3D Artists Gain More Creative Control With New Autodesk Maya 8.5 Software

Introduces Unified Simulation Framework and Maya Python Scripting

Jan 15, 2007, 00:00 ET from Autodesk, Inc.

    SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autodesk, Inc.
 (Nasdaq:   ADSK) today announced Autodesk Maya 8.5, the latest version of its
 Maya 3D animation, modeling and rendering software. Maya is widely used for
 games development, as well as film and television visual effects
 production. Now shipping, Maya 8.5 gives artists enhanced creative control,
 enabling faster completion of complex animations and simulations.
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     "Autodesk is committed to making Maya the foundation for modern
 production pipelines. Maya 8.5 supports industry-standard Python scripting,
 offering improved workflows and development productivity," said Marc Petit,
 Autodesk's Media & Entertainment vice president. "We're excited to offer
 Maya 8.5 as a Universal application for both Intel-based and PowerPC-based
 Macintosh computers. As well, the software features innovative new
 capabilities for character animation; the new Maya Nucleus unified
 simulation framework enables interactive simulations while keeping artists
 in full control of the animation."
     Maya Nucleus features technology developed by Autodesk's Academy
 Award-winning* Principal Research Scientist Jos Stam. This unified
 simulation framework allows artists to create elements that interact, in a
 3D animation, with other dynamic objects such as fluids, cloth and rigid
     Maya 8.5 includes Maya nCloth, which is the first module of Maya
 Nucleus. With Maya nCloth, artists can quickly direct and control a range
 of simulations, including cloth, plastic, metal and other materials.
 Believable cloth-on-cloth simulations with complex cloth collisions, such
 as a cape over a jacket, can be created more easily. A unique air-pressure
 model enables artists to use any geometry -- whether a closed, sealed
 volume such as an inner tube, or an open volume such as a balloon -- to
 create an inflatable object with internal and external pressure.
     Python scripting is also new in Maya 8.5. This popular open-source
 programming language helps accelerate facility-specific custom script
 development and plug-in prototyping, extending and automating Maya
 production pipelines. Python scripting offers a powerful alternative to
 Maya software's native scripting language, MEL, while featuring the same
 deep level of integration with the Maya command engine. Python scripting
 further augments the creative control gained with Maya Nucleus, giving
 scriptwriters the ability to efficiently manipulate, customize and automate
 the software.
     Anders Langlands, R&D lead at The Moving Picture Company (MPC) and Maya
 8.5 beta tester, commented: "Having Python support available in Autodesk
 Maya means we can leverage many of our existing tools directly within Maya,
 rather than having to write glue code to bind Maya to our pipeline. This
 allows us to develop new node and command plug-ins in a fraction of the
 time it would normally take using other solutions." London, UK-based MPC
 offers visual effects and post-production services for advertising,
 television and feature film.
     Maya 8.5 is available as a Universal application release for Intel- and
 PowerPC-based Macintosh computers (announced separately), as well as on the
 Microsoft Windows and Linux platforms. The software includes a number of
 new artist-driven features and performance optimizations. For a complete
 list of features in Maya 8.5, please visit www.autodesk.com/maya.
     *In 2006, Autodesk Principal Research Scientist Jos Stam was honored
 with a Technical Achievement Award (Academy certificate) by the Academy of
 Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The award acknowledges Stam's research on
 subdivision surfaces and contributions to the motion picture industry.
     About Autodesk
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 that great ideas are turned into reality. With seven million users,
 Autodesk is the world's leading software and services company for the
 manufacturing, building, infrastructure, wireless data services and media
 and entertainment fields. Autodesk's solutions help customers create,
 manage and share their data and digital assets more effectively. As a
 result, customers turn ideas into competitive advantage by becoming more
 productive, streamlining project efficiency and maximizing profits.
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     Email:     shannon.mcphee@autodesk.com

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