Alias has also used its presence at SIGGRAPH to release
Maya Personal Learning Edition (PLE), a version of the digital video animation software that’s free for non-commercial use. It contains most of the features found in Maya Complete 6 — including such new character animation technology as Motion Retargeting and Motion Redirection, integration with Adobe Photoshop and more — as well as mental ray software and the ability to preview vector rendering, two features that are new to Maya PLE. The software also includes the Web-based Bronze Membership program, which offers access to Maya learning resources, and, in addition to the downloadable installer, is available as part of the US$24.99 Maya Beginner’s Guide bundle. System requirements call for Mac OS X v10.2.4 or v10.2.6, a G4 processor, 512MB RAM, 450MB hard drive space and a hardware-accelerated OpenGL video card.