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Alias/Wavefront Ships Maya 4 For Linux

Dec 06, 2001, 03:16 (20 Talkback[s])

TORONTO--Nov. 30, 2001-- Alias|Wavefront, an SGI company, today announced that it has begun shipping Maya 4 for the Red Hat Linux operating system. The version released today will give users access to the workflow and feature enhancements of Maya 4 with the performance, reliability and cost effectiveness of the Linux environment. Maya Builder, Maya Complete and Maya Unlimited, which became available on Linux for the first time this past March, have proved highly successful to date, particularly in the film/visual effects industry.

"Maya 4 on Linux follows only eight months after Maya's initial debut on the Linux operating system," stated Sr. Maya Product Manager, Chris Ford. "Interest in Linux continues to grow, especially among customers with large Maya installations, and this much requested new version comes in response to a huge number of inquiries. We are delighted to be able to make our Linux version of Maya current with Maya on other platforms."

The Moving Picture Company (MPC) in London recently used Maya for Linux to create shots for Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone. Says Peter Muyzers, CG technical director: "With Alias/Wavefront's port of Maya to the Linux platform, it was an easy decision for MPC to adopt the powerful, versatile Linux environment. Maya for Linux was the main drive behind this change. Now in the final stages of the transition to Linux, MPC is very pleased with the performance of this operating software. Packaged with the latest hardware technology, Maya for Linux is fast, cost effective and more efficient for our artists."

Pricing and Availability
Maya 4 for Red Hat Linux 6.2 and 7.1 is available at the same price as Maya 4 for the IRIX, Windows and Macintosh platforms, starting with Maya Builder at 2995 USD. International pricing will vary. The feature set of the Linux version of Maya will be identical to those in Maya for other platforms.

About Alias|Wavefront
As the world's leading innovator of 3D graphics technology, Alias|Wavefront develops software for the film and video, games, web, interactive media, industrial design, and visualization markets.

Entertainment customers include Blue Sky, Cinesite, CNN, Digital Domain, Disney's The Secret Lab, Electronic Arts, Industrial Light & Magic, Midway Games, Nintendo, Pacific Data Images (PDI), Pixar, Sega, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Square Co., Ltd., Warner Feature Animation and Weta Ltd.

Alias|Wavefront is a wholly owned, independent software company of SGI with headquarters in Toronto and technical centers in Seattle and Santa Barbara. Please visit the Alias/Wavefront website at www.aliaswavefront.com or call 1-800-447-2542 in North America. Readers in Europe can call +800 4125 4125 or 800 791 174 in the Middle East and Africa and 81 3 3470 8285 in Asia-Pacific for the nearest sales office or authorized reseller in their area.