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Alias Releases Maya PLE 5.0Free download version coming in the fall
The Maya PLE 5.0 offers most of the features found in the commercial version, including several new technologies, such as a new hardware rendering option for use with the latest generation of graphics cards; a unified rendering workflow; animation enhancements to constraints, forward/inverse kinematics and ghosting; Maya Paint Effects to polygon conversion; and an improved polygon reduction method for making game models and MODs.
The new version also offers enhancements to online help and searching, including a new Beginner's Learning Tool and an online user community center with tutorials, movies and discussions. And it includes a new guide called Extra Learning Resources and a one-hour introductory DVD.
The Maya Personal Learning Edition restricts users to non-commercial applications through the display of a watermark on images as well as through the use of a special non-commercial file format. It does not use standard plugins and does not include the Maya API.
Maya PLE 5.0 is available now in CD form for $19.95 for Mac OS X and Windows. (It's being sold through the Alias online store as well as at the Siggraph convention this week in San Diego, Calif.) It will also be available as a free download in the fall. For more information, visit http://www.alias.com.
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