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Autodesk Maya
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Overall 8
8.0

Autodesk Maya 2010 review

Digital Arts
9 February 2015
  • Excerpt: Maya is one of the biggest guns in the Autodesk media and entertainment arsenal. It’s used on almost every feature film and most TV series to create visual effects and animation.
  • Pros: pros: Toxik and Matchmover for comprehensive CG pipeline; stereoscopic workflow; mocap and nParticles in Visor; expression-driven animation layers.
  • Cons: Limited range of new features; Unified suite expensive for entry level users; Toxik needs facelift; more expensive for UK users.
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Overall 8
8.0

Autodesk Maya 2011 review

Digital Arts
9 February 2015
  • Excerpt: Maya 2011 delivers important performance and workflow improvements including 64-bit support for Mac OS X. With 64-bit support Mac users can access valuable computing resources and take advantage of the performance improvements available in this release.
  • Pros: 64-bit support Mac for Mac OS X, improved performance and productivity, enhanced character animation, new Camera Sequencer, and updated dynamics.
  • Cons: Comparatively expensive, steep learning curve, needs better 3D painting system.
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

Good Gear Guide.au
2 March 2011
  • Summary: Those starting from scratch with this complex suite of tools will face a steep learning curve, so a printed manual or learning reference would be a welcome addition for the price. However, the online help does seem more detailed with this version.
  • Pros: New polygon modelling tools; character animation and skinning enhancement; new nCloth capabilities; mental ray 3.6; Windows Vista support; improved hardware rendering
  • Cons: Fairly steep learning curve, relatively expensive, high system requirements
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

Good Gear Guide.au
1 March 2011
  • Summary: The new features make Maya an even more rounded and productive tool. The Nucleus framework continues to provide the wow factor – so it’s a pity it’s not available for everyone. As before, there are two versions of the software: Maya Complete and the more comprehensive Maya Unlimited (at more than...
  • Pros: Animation layers; nParticles and enhancements to nCloth; Soft Selection and other modelling enhancements; improved UV workflow
  • Cons: Nucleus, Fluid Effects and so on only available in the much pricier Unlimited version; no 64-bit Mac version
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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
27 February 2011
  • Summary: Maya 2011 delivers important performance and workflow improvements including 64-bit support for Mac OS X. With 64-bit support Mac users can access valuable computing resources and take advantage of the performance improvements available in this release.
  • 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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Overall 8
8.0

Autodesk Maya 2014 review

Digital Arts
31 December 2010
  • 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.
  • Pros: Industry leader adds scene assembly to reduce memory overheads; new Node Editor; Grease Pencil is handy for quick markups; new Paint Effects features; integrated modelling feature set.
  • Cons: mental ray is still slow compared to V-Ray; 3D Paint tool is poor compared to Cinema 4D’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 t...
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Overall 8
8.0

Autodesk Maya 2013 review

Digital Arts
25 September 2010
  • 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.
  • 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 2008 review

Digital Arts
12 September 2010
  • Excerpt: As with previous versions, Maya 2008 comes in two flavours: Maya Complete and the Unlimited version, which adds nCloth simulations, Fluid Effects, and Fur and Hair. Both editions ship with mental ray 3.6 and run on Windows XP, Mac OS X on Intel and PowerPC, Red Hat and openSuSE Linux and now Windows...
  • Pros: New polygon modelling tools. Character animation and skinning enhancement. New nCloth capabilities. mental ray 3.6. Windows Vista support. Improved hardware rendering.
  • Cons: Fairly steep learning curve. Relatively expensive. High system requirements.
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Overall 8
8.0

Autodesk Maya 2009 review

Digital Arts
10 July 2010
  • Excerpt: Maya celebrates its tenth anniversary with the 2009 release, an event marked by enhancements across the board. Although some of these have popped up in other Autodesk tools before now.
  • Pros: Animation layers; nParticles and enhancements to nCloth; Soft Selection and other modelling enhancements; improved UV workflow.
  • Cons: Nucleus, Fluid Effects and so on only available in the much pricier Unlimited version; no 64-bit Mac version.
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Overall 6
6.0

Autodesk Maya Unlimited 2009 review

TechRadar UK
4 April 2009
  • Summary: The Hollywood 3D modelling program undergoes a refresh but without losing it's complexity
  • Pros: Great effects, All-in-one package
  • Cons: Horrendously expensive, Complicated interface
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