Montreal - A new version of Autodesk Maya Personal Learning Edition (PLE) software is available for download in English and Japanese at www.autodesk.com/maya-trial.
Based on Maya Complete 8.5 software, this Maya PLE provides free access to Maya 3D animation, modeling, and rendering software for non-commercial use by students, industry professionals, and others interested in learning the application.
The Maya PLE software provides an integrated learning path that orients new users and guides them through a series of documentation and tutorials. Beginners are also directed to books, DVDs, classroom training options, and events and seminars that can assist in their learning. Additional tutorials, as well as free shaders, models, and sample scene files, are available on Area, the Autodesk Media & Entertainment community portal, at www.the-area.com
The majority of features found in the commercial version of Maya Complete 8.5 are offered in the Maya PLE, including:
Modeling (NURBS, polygons, subdivision surfaces)
Character rigging and animation technology, including full body Inverse Kinematics (IK)
Advanced Maya Trax nonlinear animation editor
Full dynamics system including soft and rigid body dynamics
Complete particle system
Maya Paint Effects
Maya Artisan brush-based interface
Toon shading capabilities
Adobe Photoshop integration and Adobe Illustrator connectivity
Four renderers: Maya software, hardware, vector, and mental ray for Maya renderer
The ability to import and export FBX files to and from Autodesk MotionBuilder 7 PLE
The Autodesk Maya PLE is a 32-bit application that is available for the Microsoft Windows XP Professional and Apple Mac OS X (for Macintosh PowerPC or Intel-based Macintosh computers) operating systems.
For a freedownload of the Autodesk Maya PLE, visit: www.autodesk.com/maya-trial.