MetaCreations has announced a buyer for its 3D-character animation and design tool Poser. German-based egi.sys will now develop, publish, market and distribute future versions of Poser though its wholly-owned US subsidiary Curious Labs. Curious Labs was founded by Larry Weinberg, the original creator of Poser, together with Steve Cooper, former Poser product manager and Seath Ahrens, Poser’s co-lead engineer. The company plans to hire additional developers and engineers along with sales, marketing and support professionals from MetaCreations to ensure the smooth transition and continued development of Poser. "We are very excited to be working with egi.sys to establish Curious Labs as the new home of Poser," said Weinberg, CEO at Curious Labs. "It is already clear that egi.sys shares in our vision of bringing affordable and compelling creative tools to people everywhere. With egi.sys' research, technology and distribution capabilities in Europe, and with almost all of the development and marketing team of Poser intact in the US, we will be well positioned to continue to innovate and grow this proven product line that has already proven itself successful under MetaCreations." As part of the deal, egi.sys has also acquired MetaCreations’ Office Advantage, a Microsoft Office plug-in for Windows users that helps create more compelling and professional PowerPoint presentations and Excel charts. Both applications complement egi.sys' current graphics offerings in the 3D computer graphics arena. MetaCreations will continue to handle customer service for Poser and Office Advantage until April 30, 2000, after which time egi.sys will provide full customer support. In addition, MetaCreations will provide technical support until May 19, 2000. egi.sys has also agreed to honour support and upgrade privileges to registered owners of Poser 4 and Office Advantage, subject to proof of purchase and within applicable time limits. The deal represents the last in a series of graphic software sell-offs for MetaCreations following its announcement last December to restructure its business and focus solely on ecommerce visualization solutions for the Web, centred on its MetaStream technology. Other buyers of MetaCreations graphic software are Corel, which purchased eight tools including Painter 6.0, KPT, KPT Vector Effects and Bryce, and Adobe which recently acquired Canoma and Carrara.