Autodesk's

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third-quarter earnings rose from a year ago and beat the consensus estimate compiled by Thomson Financial/First Call.

The San Rafael, Calif., software maker earned $21.5 million, or 38 cents a share, in its latest quarter, compared with $18.5 million, or 32 cents a share, last year. Its pro forma earnings were $20.8 million, or 37 cents a share, topping the consensus by a penny.

Autodesk said third-quarter revenue was $216.4 million, down from $229.2 million a year ago.