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Getting Started in 3D with Maya by Adam Watkins

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CHAPTER 2

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Maya Philosophy

 

 

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.

A Bit of History

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 ...

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