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Maya Personal Learning Edition to Provide Free, Non-commercial Access to Maya Complete

Registration is renewable annually (January 10, 2002)
Alias|Wavefront has announced it is developing the Maya Personal Learning Edition, to provide users of Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X with unlimited free access to Maya.

Maya Personal Learning Edition will give 3D graphics and animation students, current industry professionals, and those interested in breaking into the world of computer graphics (CG) an opportunity to explore the award-winning Maya Complete software, in a non-commercial capacity. Maya Personal Learning Edition will be available in February of 2002.

"For the first time in history, 3D computer graphics will become truly accessible to everyone," says Alias|Wavefront President Doug Walker. "CG professionals, students and aspiring 3D animators will be able to realize creative aspirations that might otherwise lie dormant. As the leaders in 3D graphics technology we are excited about engaging a whole new 3D community and equipping them with the tools, skills and support necessary to move ahead in the age of digital communication."

"Education is at the heart of ACM SIGGRAPH's mission and goals," says Judy Brown, president of ACM SIGGRAPH and a co-founder of the ACM SIGGRAPH Education Committee. "As an initiative that removes learning barriers and fosters the growth of the computer graphics community, Maya Personal Learning Edition contributes greatly to our goals."

Maya Personal Learning Edition
Maya Personal Learning Edition grants anyone with the desire to learn more about Maya, or 3D computer graphics in general, a free seat of Maya for non-commercial use -- registration renewable yearly. Those using the Personal Learning Edition will have full access to the toolsets of Maya Complete including NURBS modeling, animation, inverse kinematics, Maya Artisan, Maya Paint Effects, particles, dynamics and Maya's advanced rendering capabilities. 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. Moreover, Maya Personal Learning Edition cannot be used with industry-standard plug-ins.

Alias|Wavefront has also committed to supporting the Maya Personal Learning Edition community with a web-based user center. This center will provide access to learning materials, discussion forums, content exchanges where users can share work and galleries in which Maya Personal Learning Edition users may exhibit their projects.

Pricing and Availability
Maya Personal Learning Edition will be available for free download beginning in February 2002 at CD copies may also be ordered from this site at a cost of USD $5 plus shipping and handling.

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