Smith Micro Software Inc will add the popular e frontier 3D graphic and animation solutions Poser, Anime Studio and Manga Studio to its growing lineup of products. Smith Micro will acquire ownership and distribution rights to these and other e frontier assets for $6 million in cash and anticipates the deal to be close in the fourth quarter of 2007. e frontier had total revenues in excess of $7 million for their fiscal year ending March 2007.
"The rapid advancement of technology has made computer animation and 3D modeling available to everyone and the animation industry is one of the hottest growth segments within the consumer marketplace," said William W. Smith Jr., president and CEO of Smith Micro Software. "We are excited to significantly broaden our consumer portfolio with the addition of Poser, Manga Studio and Anime Studio. These popular products not only complement our current multimedia offerings, but positions Smith Micro as a leading player in this space.
"As a part of this transaction we also acquired all the rights for the Aquazone product line. This includes the new Aquazone Mobile Edition that is available exclusively in Japan to NTT DoCoMo and Softbank mobile subscribers. Our goal is to capitalize on our strong presence in the wireless marketplace and introduce the Aquazone Mobile Edition to our wireless partners and mobile users throughout the world."
The fast growing global animation and 3D market reached nearly $60 billion in sales in 2006 and is expected to pass the $80 billion sales mark by 2010. The Poser's 3D figure design and animation program has a strong following of more than 500,000 users and is growing. Manga Studio, originally created in Japan as ComicStudio, has become the number one selling Manga software worldwide. Anime Studio is a complete animation solution for creating 2D movies, cartoons, anime or cut-out animations and is ideal for animators of any caliber.
Smith Micro Software Inc., headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California, with offices in Europe and Asia, develops and markets wireless multimedia and communications solutions, mobile device management products, image and data compression solutions and many award-winning software products.