Glad you liked it Daniel , but it was most definitely more Star Trek than Doctor Who reference. but its not the first time this reference has been made to AD has it?
And as the analogy goes its not too far off the mark. Autodesk has lots of different products, ours is a small spaceship next to a vast Cube that I can only assume at the length & breadth of all of these softwares it owns, but some are unique to their respective markets, some overlap. It looks like AD has a strategy to purchase a lot of other Software code/IP and repackage them, some 'Survive' as individual entities like MAX, MAYA & SOFTIMAGE others are incorporated as plugin/features to its current set of programs and lets not be naive here, others in the past have been 'shelved' as discontinued or given away for free bonus features.
For purely selfish reasons, I want SI to remain as its own entity , and not be incorporated as a plugin, and even though it often looks like it is in the process of being turned into one, from the reassurances from SI dev and team it seems its looking that it can remain Softimage , for a few years at least.
I dont think AD will do an UBER app of the best of all 3. Project X is the closest to this and its just Max only isnt it? I think some more independent clever sods will invent new tools and techniques and this will be the basis of the next generation of the tools we use.