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I'm excited to let you know that Autodesk, Inc. has made an investment in deviantART and that one of Autodesk's top executives, Samir Hanna, Vice President of the Autodesk Consumer Group, will become an observer on the deviantART Board of Directors.

Autodesk has over 30 years of history in helping designers create amazing things. You may know Autodesk for apps like SketchBook and Pixlr for drawing, illustration, and image editing, or for software like 3ds Max and Maya, which are used by the top film and game studios around the world to create fantastically realistic 3D characters, environments, and effects.  Amazing fact: the last 17 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects use Autodesk software. Autodesk is also known for engineering software like AutoCAD, Inventor, and Revit, which has been used to design some of the world’s tallest buildings, longest bridges, and most incredible machines.

With the investment we plan to improve deviantART at a faster pace than we could have just under our own steam.  More deviantART delivered deviously -- that's the plan. I can assure you, there will be no change in control over the community or company as a result of this deal but the rest of the terms are staying confidential for now.

Our consistent growth as a community and in raw numbers visiting the site proves how vital dA has become to so many involved in the arts and in the popular culture reflected and created by deviants. It takes more than just extra servers to keep up with this growth. We so deeply appreciate all the support from the community, from staff and from volunteers.  It’s hard work but with a huge result -- for me and for many others the best place to be on the Internet.

-- Angelo

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p.s. Go say hi to autodesk-sketchbook !!!  

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:iconkyle-culver:
kyle-culver Oct 31, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Dude, that's awesome!! Congrats on getting such an incredible asset! Long live dA! :w00t:
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KeremGo Oct 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry I'm using PIXOLOGIC Zbrush and MAXON Cinema 4D...
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SaTaNiA Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's good to know that !
I'm looking forward to know what it could means and add to the awesome deviantART user experience (or for the staff)!
As I'm using Autocad everyday for my engineering work it's kinda funny to know that also :)
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914four Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Any chance I can get an upgrade for my AutoCAD 11.0? :-)
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yyjvmb Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
wow, i use autodesk all the time !! hopefully this'll bring improvement to dA <3
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Lumaris Sep 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh, wow. What spiffy news to read this morning. 
I must say, I'm damned excited to see what this will bring for DeviantART. :la:
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Shane Griffith, 3ds Max Product Manager interview I did 5 years ago www.deviantart.com#/journal/Go…
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celticpath Sep 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Awesome! :)
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KovoWolf Sep 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
This sounds absolutely fantastic !
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Espliego Sep 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thats awesome! We use Autodesk products in my technical school :D
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