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Alias Launches Learning Maya 7 Foundation

First of Learning Maya 7 book series (August 01, 2005)

Alias announced today the release of Learning Maya 7 Foundation available for purchase at all major bookstores, online at and at SIGGRAPH from August 2 to 4, 2005. Foundation is the first of a series of four Learning Maya 7 books and it enables the reader to learn Maya 7 software quickly and effectively through content that focuses on the key tools and techniques of Maya. Completely revised for the seventh edition, Learning Maya 7 Foundation is based on a real-life production to ensure readers gain a strong sense of a true production pipeline while they learn.

Innovative Learning
Offering self-paced learning for 3D professionals, students and enthusiasts, Learning Maya 7 Foundation is accompanied with a DVD-ROM containing resources such as tutorial files and three hours of instructor-led overviews guiding each project. These resources provide readers with a feel for the entire production process as they work with the robot ?Blue from the award-winning short film Blue by Christopher Mullins. Every Foundation project is based on the theme and artwork of the film.

?With project-based lessons, readers will learn to model, animate, render, and add dynamic effects to their creations, says Danielle Lamothe, product manager, learning tools and training at Alias. ?With Learning Maya 7 Foundation, we retired all of our old projects and tutorials and started afresh. The combination of compelling artwork from an award-winning film, clear hands-on learning, and Alias technology is truly unique and valuable something only Alias could provide.

The easy-to-follow step-by-step lessons in Foundation teach readers about storyboarding and planning while they explore modelling with NURBs and polygons, animation, texture maps, visual effects and scene rendering.

A featured bonus of Foundation is the inclusion of a free, permanent version of Alias Sketchbook Pro software (valued at US $179*) to help further develop digital art skills. Learning Maya 7 Foundation will be priced from US $69.99*.

(* International pricing may vary)

More to Come
Other books to follow over the next couple of months and completing the Learning Maya 7 series include: The Modeling and Animation Handbook, The Special Effects Handbook and Maya Unlimited Features an excellent resource package for beginner to intermediate users.

About Alias
As the world's leading innovator of 3D graphics technology, Alias develops award-winning software, custom development and training solutions for the film and video, games, web, interactive media, automotive, industrial design, education and visualization markets. On March 1, 2003, for the awards year 2002, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded Alias|Wavefront an Oscar® for scientific and technical achievement for the development of Maya software, the professional 3D animation and effects package. Alias also offers a powerful range of services for new to advanced users in the most demanding environments. Learning Tools and training, support, and professional services help meet rigorous production deadlines.

Entertainment customers include: CNN, Digital Domain, Disney, Electronic Arts, Industrial Light & Magic, Factor 5 LLC, Midway Games, Nintendo, Pacific Data Images (PDI)/DreamWorks SKG, Sega, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Square Enix Co., Ltd., Warner Feature Animation and Weta Ltd. Design customers include AT&T, BMW, Boeing, Fiat, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Italdesign, Kodak, Kwikset, Mattel, Price Pfister, Renault, Rollerblade, Sharp, Trek Bicycle, Teague and Timex.

Alias is headquartered in Toronto with a Custom Development Center in Santa Barbara and offices worldwide. Please visit the Alias website at or call 1-800-447-2542 in North America. International contact numbers include: Northern Europe, Middle East and Africa, +44 (0) 1494 441273; Germany, East & Southeast Europe, 0049 89 31 70 20; France, Spain and Portugal, +33 1 44 92 81 60; Italy, 39 039 6340011; Japan and other parts of Asia Pacific, 81 3 5797 3500 and Latin America, 770 393 1881.


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