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Q: Acquisitions of companies by Autodesk since 1996 ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Acquisitions of companies by Autodesk since 1996
Category: Business and Money
Asked by: joelorr-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 25 Oct 2005 07:46 PDT
Expires: 24 Nov 2005 06:46 PST
Question ID: 584653
I'm looking for a list of companies acquired by Autodesk since 1996.
Any ancillary details, such as what the acquired company does or the
price paid for the company, would be helpful.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 25 Oct 2005 08:38 PDT

I would venture to guess that an almost ten-year history of
acquisitions would be more research than researchers are willing to
undertake for the price you've set.

You may think about scaling back the question, or adjusting your price accordingly.

Just a suggestion...


Clarification of Question by joelorr-ga on 25 Oct 2005 08:57 PDT
Not having performed such research myself, I really have little basis
on which to estimate a price. But since I see by your profile that you
are an experienced researcher, I gratefully accept your suggestion,
and will adjust my price upward.

Subject: Re: Acquisitions of companies by Autodesk since 1996
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 25 Oct 2005 09:38 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars


This is a company on one heck of a shopping spree.

Here are the acquisitions (and a few other sorts of ventures)
announced by Autodesk since 1996.  Most of the announcements come from
company press releases identified by searching newspaper/newswire

I trust the information below fully answers your question.

However, please don't rate this answer until you have everything you
need.  If there's anything more I can do for you, just post a Request
for Clarification, and I'm happy to assist you further.




October 17, 2005

Autodesk Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK) has agreed to buy Toronto-based 3D
graphics technology company Alias Inc. from Accel-KKR and Teachers'
Private Capital. The deal is valued at $182 million in cash, and is
expected to close within the next four to six months. Accel-KKR and
Teachers' Private Capital acquired Alias in June 2004 for $57.5
million, with Accel-KKR serving as majority shareholder.

August 22, 2005 

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) today announced the acquisition of Solid
Dynamics, SA, a French company whose kinematics/dynamics technology
enables designers in the manufacturing market to simulate, analyze,
test and optimize physical motion and loading in mechanical
assemblies, a process known as motion simulation and analysis. Terms
of the acquisition were not disclosed.

July 6, 2005 

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) today announced that it has completed the
acquisition of c-plan AG worth approximately $18 million USD plus net
working capital. On May 3, 2005, Autodesk announced a definitive
agreement to acquire c-plan -- a leading provider of open-standard
geographic information systems (GIS) throughout Central Europe. The
acquisition strengthens Autodesk's position as a global leader in the
geospatial market and as a provider of comprehensive industry
solutions to municipal governments, utilities and engineering firms.

June 16, 2005 

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) today announced that it has completed the
acquisition of Colorfront Ltd. for $15 million USD. On April 18, 2005,
Autodesk announced a definitive agreement to acquire Colorfront -- the
leading developer of color correction technology for film studios and
digital film laboratories. This acquisition positions Autodesk for
long-term growth in the digital film industry and is expected to be
neutral to Autodesk's earnings in fiscal year 2006.

February 18, 2005

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) today announced an agreement to acquire
all assets of COMPASS systems GmbH, a European-based developer of the
COMPASS family of data management solutions, for 13 million Euros.
COMPASS is a leader in the European data management market, and
COMPASS customers include more than 20,000 users in 1,800
manufacturing companies.

December 17, 2004

Microsoft...signed a cross-licensing deal with CAD ISV AutoDesk....The
cross-licensing pact with U.S.-based AutoDesk , meanwhile, will enable
both software companies to exchange and implement their respective
technologies, including data management, collaboration, design data
management, digital effects, digital rights management, project
management, CAD and location-based services, Microsoft said. Terms of
the agreement weren't disclosed.

June 10, 2004 

In October 2003 AVEVA formed a technical alliance with Autodesk
(Nasdaq: ADSK), the world's leading digital 3D software company. By
bringing together the two separate practices of drawing-centricity (as
exemplified by AutoCAD(R)) and data-centricity (AVEVA's 3D Plant
Design Management System, PDMS) that had divided much of the industry
for several decades, the alliance is accelerating design office
production and cutting the amount of time engineers spend moving
information from one application into another.

May 10, 2004,

Underscoring its leadership in animation technology innovation,
Discreet, a division of Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK) today announced
the acquisition of Unreal Pictures, developers of the advanced,
award-winning character animation tool, character studio. This
transaction brings in patents and core character studio technology...

February 24, 2004 

Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK), the world's leading design software and
digital content company, announced today an agreement to acquire
certain assets of MechSoft, Inc., an Autodesk Inventor(R) Certified
Applications Program partner and developer of the award-winning
MechSoft product. This move advances Autodesk's goal of delivering
engineering capabilities to the design department to help customers
build products based on the concept of "functional design." Functional
design is a new, more direct way to design in 3D. Autodesk plans to
integrate key components of MechSoft's technology into future versions
of Autodesk Inventor Series.

March 4, 2003

Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq:ADSK), the world's leading design software and
digital content company, today announced the acquisition of the assets
of two software companies -- truEInnovations, Inc., and Linius
Technologies, Inc. -- and an agreement to purchase certain assets of a
third software company -- VIA Development Corporation. The move
advances the company's goal of delivering a comprehensive product
lifecycle management (PLM) solution that meets the needs of mainstream
manufacturing customers. These acquisitions will help Autodesk
customers create accurate 3D models of both electrical and mechanical
components of their products, document all of the systems inherent to
these products, and manage and share design data inside the
engineering workgroup and throughout its internal and external

August 6, 2002

Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq:ADSK), the world's leading design software and
digital content company, today announced it has entered into a
definitive agreement to acquire the software and related assets of
CAiCE Software Corporation, a profitable, Florida-based developer of
surveying and engineering applications for transportation agencies and
consultants, for approximately $10 million cash. Autodesk anticipates
that the transaction will close in early September and expects that
the acquisition will be neutral with respect to earnings for the
current fiscal year. With this acquisition, Autodesk will add
complementary functionality to its existing civil engineering
solutions for highways, airports, railroads, and other
transportation-related segments positioning Autodesk to expand into
new markets.

February 21, 2002

Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK), the leading design software and digital
content company, today announced its intention to acquire Revit
Technology Corporation, a Massachusetts-based developer of parametric
building technology for building design, construction, and management,
for $133 million cash. The addition of Revit software complements
Autodesk's existing family of building industry applications with a
parametric building modeler for customers to design, coordinate, and
integrate information about an entire building. The closing of the
acquisition is subject to governmental and shareholder approvals.

September 24, 2001

Design and digital content creation company Autodesk has completed the
$15m acquisition of Buzzsaw, a privately held company that provides
online project collaboration and print-management applications for the
building industry.

January 24, 2001

Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK) today announced it has completed the
acquisition of Gentry Systems, a leading supplier of specialized
software tools and services to over 300 companies in 11 countries in
the electric utility industry. The acquisition gives Autodesk
industry-specific design functionality and services helping it extend
its vision of a comprehensive asset management/facility
management/geographic information system enterprise solution to the
electric utility market. Combined with the recently announced Autodesk
GIS Design Server (click:, electric
utility companies will have a powerful solution for designing networks
and integrating their GIS data and systems at the enterprise decision
support level. The result is reduced costs, streamlined operational
efficiency and increased competitiveness.

April 22, 1999

Autodesk today announced that it has acquired VISION* Solutions, a
leading-edge vendor of enterprise automated mapping/facilities
management/geographic information systems (AM/FM/GIS) solutions based
in Canada, from MCI Systemhouse Corp., MCI WorldCom's global
information technology company, for US$26 million. The transaction
will be accounted for as a purchase. Autodesk will integrate the
VISION* offerings with its leading desktop tools to offer the most
scalable, reliable and proven desktop-to-enterprise AM/FM/GIS solution
in the industry.

March 16, 1999

Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK) announced that the Company's acquisition
of Discreet Logic Inc. (Nasdaq: DSLGF)

March 10, 1999

Shareholders of Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK) and Discreet Logic Inc.
(Nasdaq: DSLGF) voted to approve the acquisition of Discreet Logic by
Autodesk in special meetings held by both companies today.

Discreet Logic, named as Canada's third fastest-growing company by
PROFIT magazine, develops advanced systems and new media software used
in the creation of digital imagery and serves three key markets: 
visual effects, editing and production.
Discreet products are used to develop imagery for video, broadcast,
HDTV, the web, new media and feature films, including 1998 summer
blockbuster "ARMAGEDDON," and Visual Effect Academy Award winners
"Titanic" and "Independence Day."

May 6, 1998

Autodesk Inc. said yesterday that it had bought most of the assets of
the closely held Genius CAD-Software G.m.b.H. of Germany for $68
million in cash, to enhance its line of mechanical-design software
products. Genius's mechanical-software design unit, which will remain
in Germany, will be added to Autodesk's mechanical market group.
Autodesk, which makes software to aid engineers and designers, will
employ 70 workers from Genius, including software engineers and
production-support personnel.

March 31, 1997

Autodesk Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) and Softdesk Inc. (NASDAQ:SDSK) announced
today that they have received early termination of the waiting period
under the Hart Scott Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 from
the Federal Trade Commission, that Softdesk shareholders have approved
the transaction, and that Autodesk's acquisition of Softdesk has
closed effective March 31, 1997.

Softdesk, the AEC Authority(TM), is a leading supplier of
Architecture, Engineering and Construction application software for
professionals and consumers worldwide. Its award-winning products are
used by the world's foremost firms to design and engineer all types of
projects involving land, buildings, transportation infrastructure and
environmental resources. The company produces over 50 software
solutions, which are available in several languages and sold in more
than 100 countries. Softdesk offices around the globe support an
international network of more than 450 distributors and resellers.


Thanks for bringing your question to Google Answers, and again, let me
know if there's anything else I can do for you on this one.


search strategy -- searched various news and business databases for:

autodesk (acquisit* OR bought OR buy* OR purchas*)

Request for Answer Clarification by joelorr-ga on 25 Oct 2005 11:57 PDT
No joke!

This is a complete - and very timely - answer to my question. It would
have taken me a while to figure out a strategy like what you used, and
this is well worth the money to me.

I have another dozen or so companies for which I need similar info,
but this is coming out of my personal pocker, so I can't afford $50
each for them.

Also, I do not know if it is kosher to suggest direct contact; if that
is a violation of Google Answers' terms of use, I wouldn't want to do
it. But if not, it might allow a more flexible arrangement.


Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 25 Oct 2005 12:20 PDT

Glad to hear that my answer met your needs.

As for future questions, I'm afraid that direct contact between
customers and researchers is prohibited by the Google Answer terms of
service, so you'll have to rely on posting any new questions here.

You can always post a question to my particular attention (or to the
attention of any researcher you'd care to work with).  Just put
something like "For pafalafa-ga" in both the subject heading and the
text of the question.

I don't want to put a strain on your pocketbook, but I also don't want
to be unrealistic about what can be provided.  Ten years of
acquisitions is a long period to cover, and not all companies are as
neatly documented as Autodesk turned out to be.

Think about how you might scale back your question somewhat in a
manner that makes it appropriate to whatever fee you feel can be

Keep in mind, though, that there are many researchers here at Google
Answers, and we each have our own threshhold and sensibility for what
work can be done at what price.  Try posting another question or two
for some of your other companies, leave the question open for any
researcher, and see what comes of it!

Let me know if there's anything else I can help you with on Autodesk.  

Mean time, I'll keep an eye out for any additional questions you may
decide to post.


joelorr-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Answer was exactly what I was looking for - and timeliness was better
than I had hoped! Thanks, paf!

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