform for Film, Television and Games Industries <Games/Cloud play>
- On June 27, 2014, Autodesk Acquires David Benjamin’s Architectural Design Studio, The Living The software company and New York based practice. Will collaborate on researching new building typologies and materials as an Autodesk Studio. <AEC play>
- On June 27, 2014, Autodesk Acquires Vela Systems, Aims To Bring Construction Management Systems To Tablets <(smart) AEC/Construction play>
- On Nov 5, 2014, Autodesk buys Lagoa $60 Million <Rendering/Manufacturing/Cloud play>
- On Feb 9, 2015, Autodesk acquires Tweak for digital image review The Tweak technology and team will become part of the Shotgun review and collaboration group
- On March 19, 2015, Autodesk acquires Icelanding Modio3D the design app for Ipad users which allows users to design their own 3D printing projects. It will be renamed to Autodesk Tinkerplay (keeping inline with TinkerCAD) <3D printing play for hobbyist/proconsumers>
Pretty incredible, this isnt even looking at the older ones, going right back to Discreet (3dsmax), Maya, Softimage/XSI, etc.
It's hard to even keep up. I’m sure I’ve missed a few - please do let me know if i have.
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