Maya Suite 2011 another big step forward
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Maya Suite 2011 another big step forward


By Bruce Bicknell

You have to love the way Autodesk (http://usa.autodesk.com) has assembled all of the essential software in your creative pipeline into one package. Maya Entertainment Creation Suite 2011 (US$4,995) doesn’t disappoint and takes another step forward in creating a more seamless workflow for artists.

Packed with everything you need to create amazing animation, character models, rendering, and special effects, the Creation Suite includes Maya 2011, Mudbox 2011, and MotionBuilder 2011. There’s also a version of the suite that comes with Autodesk 3ds Max in place of Maya 2011, and you can purchase 3ds Max individually to fulfill all of your animation needs. With this release, Autodesk really stepped up the game with some great new features.

Maya 2011

There are a ton of new features and enhancements in all of the programs. While we can’t hit them all, I’ll touch on a few of them. The first thing that users will notice in this release is the new interface that includes new menus, as well as dockable windows that can be customized and moved to fit your workflow. The overall icon and tool placement is consistent with previous versions, so users will be familiar with them. This creates a more user-friendly workspace and is a much-needed improvement.

One of my favorite additions is the HumanIK retargeting solver that’s brand new to Maya 2011. This feature was previously only available in MotionBuilder and you had to jump to it in order to map or retarget animations between characters. Now you can do it in the program and increase speed and productivity.

Other new features include an improved File Browser which makes navigating much easier when trying to find files on your computer. There are some performance enhancements that are sure to get your attention as well. For you Mac users, the introduction of 64-bit support should get your attention. This will lead to a significant bump in performance for sure! A new interactive viewpoint makes frame rates several times faster, and nParticle shows an improved speed as well.

MotionBuilder and Mudbox 2011

Mudbox has to be one of my all-time favorite programs because it’s the ultimate sculpting tool. It allows artists to create amazing results with the only obstacle being their imagination. What really stands out on the new version is the ability to integrate other Autodesk programs effortlessly into Mudbox. You can now import models from Softimage, 3ds Max, and Maya with their weighted skeletons that remain fully intact with complete control in Mudbox’s posing system. Other features include increased speed with the posing toolset, plus a ton of new paint brushes and tools to help expand your creativity.

MotionBuilder has received its fair share of enhancements as well. It has always been a strong tool to have in your arsenal for providing real-time animation, and with this release Autodesk has made it even better! This will help with those large scenes and characters that have slowed down the process in the past.

Once again, there’s not enough space on the page to really explore the vast new features of the Maya Creation Suite 2011. The new features are another great step forward for Autodesk and you definitely owe it to yourself to check it out as it’s more than worth the upgrade.

Rating: 10 out of 10

(This review is brought to you courtesy of "Layers Magazine": http://layersmagazine.com/).

 
AAPL
$524.75
Apple Inc.
-6.95
GOOG
$526.94
Google Inc.
-7.87
MSFT
$39.69
Microsoft Corpora
-0.30
MacNews Search:
Community Search:

Latest Forum Discussions

See All
view counter

view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter

Suited Up (Games)
Suited Up 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Suited Up is a difficult, one-touch platformer that requires players to visualize each jump.The controls in Suited Up are simple, yet difficult to master. Tap where you wish the top of the jump arc to be and the suit does the rest.... | Read more »
MyTP One Mountain - Ski, Freeski and Sno...
MyTP One Mountain - Ski, Freeski and Snowboard 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: As real snow is melting away in the snow parks around the northern hemisphere, it's now time to show your skills in „MyTP One Mountain - Ski, Freeski and Snowboard" - the latest and greatest... | Read more »
Tank Battle: East Front 1943 (Games)
Tank Battle: East Front 1943 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Tank Battle: East Front 1943 is the third in the successful ‘Tank Battle: East Front’ series of games for iPhone and iPad, a game of tactical combat on the Russian Front during 1943. Fight as the Germans or the... | Read more »
Third Eye Crime: Act 1 (Games)
Third Eye Crime: Act 1 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: "You have to see Third Eye Crime" Touch Arcade"Third Eye Crime is unlike anything currently available for mobile devices in style and gameplay." Blast Magazine"The game looks like a Dick Tracy Sunday strip in motion"... | Read more »
Wayward Souls (Games)
Wayward Souls 1.00 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.00 (iTunes) Description: **Buy the game now at an introductory sale price of $4.99 USD. Every time we do a big content update, we will raise the price by a dollar. We plan to do several updates.** | Read more »
Leo's Fortune (Games)
Leo's Fortune 1.0.2 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0.2 (iTunes) Description: Leo’s Fortune is a platform adventure game where you hunt down the cunning and mysterious thief that stole your gold. Beautifully hand-crafted levels bring the story of Leo to life in this epic adventure. | Read more »
iOOTP Baseball 2014 Edition Review
iOOTP Baseball 2014 Edition Review By Carter Dotson on April 23rd, 2014 Our Rating: :: SOLID CONTRACTUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad The long-running baseball simulator returns to mobile with a much-improved entry in the series.   | Read more »
148Apps Live on Twitch: Soccer Rally 2 w...
Soccer Rally 2 from IceFlame Games officially releases on Thursday, bringing perhaps the most realistic car soccer action to the App Store since the original released. David Deacon of IceFlame Games will join us on our Twitch channel to talk about the game, how they tried to improve it over the original, and perhaps playing their game in real life... | Read more »
NightCap Pro Review
NightCap Pro Review By Jennifer Allen on April 23rd, 2014 Our Rating: :: NIGHT TIME SNAPPINGUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Taking photos in low light conditions has always been tricky, but NightCap Pro has just made it easier.   | Read more »
Plague Inc. has Mutated Yet Again – We’r...
Plague Inc. has Mutated Yet Again – We’re All Doomed Even More than Usual Posted by Rob Rich on April 23rd, 2014 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
All contents are Copyright 1984-2010 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.