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MAYA 8.5 IMPROVES ANIMATORS' CREATIVE CONTROL

January 15, 2007
MAYA 8.5 IMPROVES ANIMATORS' CREATIVE CONTROL

The new release supports Python scripting, a popular open-source programming language that helps accelerate facility-specific custom script development and plug-in prototyping. Python scripting offers a powerful alternative to Maya software's native scripting language, MEL, while featuring the same level of integration with the Maya command engine.

Maya Nucleus is also a new feature in the upgraded release. Nucleus is a unified simulation framework that allows artists to create elements that interact, in a 3D animation, with other dynamic objects such as fluids, cloth and rigid bodies. Maya 8.5 includes Maya nCloth, the first module of Maya Nucleus. The module lets artists can quickly direct and control a range of simulations, including cloth, plastic, metal and other materials.

Version 8.5 is being offered as a Universal application for both Intel- and PowerPC-based Macs. It is also being released on the Microsoft Windows and Linux platforms.


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