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Jan 11, 2006



I'm surprised the Autodesk hasn't made an attempt to but Mcneel out. Rhino has some great tools I'd like to have available for use in Inventor and AutoCAD.

Evan Yares


It's more than likely that Autodesk managemen sees the Alias acquisition as filling their need for surface modeling software. (Incidentally, Autodesk took a run at the surface modeling market in 1993, when they bought MicroEngineering Solutions. It didn't work out too well.)

In any case, I don't know that McNeel would sell. His company has an employee stock ownership plan, and though a buyout would make his associates some money, my belief is that the culture shock would destroy the very things that make the company successful. (There was already significant culture shock with the Alias acquistion, even before it closed.)

Bob, and the people that work with him, have a great time doing what they are doing. Why change something that works?

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