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Alias Preps for 3December

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Alias Preps for 3December

Alias, maker of Maya and other popular tools for 3D animation and rendering, has announced plans for 3December 2005, the 7th annual global celebration of 3D computer graphics. Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, London, New York and Los Angeles will be among 20 cities hosting special free events geared toward entertainment and design experts, enthusiasts and students during this year’s edition, which will launch an online component.

“With 3December events launching in cities around the world once again this year, Alias is proud to provide a creative outlet for showcasing how our remarkable customers are making their dreams come to life,” says Bill Coleman, director of global marketing at Alias. “It is incredible that from its inception, our users have evolved 3December from one small event in Amsterdam to a global celebration’a true testament to the strength of our 3D community.”

For those who cannot attend the various live events, there’s 3December Online. Interested parties can log on to check out videos of customer presentations and testimonials; previews of LearningTools with author interviews; free downloads such as screensavers, Alias Personal Learning Edition (PLE) software and motion data; ‘Behind the Screenz’ project profiles and tutorials; a user gallery featuring a submissions contest; Alias software demos and an online forum. The site launches on Dec. 3 and will be available for the entire month of December with content updated weekly.

Also during the month of December, Alias will be offering its Alias MasterClasses in key cities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. These short-format lectures taught by industry experts and Alias product specialists are aimed at the intermediate to advanced software user and are designed to help solve production challenges using Maya, Alias MotionBuilder and Alias StudioTools. Seminars covering a wide range of topics, techniques and workflows will be offered in Paris, London, Copenhagen, Atlanta, San Francisco, Detroit, Milwaukee, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. For more information on MasterClasses, go to

To register to attend a 3December event in any of the host cities, or to receive further information on programming, go to Sponsors of 3December are Hewlett-Packard Co., Intel Corp. and ATI Technologies Inc.

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