MAGIX AG is an international provider of software, online services and digital contents for multimedia communications based in Berlin, Germany. The Company also operates from branches in the United States, Canada, the UK, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands. MAGIX has developed software for creating, editing, managing and presenting photos, graphics, videos and music since 1993.
MAGIX was founded in Munich, Germany in 1993 by Jürgen Jaron, Dieter Rein and Erhard Rein under the name of "MAGIX Technology GmbH". The first product, MAGIX Music Maker, was published in 1994. From 1997 MAGIX began distribution in several European countries and the US via locally based subsidiaries. In 1999 MAGIX moved its headquarters from Munich to Berlin, Germany. Since then the company has made further expansions. In 2000, venture capitalist3i and technology holding company tbg invested € 4.9 million in MAGIX.
On April 6, 2006, MAGIX AG went public on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. 3i took partial exit during the IPO. It held about 11% of Magix post-IPO, but sold its stake to Heidelberg Capital in 2008. Later that year, MAGIX acquired freedb, a database of compact disc track listings.
In 2007 MAGIX acquired UK-based software developer Xara. In 2008 MAGIX AG initiated the Knowledge Community magix.info as an independent social network for experts on the topics of music production, video and photo editing. The social network counts 112,000 members (as of April 2011). In 2009 an additional group subsidiary was founded – MAGIX Online Services GmbH, based in Berlin. The main online services from MAGIX are united in this company.