One Affordable Product Offers Advanced Simulation, Compositing and Network
NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- At SIGGRAPH 2009, Autodesk,
Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK) announced Autodesk Maya 2010 software, which unifies the
Autodesk Maya Complete 2009 and Autodesk Maya Unlimited 2009 feature sets with
matchmoving, compositing and rendering capabilities into a single affordable
offering. Maya 2010 makes it easier for artists, designers and 3D enthusiasts
to create compelling entertainment experiences, stylistic designs and
evocative digital imagery from photo-real visual effects to believable
characters. Maya 2010 is available on Windows, Linux and Mac OS operating
"Artists need more creative capability than ever to attract viewers'
attention and engage their emotions in today's fast-moving, prolific world of
digital entertainment and design," explained Marc Petit, senior vice
president, Autodesk Media & Entertainment. "Maya 2010 is designed to provide
that creative capability, making it easier and more affordable for artists to
build a cohesive computer graphics (CG) pipeline--integrating 2D and 3D,
simulation and animation, rendering and compositing--so that they can create
innovative entertainment more efficiently."
Paal Anand, digital post supervisor for Bling Imaging and Maya 2010 beta
tester, said, "Producers have become savvier with respect to computer
graphics. They expect more work with additional complexity in less time than
ever before. Maya 2010 gives us the total package to efficiently handle any
challenge, whether it's heavy in tracking, modeling, animating, rendering or
compositing. Maya 2010 simplifies the workflow by integrating all the tools
you need into a ready-to-go pipeline to get the job done from start to
finish." Hollywood-based Bling Imaging creates photo-realistic visual effects,
motion graphics and animation for broadcast and motion pictures.
Maya has been used on every Academy Awardwinning movie for Best Visual
Effects since 2001 and by all of the top 20 games publishers. In the past
decade, Maya has become a creative tool of choice among many of the world's
top production companies and has been used to help artists around the world
produce unique and innovative entertainment experiences--from independent
productions like Chris Landreth's "The Spine" to trend-setting visual effects
blockbusters like "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."
Autodesk Maya 2010 Features
Maya 2010 has all the features of Maya Unlimited 2009 and Maya Complete
2009, including the advanced simulation tools: the Maya Nucleus Unified
Simulation Framework, Maya nCloth, Maya nParticles, Maya Fluid Effects, Maya
Hair, Maya Fur; in addition to its comprehensive modeling, texturing and
animation tools, brush-based 3D technology, an integrated stereoscopic
workflow, Toon Shading, rendering, an extensive Maya application programming
interface/software development kit and Python and MEL scripting capabilities.
New features in Maya 2010 are Maya Composite, a powerful high-dynamic
composting system based on Autodesk Toxik software, which is no longer
available as a standalone solution; Autodesk MatchMover advanced 3D tracking
and matchmoving system; five mental ray Batch render nodes* and the Autodesk
Backburner network render queue manager.
"I use Maya Complete in my day-to-day work and have always had my eye on
Maya Unlimited," said Ivan Turgeon, Maya visual effects artist and Maya 2010
beta tester, Prairie Fire VE. "Now that Maya Complete Autodesk Subscription
customers will receive Maya 2010, which contains the entire Maya Unlimited
2009 feature set plus mental ray Batch rendering capability and Maya
Composite, smaller shops like mine will be much more viable."
For more information about the features offered in Autodesk Maya 2010,
Autodesk Digital Entertainment Creation Suites
Autodesk also announced the Maya 2010 Real-Time Animation Suite with
Autodesk MotionBuilder 2010, as well as the Maya 2010 Entertainment Creation
Suite with MotionBuilder 2010 and Autodesk Mudbox 2010. The Suites provide
artists and production facilities with access to a more complete range of
creative tools at more than 35 percent** cost savings, compared to purchasing
each product individually. Used together, these products help artists maximize
creativity and optimize productivity. "The Suites combine our most popular 3D
tools at a lower price, providing greater creative capability and a more
cohesive and efficient pipeline--so our customers can equip themselves with
the broader, stronger creative capabilities they need to meet the challenges
of these uncertain economic times," explained Marc Petit.
Pricing and Availability
Autodesk anticipates that Maya 2010 will be available in August 2009. Maya
2010 will also ship as part of the Autodesk's new Digital Entertainment
Creation suites. The Autodesk suggested retail price (SRP) of a license of
Maya 2010 will be US$3,495***. Upgrades to Maya 2010 from Maya Complete and
Maya Unlimited 2009 will be US$895***. All Maya Complete and Maya Unlimited
customers with current Autodesk Subscription will be entitled to the Maya 2010
release. The Autodesk suggested retail price (SRP) for the Entertainment
Creation Suite will be US$4,995***. The Autodesk SRP for the Real-time
Animation Suite will be US$4,795***.
-- The 32-bit version of Maya 2010 will be supported on the Windows Vista
Business (SP1), Windows XP Professional (SP2) and Apple Mac OS X
10.5.7 operating systems
-- The 64-bit version of Maya 2010 will be supported on the Windows Vista
Business (SP1), Windows XP x64 Edition (SP2), Red Hat Enterprise Linux
(5.3 WS) and Fedora 8 operating systems
Autodesk Subscription is available for purchase with the product license
purchase or upgrade. The Autodesk suggested retail price for Autodesk
Subscription is US$595*** per year for Maya. Subscription customers have
access to up-to-date software, learning resources and an extensive online
technical knowledge base. For more information about the Subscription offering
for Maya 2010, visit www.autodesk.com/mayasubscription.
*Requires a Maya 2010 network license.
** Savings based on USD SRP. International pricing and savings may vary.
*** International pricing may vary.
Autodesk, Inc., is a world leader in 2D and 3D design software for the
manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment markets.
Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk has developed the
broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art Digital Prototyping solutions to help
customers experience their ideas before they are real. Fortune 1000 companies
rely on Autodesk for the tools to visualize, simulate and analyze real-world
performance early in the design process to save time and money, enhance
quality and foster innovation. For additional information about Autodesk,
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