Autodesk Inc. has unveiled upgraded versions of its 3ds Max, Maya, and AliasStudio Personal Learning Edition software solutions during SIGGRAPH in San Diego. The latest version of its software for 3D modeling, animation, and rendering, 3ds Max 2008 enables artists and designers to overcome challenges associated with large and complex 3D datasets. Autodesk Maya 2008 modeling, animation, visual effects, and rendering software focuses on providing improved workflow efficiency for artists in the film, television, game development, design, and manufacturing industries. AliasStudio Personal Learning Edition software, a special version of Autodesk AliasStudio 2008 that provides free access to the tool for non-commercial use, offers a custom interface and learning resources that allow industrial designers to learn the basic tools and techniques of AliasStudio.
Autodesk anticipates that 3ds Max 2008 will be available in English in October 2007. The Autodesk suggested retail price for 3ds Max 2008 software is $3495. The Autodesk suggested retail price to upgrade from 3ds Max 9 to 3ds Max 2008 is $795.
Subscription is available for purchase simultaneously with the product purchase or upgrade. The Autodesk suggested retail price for 3ds Max Subscription is $495 per year. Subscription customers qualify for access to the latest software updates, product extensions, and e-learning materials.
Autodesk anticipates that Maya 2008 will be available in English in September 2007. Maya 2008 will be supported on the Windows and Linux operating systems (64-bit and 32-bit versions), as well as Mac OS X for Intel-based Macintosh and PowerPC computers (32-bit version only). Autodesk suggested retail pricing is $1999 for Maya 2008 Complete (Standalone) and $6999 for Maya 2008 Unlimited (Standalone). The upgrade price from Maya 8.5 Complete to Maya 2008 Complete is $899, and the upgrade price from Maya 8.5 Unlimited to Maya 2008 Unlimited is $1249.
Platinum Membership is available for purchase simultaneously with the product purchase or upgrade. The Autodesk suggested retail price for Maya Platinum Membership starts at $1299 per year. Platinum Membership customers qualify for access to the latest software updates, technical support case management, product extensions, and e-learning materials.
Autodesk AliasStudio software is a conceptual design tool allowing industrial designers in the automotive, transportation, and product design disciplines to create sketches and 3D concept models digitally.