Autodesk releases Maya 8 for Mac OS X

Autodesk Maya 8 Complete and Unlimited are available for Mac OS X, Windows 32-bit and 64-bit, and Linux 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems.

Software
Requires a 32-bit operating system from:
• Apple Mac OS X 10.4.6
• Microsoft Windows XP Professional (service pack 2 or higher)
• Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0 WS
• SUSE Linux 10.0
• Fedora Core 4

Requires a 64-bit operating system from:
• Microsoft Windows XP x64 Edition (service pack 2 or higher)
• Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0 WS
• SUSE Linux 10.0
• Fedora Core 4

Requires one of the following web browsers:
• Apple Safari
• Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher
• Netscape 7 or higher
• Firefox

Hardware
Minimum requirements for 32-bit versions:
• Macintosh: Power Mac G5
• Windows: Intel Pentium IV or higher, AMD Athlon processor
• 1GB RAM
• CD-ROM Drive
• Hardware-accelerated OpenGL graphics card
• 3-button mouse with mouse driver software
• 450 MB of hard disk space

Minimum requirements for 64-bit version:
• Windows: Intel EM64T, AMD Athlon 64, AMD Opteron® processor
• 1GB RAM
• CD-ROM Drive
• Hardware-accelerated OpenGL graphics card
• 3-button mouse with mouse driver software
• 450 MB of hard disk space

More info here.

21 Comments

  1. I’ll bet the announcement for Universal will happen next week at WWDC. Jobs wouldn’t let Autodesk steal that thunder from him.

    Any news about WWDC, by the way? is it webcast anywhere? It should be a pretty big one, i would think.

  2. Tom– I hear that Maya was/is a service and maintenance nightmare. Which is why Apple showed no interest in acquiring it. Also there’s talk that Apple may be doing it’s own 3D sw in the near future to compliment the Shake component..

    But your right about autocad– they’re perhaps the worst possible suitor for Alias..it’s too bad..

  3. Let’s see… no 64 bit on Macs, no universal binary, and no really compelling new features (I was at the announcement Sunday)–sounds a LOT like Autodesk it doing its thing to Maya! What a damned shame too: it’s (or used to be) a really good program 🙁

    I too wish Apple had bought Alias to prevent this mess from happening. The old Alias folks are sad (they all look beaten), and the culture for innovation at Autodesk sucks. Sad times for 3D…..

  4. I know! I have a company that relies soley on AutoCAD and that entails PC’s. I have G5 iMacs as well for other things. I tried Virtual PC but too slow. I read somewhere they had a petition a few years ago to get them to come over. Baised on the signitures it was going to be over a million dollars of new revenue for them if they did it. How hard would it be to switch it over. I mean if Aspyr can do games with the amount of people they have then Autodesk surely can do it. Just my 2 cents.

  5. Tom Strong…

    Gotta agree with you there!

    AutoDesk is on par with Microsoft with their horrific, yet “industry standard” AutoCAD bloated kludge. Thankfully their total market share has been dropping steadily. I’ll stick with VectorWorks, thank you.

    Apple SHOULD have purchased Maya AND Alias to add to their stable of professional level graphics and media applications. Oh well…

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