Design & Drafting announced that it acquired AutoBlock2000 from MSZDesign, a developer and marketer of a theatrical lighting plug-in software for AutoCAD. AutoBlock2000 provides sophisticated lighting design tools to theatrical designers around the world.

"The acquisition brings together two programs that have complementary strengths. Design & Drafting gains technology of a proven performer in the theatrical lighting plot layout design," says Rufus Warren, president, Design & Drafting. "With the addition of AutoBlock2000 AutoCAD plug-in, we expect to become a stronger player in the theatrical marketplace."

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. According to Warren, the approximately five-year-old product will continue to be sold under the name AutoBlock by Design & Drafting while MSZDesign moves into other areas of design. MSZDesign has been an AutoCAD Plug-in Developer since January 1999. The underlying technologies in both companies' products are complementary.

"This acquisition is an example of Design & Drafting's ongoing commitment to provide `best-value' solutions to its customers," says Mike Zinman, owner, MSZDesign. "While Design & Drafting clearly possesses the resources to create the technology we provide, I believe the company deserves great credit for building its presence in this market by acquiring our proven technology and end user base. This acquisition is more than just a purchase--it represents Design & Drafting’s commitment to supplying world-class lighting design products to customers worldwide."