Apple needs to buy AUTODESK ASAP!
All I want for Christmas is an official agreement of Apple buying AutoDesk. AutoDesk is a little too Mac indifferent for my liking. CAD and 3D for entertainment (Film, broadcast and games) is too big an industry segment right up the Apple alley to leave in the hands of AutoDesk. If Apple wants to move into games this is the ideal way to do it as they would have the top tier applications for all that is 3D and they would solidify their professional content creation line up. Additionally, I've heard people constantly talk about the possibilty of Apple buying Adobe, but Apple really already has either developed or acquired all of the same raw software IP Adobe and could fairly easily and quickly create software products to rival everything including Photoshop. The thing is while I dislike the way Adobe develops it's GUIs Adobe bought Macromedia purely to to keep Microsoft from getting Flash and killing all of Macromedias offerings except Flash. Adobe will never develop for Linux ass it would open itself up to all of the hackers in the world and doesn't wish to live in a Windows world...at a core level the corporation feels the need to develop for OS X. AutoDesk, on the other hand is a different ball game They develop softwre that Apple needs to maintain superiority in the ontent creation field, but from a corporate standpoint it doesn't have any compelling desire to develop for OS X irrespective of all of the built-in technologies Apple has developed to make the platform attractive to content creation. Buying AutoDesk would immediately give Apple the software applications that 90% of the gaming community uses to build the games everyone plays. 90% of Architects use, and 90% of what visual effects and animation houses use for film and broadcast. New technology mixed with Apple's software developing genius is the formula Apple has used to become successful at developing software. They need to do it now before AutoDesk starts selling off pieces of the company.