Issue: Animation - Jul 28, 2004


TORONTO - Alias ( will begin shipping Maya Unlimited for the Mac OS X operating system late this summer. The company is porting the entire Maya Unlimited feature set to Mac OS X with all the tools that are available to artists with Maya Unlimited 6, its latest version of the software.

Alias released Maya Complete for Mac OS X in 2001 and has seen continued enthusiasm for the tool on the Mac platform. The company reports that sales figures for Maya consistently represent 29 percent of Maya Complete sales in North America on the Mac platform and approximately 20 percent globally.

"Due to overwhelming, consistent demand from the Mac community we're thrilled to announce Maya Unlimited will soon be available for Mac OS X," says Bob Bennett, general manager, product management at Alias. "Combining Maya's most sophisticated 3D and special effects tools with Apple's advanced technology will allow Mac artists to integrate Maya Unlimited into their pipelines for endless creative possibilities."

Alias continues to provide updated versions of Maya Personal Learning Edition for the Mac platform, and in early June 2004 another Alias product debuted on the Mac platform - Alias SketchBook Pro, a consumer-priced sketching, presenting and annotation software that is now available for both Mac OS X and Windows platforms.

Maya Complete 6 for the Windows, IRIX, Linux and Mac OS X operating systems, is priced at $1,999 and, is available to purchase through the Alias network of authorized resellers or online via their Web site. Prices are list prices for node-locked licenses. Floating licenses for Maya Complete and Maya Unlimited are available at an additional fee.