Alias shared the keynote stage with Apple CEO Steve Jobs' Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday to announce that its popular 3D graphics and animation software package Maya Unlimited is coming to Mac OS X.
Alias General Manager Bob Bennett referred to "overwhelming, consistent demand" from Alias' Mac users in a statement as the reason why Maya Unlimited is finally coming to Mac OS X. While Maya Complete has run on Mac OS X since 2001, such add-ons as Maya Fluid Effects, Maya Cloth, Maya Hair, Maya Fur and Maya Live weren't available to Mac users until now. That's put Mac-based Maya 3D artists at a disadvantage, as the Unlimited tools provide much greater realism and complexity than can be accomplished with the Complete package.
Alias' sales figures back up the idea that there's strong demand for Maya Unlimited in the Mac market: 29 percent of Maya Complete sales in North America go to Mac users; 20 percent of Alias' Maya Complete sales are made to Mac users globally. The company expects to ship the Mac OS X version of Maya Unlimited later this summer for US$6,999 for the full version.
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