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Alias Launches New Maya 6 Learning Tools

Features an expanded range of topics by 3D industry leaders (July 06, 2004)

Alias announced today its full lineup of new Maya Learning Tools to accompany Maya 6, the latest version of its 3D animation and special effects software. Maya Learning Tools are books and DVDs that offer self-paced learning for 3D professionals, students, and enthusiasts. Alias will release dozens of DVDs and books in the coming months for a variety of learning levels including the Beginners series for novices to beginners; the Discover Series that has specific market focus for novices to intermediate users; the Learning series for beginner to intermediate users and the Techniques series for intermediate to advanced users. Maya Learning Tools are priced from $19.99* and are available at

Maya Learning Tools are authored by in-house Maya software experts and by industry experts who bring their real world projects to life within the DVDs they create. New to the Learning Tools family this year is a focus on providing self-paced tools for specific markets and for working with Maya software and specific graphics applications such as the upcoming joint venture book with Sybex Publishing titled, Creating Striking Graphics with Photoshop and Maya.

?With every new release of software, Alias focuses on quickly delivering self-paced Learning Tools for all levels of learners so that they can rapidly understand and utilize new features and functionality, says Danielle Lamothe, product manager, books and training at Alias. ?We then look beyond the basics and bring to the Maya community, Learning Tools that are for specific markets such as game development, print and publishing, product design, illustration, web design and architectural visualization.

Industry Experts Bring Their Projects to Techniques Series
One of the unique advantages of the Maya Techniques series is the opportunity to learn from some of the 3D industrys most talented artists through the presentation of their real world projects. A few of the 3D artists authoring new Maya Techniques Learning Tools include: Oscar-nominated animator Chris Landreth who will present Maya Techniques | The Making of Ryan; Jeremie Talbot from LucasArts presenting Maya Techniques | Character Articulation for Games and Erick Miller from Digital Domain and Paul Thuriot from Tippett Studios who jointly penned Maya Techniques | Advanced Character Pipeline.

Maya 6 Learning Tools Now Available

New Maya Learning Tools that are now available to purchase include: Learning Maya 6 | Foundation; Learning Maya 6 | Maya Unlimited Features; Learning Maya 6 | Dynamics; Learning Maya 6 | Character Rigging and Animation; Learning Maya 6 | Rendering; and Learning Maya 6 | MEL Fundamentals.

Dozens of additional Learning Tools will be released over the coming months with many new Learning Tools available in time for the SIGGRAPH tradeshow, taking place from August 8- 12, 2004. Learning Tools will be available to purchase at the Alias booth #1312 at SIGGRAPH. For full details on Maya Learning Tools, please visit

*US Pricing. International pricing may vary.

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: Acclaim Entertainment, Inc., CNN, Digital Domain, Disney, DreamWorks, Electronic Arts, Industrial Light & Magic, Factor 5 LLC, Midway Games, Nintendo, Pacific Data Images (PDI), Pixar, Sega, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Square 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. 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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