Alias|Wavefront will give the first-ever public demonstration of Maya 3 for Mac OS X at next week’s Macworld Expo in San Francisco, according to Macworld UK.
Maya is the award winning 3D animation and visual effects software for film, broadcast, video, and game development. Maya’s technology has been used by such film and video customers as Blue Sky, Cinesite, CNN, Digital Domain, Dream Quest Images, Industrial Light & Magic, Pacific Data Images (PDI), Pixar, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Disney, and Warner Feature Animation.
A Mac OS X version is “a dream come true,” Apple CEO Steve Jobs said at the 2000 Worldwide Developer Conference in May. And at the conference, Richard Kerris, director of Maya Technology at Alias/Wavefront. Kerris joined Jobs onstage during his keynote address.
“Alias/Wavefront has received overwhelming requests from the Mac community to make our software available for the Mac,” Kerris told the crowd of developers.
In a press release, he said that, with the G4, Apple is delivering a “very impressive, powerful graphics platform, which provides an excellent fit for our world-leading Maya 3D technology.”
“We are very excited to be able to offer the Mac community their first glimpse of Maya on the Mac,” Kerris told Macworld UK. “Macworld attendees will have an opportunity to visit our booth and get an up-close look at how successful the port has been to date. Mac users are anxious to get their hands on Maya as soon as possible — we’ll give more information at the show about shipping dates.”
The application will cost the same as Maya Complete 3 for Windows NT, Windows 2000 Professional and IRIX. The application is also being developed to work in conjunction with all major Mac compositing solutions, according to Macworld UK.