Maya is currently owned by the behemoth of the 3D world — Autodesk. They have owned Maya since 2005, and few 3D softwares have as deep a market penetration or as wide a name recognition. At a recent presentation that I gave at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, there were two pieces of 3D software that this group of nuclear scientists had heard of, Blender (a free open-source competitor) and Maya. None of the other 3D competitors were even on their radar.
This wasn’t always so. Maya began as part of Alias Research, Inc. that ironically was first developed for the Mac. The code was ported to IRIX ...