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Aldus Corp. took a key step this week toward establishing a position in electronic publishing by acquiring a small Rhode Island company considered a leader in digital animation.
The purchase is just one of several the publicly traded Seattle company hopes to make in order to position it for the future world of creating documents with sound and motion that will be viewed electronically on computers, televisions and other devices.
The market for such digital tools is expected to grow 50 percent a year in the next five years and reach $1 billion by 1995, according to one analyst.
Aldus bought the Company of Science and Art, also known as CoSA, for $1.6 million …