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Headline News Autodesk Launches New Version of the AREA

Press Release from Autodesk, Inc.

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., June 3, 2009 -- Autodesk, Inc., has launched a new version of the AREA -- the company's online digital entertainment and visualization community. This version provides a more customizable user experience and makes it faster and easier to find and share content. The AREA is also now compatible with all standard browsers running on the Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems.

Headline News Alioscopy Autostereoscopic 3-D Displays Join Autodesk Gallery and Showrooms

Press Release from Alioscopy USA

SAN FRANCISCO -- Alioscopy USA, a 3D visualization technology provider, today announced that its innovative 42" LCD autostereoscopic 3D display is now a part of the design collection in the prestigious Autodesk Gallery at One Market in San Francisco, California. Built to celebrate the design process of its customers, the Autodesk Gallery at One Market features more than 20 different exhibits that highlight the vast range of inspiring designs, from cathedrals to giant LEGO dinosaurs.

Headline News 3Dconnexion Announces Support for Autodesk 3ds Max 2010

Press Release from 3Dconnexion

3Dconnexion's line of 3D mice is now supported by AutoCAD 2010 and Autodesk Inventor 2010 software, giving design engineers added control over the enhanced 3D design capabilities offered in the latest platforms. Using 3Dconnexion 3D mice, professionals can interact more intuitively with new features in Autodesk 3D environments such as the free-form design tools in AutoCAD 2010 and fly-through navigation in Autodesk Inventor 2010, improving overall workflows and design performance.

Headline News Autodesk Offers Free Render-Quality Vegetation Content for 3ds Max

Press Release from Autodesk, Inc.

SAN FRANCISCO, April 30, 2009 -- Architects and designers now have access to 100 species of Xfrog plants and trees that can be easily integrated into digital worlds and environments created with Autodesk 3ds Max Design modeling, animation and rendering software. This render-quality, highly realistic content -- developed by botanical experts from around the world -- is available for free download from the Autodesk Seek web service.

Headline News Autodesk Kynapse Middleware Licensed for America's Army 3 Computer Game

Press Release from Autodesk, Inc.

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., April 28 -- Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) has announced that the U.S. Army has licensed Autodesk Kynapse artificial intelligence (AI) middleware for the AMERICA'S ARMY 3 computer game. Kynapse will help to enhance game play in the new title by providing AI to various classes of non-player characters (NPCs). NPCs are characters that are not controlled by the individual playing the computer game. AMERICA'S ARMY 3 will be released in 2009.

Headline News Autodesk Mudbox 2009 Now Available for the Mac

Press Release from Autodesk

Autodesk has announced that Mudbox 2009 for the Mac is now available. Designed by professional artists in the film, game, and design industries, Mudbox 2009 combines a highly intuitive interface with a powerful toolset of stencils and brushes for creating ultra-realistic 3D characters, environments and props. The software gives artists the freedom to create 3D digital artwork as if they were working with clay and paint.

Headline News Autodesk NAB Show News: Smoke & Mirrors London First to Adopt Flare

Press Release from Autodesk

Within the first hour of NAB 2009, Smoke & Mirrors London purchased two seats of Autodesk Flare -- the new software-only creative companion to Autodesk Flame and Autodesk Inferno visual effects systems.

Smoke & Mirrors are adding Flare to their arsenal of Autodesk products, which includes:

-- Autodesk Flame visual effects system-- Autodesk Smoke editorial finishing and visual effects system-- Autodesk Toxik compositing and visual effects software

Headline News Autodesk Launches Flare, Smoke, Flint and More at NAB 2009

Autodesk announced the 2010 releases of Smoke and Flint software for editorial finishing and vfx, while also unveiling the 2009 Extension 1 releases of Lustre and Incinerator color grading software. In addition, the company launched Autodesk Flare software, a creative companion to the 2010 releases of Flame and Inferno vfx systems. The new releases are being showcased in the Autodesk booth SL2120 at NAB 2009 in Las Vegas, which runs through Thursday.

Headline News NAB 2009: Autodesk Presents Visual Effects Software

Press Release from Autodesk, Inc.

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., April 14, 2009 -- Autodesk, Inc., will participate in the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas, April 18-23, 2009. At NAB, Autodesk expects to unveil a new product and showcase its latest visual effects, finishing, color grading and animation solutions for film, television and commercial post-production.

Autodesk Product ShowcaseAt the Autodesk booth SL2120, NAB attendees can see demonstrations featuring the following products:

Headline News Autodesk Talks GDC

It's been a busier GDC than usual for Autodesk, which was expected after the recent Softimage purchase. First came the announcement of 3ds Max 2010, followed by new versions of its two runtime technologies for the game engine -- HumanIK 4 animation middleware and Kynapse 6 artificial intelligence (AI) middleware -- as well as Softimage Mod Tool 7.5 software (formerly SOFTIMAGE|XSI Mod Tool), the free 3D modeling and animation package for aspiring artists.

Headline News Autodesk Introduces 3ds Max 2010 at GDC

Autodesk introduced 3ds Max 2010 software at GDC, offering nearly 350 additional features. The 2010 release provides innovative creative tools: a render-quality viewport display and at least 100 new Graphite modeling tools. It also offers new capabilities that help artists manage complex scenes with greater ease and an unprecedented level of support for software interoperability and pipeline integration.

Artists have used 3ds Max to create numerous award-winning videogames, such as FALLOUT 3, PRINCE OF PERSIA and GEARS OF WAR 2.

Headline News Autodesk at GDC 2009: From Technical to Creative

At the 2009 Game Developers Conference (GDC), Autodesk will showcase its latest middleware and art creation tools for building innovative game experiences. Daily presentations at the Autodesk Booth (#5716) will highlight how the company's solutions have helped artists create AAA titles, such as FIFA SOCCER 09, WARHAMMER ONLINE: AGE OF RECKONING, PRINCE OF PERSIA and JAMES BOND: QUANTUM OF SOLACE. Industry visionaries and technology experts will also host four free Autodesk MasterClasses and six free Autodesk-sponsored training sessions during the show.

Headline News Autodesk Introduces Softimage 7.5 Software

Autodesk has launched Autodesk Softimage 7.5 software for visual effects and game production, renaming the SOFTIMAGE|XSI software -- acquired from Avid Technology, Inc. -- Autodesk Softimage. The 7.5 version offers timesaving new features, such as UV unfolding technology, a multithreaded Syflex cloth simulator and an integrated mental ray 3.7+ renderer. Artists have used Softimage to create numerous movies, commercials and video games, including the Oscar-winning film HAPPY FEET, Coca Cola's HEIST Super Bowl ad, and the FABLE II videogame.

Headline News Autodesk Technology Key Player in Super Bowl Commercials

Advertisers and movie studios relied on technology from Autodesk to tackle the cutting-edge visual effects and animation integral to delivering their Super Bowl XLIII message.

"Super Bowl commercials and trailers are some of the most demanding entertainment projects in the world," said Bruno Sargeant, senior industry manager for television and broadcast, Autodesk Media & Entertainment. "For over 15 years, leading creatives have relied on a variety of Autodesk solutions to shape awe-inspiring content."

Headline News Autodesk's NAB 2009 Call for Submissions

Deadlines: February 16 and March 4, 2009

The Autodesk 2009 Best of the Best Show Reel is seeking submissions. Enter your latest film, commercial, broadcast, music video, and episodic projects created using Autodesk software, including Softimage|XSI and Softimage|Face Robot.

Headline News The Foundry Returns to Autodesk Sparks Program

Under an exclusive arrangement with Autodesk, The Foundry can once again offer support for the Autodesk Sparks range of its Tinder, Furnace and Keylight products.

The Foundry had previously been winding down support and development for plug-ins on Autodesk System products following Autodesk's termination of The Foundry's Authorized Developer Network program membership at the end of 2008.

Headline News Autodesk Technology Brings Magic Mirror to Life For Shrek

In the new Broadway hit SHREK THE MUSICAL, DreamWorks Animation is relying on Autodesk's 3D character animation technology. A customized system based on Autodesk MotionBuilder software is being used to generate a digital face in the Magic Mirror, which speaks to Lord Farquaad in real-time for every show.

Headline News Autodesk to Cut 10 Percent of Work Force

Autodesk has announced they will cut 750 jobs, or about 10 percent of their staff, according to wire reports.

A release on iStockAnalyst said Autodesk will "consolidate certain facilities as part of a plan to reduce operating expenses."

The initiatives are in addition to the ongoing actions previously announced that include a hiring freeze, business travel restrictions, and other reductions in its operating expenses.

Headline News Autodesk Games Show Reel Call for Submissions

Looking to show off your company's talent? Be part of the Autodesk Games Show Reel 2009!

Submit your recent video-game cinematics, trailers, in-game sequences, or animations created with any or a combination of the following Autodesk animation products: 3ds Max, Maya, MotionBuilder, Mudbox, Kynapse, HumanIK, and Softimage|XSI software.

Headline News Foundry Slashes Sparks Prices as Autodesk Revokes License

The Foundry has significantly reduced prices on plug-ins for Autodesk advanced systems, as it is no longer part of the Autodesk Authorized Developer Network program and can no longer guarantee continued development or support.

The decision follows notification by Autodesk that it will not renew its development license with The Foundry, citing competitive issues. The decision ends Autodesk's 12-year development relationship with The Foundry and its users.

Headline News Autodesk Announces Three New Software Releases for the Mac

To coincide with the annual Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, Autodesk, Inc. announced Tuesday that it has expanded its portfolio of Macintosh 2D and 3D software tools for entertainment, multimedia and design professionals.

Headline News Autodesk Helps Shape Top Games, Films of 2008

Across multiple movie genres and filmmaking techniques, this year's holiday blockbuster movies demonstrate the wide-range of entertainment that is shaped with Autodesk software. Filmmakers are using Autodesk's animation, visual effects and color grading tools to enhance their creative process and enable sophisticated storytelling.

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