Alias Wavefront har under NAB-mässan presenterat den kommande versionen av 3D animations och renderingsprogramvaran Maya. Huvudnyheterna i den nya versionen är förbättrade renderingsmöjligheter, utökat stöd för övriga programvaror. Programmet kommer att finnas till försäljning från och med maj. Prislappen hamnar på $1999. Tidigare versioner kommer gå att uppgradera för $899.
What's new in this version:
Make your production workflow more efficient with many fine-tuned features in areas such as character animation, dynamics and polygonal modeling. Improved online tutorials and user documentation will help new users get up and running faster than ever.
Unique image creation possibilities
Create the right finished look for any type of professional graphics project with new, or enhanced, rendering options available in a unified, consistent workflow: Maya software, Maya hardware, vector rendering, and the latest version of mental ray
More creative resources
Expand your creative potential with new features and functionality throughout Maya 5. Enhancements to Maya software's unique, brush-based toolsets bring an intuitive, artist-friendly approach to organic modeling and animation. New data export formats include Flash? and Adobe Illustrator. Maya Unlimited? artists can now create never-before-seen atmospheric effects through extensions to Maya Fluid Effects?.
New and enhanced import/export options
Enhanced and new file formats let you transfer data between Maya and other applications. Newly supported file formats include: Flash?, DWG, Adobe Illustrator, Encapsulated PostScript and Scalable Vector Graphics. Enhanced support has been added for DXF,IGES, OpenFlight?, StudioTools? and OBJ.
Even greater extensibility
Access more of Maya software's features and toolsets in the Maya API such as high level polygon operations and complete access to the rendering framework -- including the ability to integrate a new renderer.
The core features of the OS X version of Maya are the same as those in the version of Maya Complete 3 for Windows NT, Windows 2000 Professional and IRIX, except for features specific to an operating system.
Maya on the Mac is designed to work with all other Macintosh applications and therefore lets you use any of the Macintosh-based compositing solutions.