Autodesk has announced the release of a new version of Maya Personal Learning Edition (PLE), the free version of its 3D modeling and rendering software. The new release is based on Maya Complete 8.5, and provides free access to many of the major features of Maya for students and others who want to learn how the software works. It
Maya PLE walks new users through the interface and how to use it via a series of tutorials and documentation. It also directs new users to books, DVDs, classroom training options, events and seminars where they can pick up other information. Free shaders, models and sample scene files are also available through the Autodesk Media and Entertainment community portal, called The Area.
Maya PLE features NURBS, polygon and subdivision surface modeling tools, character rigging and animation technology,
Maya PLE is restricted to non-commercial use and displays a watermark on images and uses a non-commercial file format.
System requirements call for Mac OS X v10.4.8 or later.
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