Adobe has acquired computer-aided design (CAD) firm, Trade and Technologies France (TTF).

The company hopes to implement technologies acquired in the deal to build on the existing 3D visualisation and collaboration capabilities of Adobe software and solutions. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

"We're focused on delivering the benefits of Adobe software and PDF to customers in technical markets, including the manufacturing industry," said Tom Hale, Adobe's senior vice president, Knowledge Worker Solutions Business Unit. "We anticipate the acquisition of TTF will help us significantly accelerate and expand that effort. The key technology and expertise we gain from TTF will help enable Adobe to provide manufacturing organisations even more comprehensive solutions for 3D visualisation and collaboration that extend across and beyond the enterprise."

TTF is a privately held company headquartered near Lyons in France. Its technologies include CAD software interoperability translators and software libraries for high-end 3D visualisation.

In related news, the company has appointed former Sun executive John Loiacono as senior vice president, Creative Solutions. He will be responsible for the development, delivery and marketing of Adobe's entire creative software portfolio, including Adobe Creative Suite and Macromedia Studio.

Before joining Adobe, Loiacono served as executive vice president of software at Sun Microsystems with responsibility for software technologies, including the Solaris operating system, Java, Java Enterprise System suites, Java developer tools and Star Office. Prior to this he was senior vice president of Sun's operating platform group.