Alias|Wavefront today announced dramatic price cuts off its Maya 3D software. Maya Complete, available for the Macintosh, will be cut from US$7,500 to $1,999; Maya Unlimited, the full-featured version of the app (not available for Mac), goes from $16,000 to $6,999. The new prices go into effect April 4, 2002 worldwide.
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Alias|Wavefront president Doug Walker said that up until now, the price of Maya has held back some users from adopting the software. On April 4, he said, that will change.
“The computer graphics community has told us time and time again that Maya is their preferred 3D animation package because it allows them to deliver the highest value to their customers,” said Walker.
The price cut news comes shortly after Alias|Wavefront began offering a free, downloadable version of Maya called Maya Personal Learning Edition. Maya Personal Learning Edition eschews the extensible architecture of its commercial cousin and uses a proprietary file format. It also watermarks files it creates. But it gives neophyte 3D graphic artists and designers and opportunity to test the waters with one of the best known 3D content creation packages on the market today. The company said that more than 100,000 users have already registered Maya Personal Learning Edition in the five weeks since it was launched.