Linked by Swami Gattas on Wed 16th Feb 2005 22:05 UTC
SGI and IRIX reports the immediate release of Maya 6.5, an award winning professional grade 3D Suite and a major part of the IRIX culture. Of interest is that this release marks the final release of the once SGI-owned software for Irix. It is sad to see the OS lose support as SGI has shifted focus to Linux.
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Re: Its not market share!!!!!
by Deadfish Man on Thu 17th Feb 2005 03:51 UTC

I mostly agree with everything else on your comment except this:

Why a compagny like Alias has ported Maya on osx? It was not just for fun, and the mac is now the plateform where Maya is the most sold.

While it is true that Alias recently gave more attention to its OSX version of Maya, it is hardly the most sold version comparing to any platform (Yes, even Linux). Please remember that even Pixar (which is owned by Steve Jobs himself) isnīt using Macs for their artists. They were using HP workstations, running Linux and Photoshop (based on WINE) and, in some cases, FilmGIMP (At least, ILM surely uses FilmGIMP heavily on their movies).

The OSX version of Maya, at least in the version 4.5, had a subpar rendering engine that wasnīt updated to the same engine used in their Win and Linux versions. Donīt know if this is still true. And by the way, I am not saying this out of my butt... This fact indeed was stated in one of the Maya books that I have. Unfortunately, I have the brazilian version of this book, but I can check its details later if you need.

Iīm sure that Pixar might change at any time (if they already havenīt changed yet) given that they surely can get the best setup that Apple can offer. But this hardly make the OSX version of Maya the most sold version of all times, despite the wonderful workstation that G5/Panther can be (And Iīm sure that it is).


DeadFish Man