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8.0

Autodesk Maya 2014 review: Killer new features?

Macworld UK
2 May 2013
  • Excerpt: With Maya being an industry-leading, monster of a package, each year sees fixes and tweaks that don’t qualify for headline treatment yet, when discovered, have a positive effect on your workflow. That can be a good enough reason to upgrade if those headline-grabbing new features aren’t compelling enough. So let’s see what 2014 has to offer, starting with the scene assembly tools which allow complex scenes with large memory demands to be more easily managed.
  • Pros: Industry leader adds scene assembly to reduce memory overheads, new Node Editor, Grease Pencil is handy for quick markups, new Paint Effects features and integrated modelling feature set.
  • Cons: mental ray is still slow compared to V-Ray, 3D Paint tool is poor compared to CINEMA4D’s BodyPaint, custom HumanIK doesn’t support fingers, liquid simulations getting dated, doesn’t support fractions for Imperial measurements, Illustrator support weak, text modelling tool inflexible, modelling tools are better in both Max and SoftImage.
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Overall 8
8.0

Autodesk Maya 2013 review

Digital Arts
15 August 2012
  • Excerpt: Autodesk Maya is a huge, sprawling package that offers an entire workflow for the 3D process. However, some elements of it are better than others, with the modelling tools in particular, starting to lag behind, compared to both Autodesk and rival packages. Inserting an edge loop on a curved surface doesn’t automatically flow with the curve like it does in 3ds Max and Softimage for example.
  • Pros: Lots of improvements to workflow including file referencing and the new Node editor, animation gets bulked up with HumanIK enhancements, heat map skinning, bullet physics and Trax Clip matching, Maya nHair adds more complex simulations while display quality in Viewport 2.0 hits new highs
  • Cons: Lots of small bugs, some flaws in the modelling tools, cluttered viewport, very steep learning curve, mental ray is awkward to use, some camera issues, lots of minor workflow irritations compared to rival apps, no full screen option
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Overall 8
8.0

Autodesk Maya 2013 review

Macworld UK
13 August 2012
  • Excerpt: If there’s one software package any student aspiring to work in the visual effects industry needs to get to grips with, it’s Autodesk Maya . This huge, sprawling package offers an entire workflow for the 3D process. However, some elements of it are better than others, with the modelling tools in particular, starting to lag behind, compared to both Autodesk and rival packages.
  • Pros: Lots of improvements to workflow including file referencing and the new Node editor, animation gets bulked up with HumanIK enhancements, heat map skinning, bullet physics and Trax Clip matching, Maya nHair adds more complex simulations while display quality in Viewport 2.0 hits new highs
  • Cons: Lots of small bugs, some flaws in the modelling tools, cluttered viewport, very steep learning curve, mental ray is awkward to use, some camera issues, lots of minor workflow irritations compared to rival apps, no full screen option
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Overall 8
8.0

Debuting in Maya 2011 is the Camera Sequencer which manages multiple camera shots in an animation sequence.

Good Gear Guide.au
22 July 2012
  • Pros: 64-bit support Mac for Mac OS X, improved performance and productivity, enhanced character animation, new Camera Sequencer, updated dynamics
  • Cons: Comparatively expensive, steep learning curve, needs better 3D painting system.
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Autodesk Maya 2011 für den Mac

Macwelt
19 May 2012
  • Summary: Nachdem die letzte Version der 3D-Software Maya eher einer Zusammenführung verschiedener Software-Pakete glich, darf man gespannt sein, wie Autodesk seine in Film und Fernsehen fest etablierte Highend-3D-Software für das Jahr 2011 aufstellt.
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Overall 8
8.0

Autodesk Maya 2012

pc-magazin.de
26 October 2011
  • Summary: Was haben Gollum, Shrek und viele andere Film-Figuren gemeinsam? Sie entstanden im 3D-Programm Maya. Wir haben die im August überarbeitete Version 2012 unter Windows 7 64 Bit getestet.
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