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Alias Ships New Learning Tools For Maya and MotionBuilder

Two new editions now available for purchase from the Alias e-store (May 17, 2005)

Alias announced today two new Learning Tools available for purchase from Pipeline Techniques | Maya and Alias MotionBuilder and Maya Techniques | Maya Fluid Effects examine areas of Maya relatively unexplored by Learning Tool authors prior to now. Both tools further complete a full range of Learning Tools that offer 3D professionals, students and enthusiasts a collection of books and DVDs for self-paced learning.

"Alias Learning Tools are designed to compliment Alias' advancements in software development, and to encourage learning as the software expands to involve new features and functionalities," explains Danielle Lamothe, product manager, Learning Tools and Training at Alias. "The continual release of new Learning Tools reaffirms Alias' commitment to providing education tools for the graphics and animation community, supporting artists in vertical markets including game development, pre-visualization, film and broadcast, digital publishing and design."

Alias Learning Tools are authored by Alias software experts and industry professionals sharing projects and experiences at a variety of learning levels. Offerings include the Beginner's series for novices to beginners; the Discover series for novice to intermediate users; the Learning series for beginner to intermediate users and the Techniques series for intermediate to advanced users. Alias Learning Tools are priced from US$19.99* and are available at

* International pricing may vary.

Pipeline Techniques | Maya and Alias MotionBuilder
Pipeline Techniques | Maya and Alias MotionBuilder is authored by Marc-André Guindon, the founder of Montreal-based production facility Realities Studio. With experience working on a variety of projects for both film and games (XXX: State of the Union, Scooby-Doo 2 and Dawn of the Dead), Marc-André Guindon has established complex pipelines and developed numerous plug-ins and tools. Priced at US$ 69.99, the Pipeline Techniques | Maya and Alias MotionBuilder DVD explores the best practices for setting up a production pipeline from the early modeling stages through the complete production cycle, revealing the best use of the greatest strengths of both Maya and MotionBuilder. The DVD also provides scene files to assist with learning.

Maya Techniques | Maya Fluid Effects
Co-authored by Duncan Brinsmead and Neehar Karnik, Maya Techniques | Maya Fluid Effects is a DVD focused on working with and writing expressions - combining particle systems and fluids to produce a wide variety of effects. This Learning Tool, priced at US$ 69.99, teaches water related effects such as creating foam on an ocean surface using both particles and fluid, creating the most effective gaseous effects, as well as flames and explosions. The DVD also includes MEL scripts, sample expressions and scene files to assist with learning. Duncan Brinsmead is a principal scientist with Alias, creator of Maya Paint Effects, a radical brush-based technology in Maya, and Maya Hair, an advanced character creation toolset in Maya Unlimited, also contributing significantly to Maya Fluids. Neehar Karnik is an Alias Support Engineer with the MEL-API team, bringing his experiences as an Effects Animator/Technical director at Spin Studios to his role at Alias.

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(tm) 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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