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Alias Updates Maya Platinum and Silver Programs

New programs significantly expand features and benefits (February 18, 2005)

Alias today released the full details of their updated Maya Platinum and Silver Membership Services Programs. Originally launched at SIGGRAPH 2004, the Membership Services Programs replace the previous Full Annual Maintenance Program. The new features are available immediately and launch in conjunction with the availability of Maya* 6.5 - the latest version of Alias' award-winning 3D software.

The Maya Platinum Membership Services Program enables Alias customers to maximize their investment by gaining priority access to all Maya software upgrades, world-class live and online technical support and unparalleled licensing flexibility. The Maya Silver Membership Services Program empowers artists, Maya Personal Learning Edition users, educators, students and 3D enthusiasts to learn more about Maya through access to online learning resources, Maya expert weblogs, discussion forums and more.

"Our new program significantly expands the features and benefits of becoming a Maya Platinum or Silver member and provides much more value to our customers," comments Cristi Hawtin, memberships product manager, Alias.

New Platinum Membership Features
New Platinum feature include:
- Improved Alias Insider Case Management with automated bug reporting and 'super user' access
- Hotline hours expand to 18 hours of availability per day on weekdays
- Improved response and resolution times
- One hour of personal training via phone call with an Alias expert support engineer (must be redeemed by June 2005)

George Dechiara, senior technical director at Reel FX in Dallas, Texas is a Platinum member and finds features like the online Maya knowledge base tremendously useful for advancing his Maya skill set. "I'm always searching through the knowledgebase. Inevitably I find a nugget of information on how to do something new - the information is helpful, pertinent and it makes sense."

Freelance artist Hank Grebe, a Platinum member for more than four years considers his membership one of the key tools in his arsenal. "I work alone, so I need the membership program. With it I know that I always have somewhere to turn when I get stuck, whenever there's something I can't understand - the hotline is there - that's its biggest value."

New Silver Membership Features
New services for silver members includes:
- Free downloadable Learning Tools
- Access to weblogs hosted by Maya experts such as Alias' own principal scientist, Duncan Brinsmead
- Textures and shaders database with high resolution tilable textures that are production ready

Pricing and Availability
Maya Platinum and Silver Membership are available for purchase today.

Platinum Membership begins at $1299* with Silver Membership available to purchase either monthly for $19.95 or annually for $149.

For a full list of services for Platinum and Silver Memberships, please visit

*All pricing is in USD. 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 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, Pixar, 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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