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Maya's New Pricing Kicks Off Today

Alias|Wavefront also kicks off new licensing programs By Dave Nagel
Alias|Wavefront last week announced drastic price cuts on its Maya software. Those price cuts take effect today.

Maya is Alias|Wavefront's high-end 3D modeling, rendering and animation suite. Maya Complete drops from $7,500 to $1,999. Maya Unlimited will go for $6,999, down from $16,000.

Alias|Wavefront has been trying to expand the market for Maya for some time now, starting with the release of the Maya Shockwave exporter and Maya RTA for the Web graphics market and Maya Complete for Mac OS X in September 2001. This year the company also released a free "Personal Learning Edition" of Maya targeted toward students. Maya Personal Learning Edition, launched just five weeks ago, has had more than 100,000 registrations, according to Alias|Wavefront.

Maya Complete for Mac OS X still has not caught up to its counterparts on other platforms in terms of version number and features. Nor has Alias|Wavefront yet released Maya Unlimited for the Macintosh. So the new pricing primarily benefits users on Linux, Irix and Windows platforms. It works like this:

  • Maya Complete across platforms will sell for a flat price of $1,999.
  • Maya Unlimited will go for $6,999 for a node-locked license.
  • Users of Maya Complete on Linux, Irix or Windows can upgrade to maya Unlimited for $1,499 (until June 28).
  • Floating licenses for Maya Unlimited will be available at an additional charge.

New maintenance and upgrade offerings include pay per upgrade (version or product), free online support, single incident support and reduced cost "annual full maintenance." New licensing policies will also come into effect today which give Maya Unlimited customers with floating licenses the right to operate on any Alias|Wavefront qualified operating system at no additional charge.

The Maya Complete package includes modeling, rendering, animation, dynamics, Artisan, Paint Effects and Maya Embedded Language (MEL), an open interface for programming and scripting. Maya Unlimited 4 also includes Maya Fur, Maya Cloth and advanced modeling features. For more information, visit

Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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