updated 02:35 am EDT, Mon April 19, 2004
Alias announces Maya 6
today announced the next version of its 3D animation and special effects software: Maya 6, which features significant advances in character creation and enhanced character animation functions. Version 6, now a Mach-O application, offers an innovative new Maya Hair toolset featuring a dynamic curve simulation engine; improvements to add digital clothing to characters and to animate creatures with realistic fur; an improved Smooth Proxy tool; performance improvements of up to 50%; better integration with Adobe Photoshop; and integrated web browser. Maya 6 will be available for download on April 26th.
Maya Complete is priced at $2,000 and includes modeling, rendering, animation, dynamics, Maya Artisan, Maya Paint Effects, mental ray for Maya and Maya Embedded Language (MEL), an open interface for programming and scripting. . Maya will be available to purchase in May 2004 through the Alias network of authorized resellers. Upgrades are $900.