Alias | Wavefront announced the release of Maya 5 over the weekend at the meeting of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) in Las Vegas. Set to ship in May, the latest version of the Oscar-winning 3D software will include new fur clumping capabilities and new wakes and ponds features in Maya Fluid Effects.
Maya 5 now boasts four distinctive options for rendering the Maya software renderer, mental ray for Maya, a new Vector Renderer and a Hardware Renderer allowing users to choose the image creation method according to the task at hand, whether it be a photorealistic design visualization or a toon-shaded Macromedia Flash Vector graphic for the web. As of Maya 5, all rendering options are unified through a consistent rendering user interface and workflow.
In addition, Maya Paint Effects can now be drawn as, or converted to, polygons. This latest advance enables Maya Paint Effects to be edited with regular polygon tools and output to other renderers, including mental ray. Also, a new thin line brush mode in Maya Paint Effects brings multi-streaked realistic hair within reach. Well over a hundred new preset brushes lend further artistic possibilities to the user. Another first is the inclusion of a free Maya Learning Tool DVD in every box of Maya software.
Maya Complete for the Windows, IRIX, Linux and Mac OS X operating systems, is priced at $1,999 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 Unlimited for the Windows, IRIX and Linux operating systems, is priced at $6,999* and includes all features in Maya Complete along with Maya Fluid Effects, Maya Fur, Maya Cloth and Maya Live. Maya will be available to purchase in May 2003 through the Alias | Wavefront network of authorized resellers or online at: http://www.aliaswavefront.com