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New Autodesk Maya 8.5 3D Software Supports Intel-based Macintosh Computers
Universal Application Provides Greater Productivity and Award-Winning Creative Tools
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Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) today launched Autodesk Maya 8.5, the latest version of its Maya 3D modeling, rendering and animation software. Now shipping, Maya 8.5 is available for Intel-based Macintosh computers. The software enables faster completion of complex animation and simulation tasks, giving artists enhanced creative control on multiple platforms.

"Our goal is to give digital artists choice and flexibility in their 3D tools and platforms," said Marc Petit, Autodesk's Media & Entertainment vice president. "Autodesk Maya 8.5 is our first Universal application of Maya. This multi-threaded software leverages the latest multi-core workstations from Apple. Maya 8.5 equips digital artists with innovative new technologies such as Maya Nucleus, a unified simulation framework, as well as greater productivity." Universal applications are designed for Intel- and PowerPC-based Mac computers, efficiently running on both architectures.

"Mac OS X is an outstanding 3D graphics platform, with legendary power and stability," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. "The combination of our blazing fast Intel-based Macs and new Maya 8.5 functionality, such as Maya Nucleus and Maya nCloth, makes it easier than ever for digital artists to realize their most creative ideas."

Maya 8.5 includes Maya nCloth, which is the first module of Maya Nucleus. With Maya nCloth, artists can quickly direct and control a range of simulations, including cloth, plastic, metal and other materials. Believable cloth-on-cloth simulations with complex cloth collisions, such as a cape over a jacket, can be created more easily. A unique air-pressure model enables artists to use any geometry -- whether a closed, sealed volume such as an inner tube, or an open volume such as a balloon -- to create an inflatable object with internal and external pressure.

Python scripting is also new in Maya 8.5. This popular open-source programming language helps accelerate facility-specific custom script development and plug-in prototyping, extending and automating Maya production pipelines. Python scripting offers a powerful alternative to Maya software's native scripting language, MEL, while featuring the same deep level of integration with the Maya command engine. Python scripting further augments the creative control gained with Maya Nucleus, giving scriptwriters the ability to efficiently manipulate, customize and automate the software.


For a complete list of new features in Maya 8.5, please visit
http://www.autodesk.com/maya.

About Autodesk
Autodesk, Inc. is a Fortune 1000 company, wholly focused on ensuring that great ideas are turned into reality. With seven million users, Autodesk is the world's leading software and services company for the manufacturing, building, infrastructure, wireless data services and media and entertainment fields. Autodesk's solutions help customers create, manage and share their data and digital assets more effectively. As a result, customers turn ideas into competitive advantage by becoming more productive, streamlining project efficiency and maximizing profits.


Founded in 1982, Autodesk is headquartered in San Rafael, California. For additional information about Autodesk, please visit http://www.autodesk.com/.

Autodesk and Maya are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., in the USA and/or other countries. Academy Award and Oscar are registered trademarks or the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Apple, Mac and Macintosh are registered trademarks or trademarks of Apple Computer. Intel is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders. Autodesk reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice, and is not responsible for typographical or graphical errors that may appear in this document....© 2007, Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved.

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