updated 04:10 pm EDT, Mon June 28, 2004
Maya Unlimited for OS X
Alias today announced for the Mac OS X, as noted in our earlier WWDC keynote coverage. The company said it would porting the entire Maya Unlimited feature set to Mac OS X, including all tools that are available to artists with Maya Unlimited 6. "Due to overwhelming, consistent demand from the Mac community we're thrilled to announce Maya Unlimited will soon be available for Mac OS X," says Bob Bennett, general manager, product management at Alias. "Combining Maya's most sophisticated 3D and special effects tools with Apple's advanced technology will allow Mac artists to integrate Maya Unlimited into their pipelines for endless creative possibilities." Alias said that Maya Unlimited 6 for Mac OS X would be be available by late summer 2004.
Maya Unlimited includes special effects features not found in Maya Complete, including: Maya Hair, Maya Cloth, Maya Fluid Effects, Maya Fur and Maya Live. Maya Hair features a dynamic curve simulation engine designed to enable long hair to be added to characters. Maya Cloth allows animators to equip digital clothing to characters, while Maya Fur provides creatures with realistic fur. Visual feedback of Cloth stress, stitching options, easy manipulation of Cloth Objects based on geometry as well as extensive caching functionality speed the creation and manipulation of realistic clothing and cloth effects.
Maya Fluid Effects includes a true 3D solver and a highly interactive 2D solver that allows 2D fluid motion to be simulated in near realtime; Maya Live provides sophisticated matchmoving combining 2D live-action with 3D elements and also allows users to reconstruct live-action elements as 3D geometry plus output to external applications.
Maya Unlimited 6 for all platforms is priced at $7,000 and includes modeling, rendering, animation, dynamics, Maya Artisan, Maya Paint Effects, mental ray for Maya, MEL, along with Maya Unlimited specific features; Maya Hair, Maya Fluid Effects, Maya Fur, Maya Cloth and Maya Live. Maya Unlimited for Mac OS X will begin shipping in late summer 2004. Maya Complete 6, already available for Mac OS X, is priced at $1200.