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April 27, 2015

Adobe wants a Nuke of its own

Adobe is particularly interested in Modo software.

By James Nunns

Adobe is looking to buy special effects company The Foundry for an estimated £200 million.

The UK compamy which is owned by the private equity firm Carlyle, was put up for sale last year after it was acquired for £75 million in 2011.

The Foundry has become famous for its effects programme, Nuke, which has been used in films such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Avatar and has clients including Pixar, Sony and Warner Bros.

Nuke, which has helped to increase the popularity of the firm, works by stitching together different layers of green screen animation and CGI.

Although neither company has commented on this, it is believed that Adobe is particularly interested in the software, Modo, which allows designers to sketch products in 3D before manufacturing.

Adobe is thought to be interested in integrating this technology into some of its products and services.

The Foundry currently employs 370 people across London, Manchester, Shanghai, Redwood City and Los Angeles.

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