Autodesk has purchased what it calls "substantially all of the assets of RealViz", the developer of creative tools such as Stitcher, ImageModeler, MatchMover. Essentially, this means that the company has acquired on all of RealViz's products and technology, but not the company itself, or necessarily any of its staff. No details of the deal were released.
Autodesk says that it intends to develop and sell RealViz’s Stitcher Unlimited, Stitcher Express, ImageModeler and Movimento software as standalone products. Matchmover, Retimer and VTour will no longer be available as standalone products; core technology from these RealViz products will be integrated into future versions of Autodesk’s existing products, enabling customers to bring the real world into design environments.
The following RealViz offerings have been discontinued: Stitcher Pro, Stitcher Unlimited DS, StoryViz, and hardware and software product bundles. Education versions of ImageModeler and Stitcher continue to be available. Student versions of ImageModeler and Stitcher are no longer available.
RealViz was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Sophia Antipolis, France. It's technology has been used to create visual effects for Zodiac, The Host, Children of Men, Superman Returns, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and many other blockbuster films.