updated 09:40 am EDT, Thu September 12, 2002
Alias/Wavefront today announced that it is shipping Maya 4.5 3D software for Windows, IRIX and Linux and that Maya Complete 4.5 for Mac OS X will ship on September 23rd. Version 4.5 adds "major technological developments" such as Maya Fluid Effects (MFE) and modeling improvements, the largest collection of API enhancements since version 1 and version parity with Mac OS X (both feature-parity and file-format compatibility). Maya Fluid Effects allows users to create atmospheric effects, thick, viscous liquids (e.g., mud, lava), pyrotechnics, and space effects. A new Ocean Shader allows users to create realistic oceans and the ability to create buoyant objects that react to the simulated water movement. Pricing starts at $2,000 for the basic version and $6,000 for Maya Unlimited.