Maya (software)

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Autodesk Maya (pronounced /'mä-yə/), commonly shortened to Maya, is a 3D computer graphics software for Linux, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows, created by Alias Systems Corporation and currently developed by Autodesk, Inc. The product is named after the Sanskrit word Maya (माया māyā), the Hindu concept of illusion.[3]




Maya began as the culmination of three 3d software brands: The Advanced Visualizer by Wavefront Technologies, Inc., PowerAnimator by Alias Research, Inc. and by Thomson Digital Images of France. In 1993, Wavefront acquired TDI to reduce competition and expand their market in Europe and Asia. Two years later on June 15, 1995, in response to Microsoft Corporation acquiring Softimage, Co., Silicon Graphics Inc. acquired both Wavefront and Alias. The new subsidiary became known as Alias|Wavefront,[4] and in a similar fashion, the once separate trio of software packages were combined into one product, Alias Studio.

By the mid-1990's, the most popular pipeline in Hollywood films was a collaboration of tools: Alias Studio for modeling, Softimage 3D for animation and PhotoRealistic RenderMan for rendering.[5] Notable films that were developed with this system included Jurassic Park, The Abyss and Terminator 2: Judgment Day.[6][7]

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