Autodesk Announces Acquisition of Pixlr

Autodesk announced today it has completed the acquisition of Pixlr, a free online and social image creating, collecting, editing and sharing service. Pixlr, launched in 2008, provides accessible tools for nonprofessionals to create, edit and share images online and socially through platforms like Facebook.

“Combining image editing capabilities with sketching capabilities provides new avenues for rich visual expression,“ said Samir Hanna, vice president of consumer products at Autodesk. “We also intend to marry the Pixlr team's web development experience with our expertise in mobile app development to help people everywhere to be creative on their devices of their choice.“

The deal enhances Autodesk's ability to provide image editing for its consumer products, such as its SketchBook product line. The acquisition will allow SketchBook Pro desktop users to gain the ability to read and write image file formats and easily exchange files while maintaining deep data such as layers.

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