Name: Autodesk Maya
Version: 2017 Update 2
Released: Nov 23rd, 2016
Mac Platform: Intel
OS Version: OS X 10.11 or later
Processor type(s) & speed: 64-bit processor
Web Site: https://www.autodesk.com/products/maya/overview
A cross-platform and comprehensive suite of tools for 3D modeling, animation and rendering specially designed for game developers and film makers
Autodesk Maya is a fully-featured professional 3D modeling, animation, rendering and composing solution that provides a wide variety of features and dynamic tools to simulate fluids, cloth, particles and hair.
Moreover, Autodesk Maya is an industry-leading package that you can try for 30 days before buying. To install the Maya app you need to download the disk image, mount it with a double click and follow the instructions offered by the installer.
As expected from a 3D modeling, animation and rendering utility, Autodesk Maya's installation process is quite lengthy and it will require a big chunk of your Mac's hard disk space.
Complex and feature packed 3D modeling and animation utility
Autodesk Maya's interface might be overwhelming at first, especially for beginners, but you can learn how to use the app and how all features are organized by following the tutorials offered on the developer's page.
All visual elements like animation, surfaces, polygons or dynamics can be accessed via tabs, while more advanced editing features are available in the Attribute Editor panel. Additionally, From the Timeline you will be able to animate and manage the evolution of your modelling project with just a few mouse clicks.
Very simple to script and a vast array of tools for effortless design automation
Thanks to Autodesk Maya's open architecture, the embedded scripting languages (C++, Python and MEL), along with the comprehensive Application Programming Interface, you will be able to create custom tools and script or program your work.
Professional users will be able to enjoy a smooth and fluid experience when it comes to animation as long as they have the appropriate rig.
Provides you with a streamlined design workflow and easy to access on-screen drawing tools
In addition, The Grease Pencil allows you to draw directly onto the screen. This features comes in handy when you have to draw on frames, outline animated sequences and more.
If you enable the Modelling Toolkit you will have quick and easy access to handy features in the right-hand panel without having to search through the menus for the desired tool.
Comprehensive and state-of-the-art 3D designer, animator and renderer app for your Mac
As an extra advantage, the Autodesk Maya application enables you to fully preview your work in real-time and visualize your models before rendering and exporting them.
To conclude, Autodesk Maya is a powerful and well-designed animation, composing, rendering and modeling utility created to provide you with all the tools and features required by professional film makers, game developers and graphic designers.
What’s new in Autodesk Maya 2018.1
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