Jun. 9, 2014, 1:40 PM
- Autodesk (ADSK -0.7%) has bought Bitsquid, the Swedish creator of a 3D game engine used by multiple console/PC game developers. Terms are undisclosed.
- Autodesk says it'll use Bitsquid's engine to "supercharge its portfolio of tools for game makers through the development of a new 3D game engine," as well as to "create new tools that push the limits of real-time 3D visualization for architects and designers."
- The company goes as far as to say the deal will "revolutionize real-time exploration of complex data" for CAD projects. "Imagine being able to walk through and explore any type of design, from buildings to cars, with the same freedom you experience in the open world of a next-generation console game."
- The purchase comes as the gaming industry's E3 conference gets underway. Autodesk already sells its Maya animation software and 3ds Max modeling/rendering software to game developers.
- Past acquisitions: Creative Market, Circuits.io, Delcam
Mar. 19, 2014, 2:08 PM
- Autodesk's (ADSK -1.7%) latest acquisition is Creative Market, provider of an online marketplace for graphics, templates, fonts, and other digitally-designed content. Terms are undisclosed.
- In a blog post, Creative Market's founders suggest Autodesk is buying the company in part to provide "a more consumer-focused offering" for the digital content space.
- The CAD software giant has already made a string of acquisitions aimed at growing its consumer and/or cloud exposure. Other purchases: Qontext, Socialcam, Tinkercad.
Jan. 6, 2014, 5:20 PM
- Autodesk (ADSK) has acquired Circuits.io, owner of a Web-based electronic circuit design/simulation app and related online community. Terms are undisclosed. (PR)
- Autodesk partnered with Circuits.io last year to launch 123D Circuits, an electronics design tool now supported by a community of 30K+ users. The company is using the acquisition to target a growing market for enthusiast/startup-focused circuit simulation software, rather than directly take on high-end vendors such as Cadence and Synopsys.
- Other recent acquisitions: Delcam, Sam/AutoTrack, Firehole Composites
Oct. 2, 2013, 11:11 AM
- Ahead of today's analyst day event (starts at 11:30AM ET, webcast), Autodesk (ADSK +2.4%) is reaffirming its FQ3 (Oct. quarter) guidance and establishing FQ4 guidance. (PR)
- The CAD software giant expects FQ4 revenue of $560M-$580M and EPS of $0.29-$0.36, below a consensus of $596.6M and $0.49. Investors don't seem to be concerned, given the company's transition to a subscription-based business model that results in less revenue being recognized up-front.
- Also: Autodesk is acquiring certain assets from French construction/civil engineering software firm Graitec, including the company's Advance Steel and Advance Concrete product lines.
- Autodesk says the products will strengthen its Building Information Modeling software lineup for structural fabrication/detailing applications. The company's Architecture, Engineering, and Construction sales have been a bright spot, growing 6% Y/Y in the July quarter (FQ2) vs. a 1% rev. drop for the company at-large.
- The Graitec software purchases follow the acquisition of bridge/vehicle software tools from two U.K. firms in August.
Aug. 19, 2013, 11:39 AM
- Autodesk (ADSK) has acquired product lines from two U.K.-based software firms. One of the lines, Sam, includes software tools for analyzing and designing small/medium-sized bridges, and the other, AutoTrack, features software used to analyze vehicle movements (i.e. swept path analysis) and design parking areas/roundabouts.
- Sam and AutoTrack will be added to Autodesk's existing lineup of transportation-focused building information modeling (BIM) tools.
- The company has been more than happy to expand via M&A in recent years. Previous acquisitions: Tinkercad, PI-VR, Firehole Composites, Socialcam, Inforbix, Qontext.
- FQ2 results arrive on Thursday afternoon.
Aug. 6, 2013, 9:22 AM
- TeamPlatform's cloud-based software allows project design and engineering teams to share files and collaborate on CAD/3D printing projects.
- 3D Systems (DDD) says TeamPlatform's offerings will be integrated with its Geomagic professional 3D object design/scanning software, and also its Cubify.com consumer 3D printing portal/marketplace.
- With this acquisition, 3D Systems is encroaching on Autodesk's (ADSK) turf. The CAD software giant competes with TeamPlatform via its comprehensive Autodesk 360 cloud CAD software suite. (PR)
May 19, 2013, 2:09 PM
Autodesk (ADSK) is acquiring Tinkercad, a developer of low-cost, web-based, 3D modeling and simulation tools. In tandem with the deal, Autodesk says it will revive Tinkercad's modeling service, which the startup recently said it would discontinue to focus on its supercomputer-powered Airstone simulation environment. Tinkercad's offerings will be added to Autodesk's 123D family of hobbyist-focused 3D design products, which now includes iPad apps. Terms are undisclosed. (other acquisitions: Firehole Composites, PI-VR, Qontext, Inforbix, Socialcam)| May 19, 2013, 2:09 PM
Mar. 19, 2013, 5:06 PM
Autodesk (ADSK) has bought Firehole Composites, a developer of design/analysis software for composite materials. Autodesk argues Firehole helps address the need for new simulation tech predict/optimize the performance of more complex materials. Earlier today, Jefferies raised its PT to $47 from $45: the firm pointed out penetration rates remain low for building information modeling (BIM) tools, and that Autodesk remains the market's leader. (previous)| Mar. 19, 2013, 5:06 PM
Jan. 8, 2013, 10:55 AM
Oct. 4, 2012, 2:48 PM
Autodesk (ADSK) has bought Qontext, an Indian developer of enterprise social networking software. Qonext's solutions will be integrated with the Autodesk 360 cloud CAD software platform. The deal shines a light on the critical role social networking features are playing in the evolution of cloud business apps - GigaOm's James Urquhart recently argued Salesforce.com's (CRM) ability to tie its cloud apps together through a tight social layer is helping it stand out from the crowd. Enterprise social pure-play Jive Software (JIVE) stands to benefit.| Oct. 4, 2012, 2:48 PM
Oct. 1, 2012, 11:58 AM
Aug. 28, 2012, 11:48 AM
Autodesk (ADSK +3.2%) has bought some of the assets of Inforbix, a developer of cloud-based product lifecycle management (PLM) software. Autodesk, which competes with PMTC and DASTY in the PLM space, plans to integrate Inforbix's technology within its cloud-based PLM360 suite, and has named Inforbix co-founder Oleg Shilovitsky its Senior Director of PLM and Data Management. Autodesk was crushed last week due to a poor FQ2 report (I, II, III).| Aug. 28, 2012, 11:48 AM
Jul. 17, 2012, 9:37 AM
Autodesk (ADSK +0.8%) is acquiring Socialcam, developer of a popular mobile video-sharing app, for $60M. Socialcam, which has seen over 16M downloads and competes with YouTube (GOOG), Facebook (FB), and Viddy, is an unconventional purchase for the CAD software leader. However, Autodesk's SketchBook mobile apps have gained a following, and the company did buy photo editing service Pixir in 2011. Socialcam's traffic has been slumping lately. (more)| Jul. 17, 2012, 9:37 AM
Nov. 30, 2011, 11:04 AM
CAD software giant Autodesk (ADSK +7.1%) shoots higher after announcing the acquisition of Horizontal Systems, a developer of cloud-based building modeling software. Canaccord thinks Autodesk's entry into the cloud software space will both increase its addressable market, and improve the predictability of its results (given cloud software sales tend to be subscription-based).| Nov. 30, 2011, 11:04 AM