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    Maya PLE Free!

    OK, a high-end graphics program has been released by the Alias company, a free download of their Maya 5 Personal Learning Edition - for non-commercial use.

    If interested, see http://www.alias.com/eng/products-se...le/index.shtml and sign up!

    "Maya Personal Learning Edition 5 Offers:


    A new hardware rendering option using the power of next-generation graphics cards. Get near software-quality images at often dramatically faster speeds.
    A unified rendering workflow for easy and consistent access through a common interface.

    Animation enhancements to constraints, forward/inverse kinematics and ghosting for added flexibility.
    Maya Paint Effectsâ„¢ to polygon conversion for a whole new range of looks plus more editing and output options.
    An improved polygon reduction method for making lightweight game models and MODs. "

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    Thank You!
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    I reduced the startup screen to fit here, but take a look. I'm a n00b to graphics programs.

    This one isn't like Paint Shop (though in the right hands I'd guess it could do similar things) - it's more like a virtual reality creation/rendering program. It will be a while before I understand how to really use it, just playing at this time.
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    Plus, it comes with a built-in tutorial to get you started. This is one program that makes me want to run at least a gig of memory. It doesn't seem to badly constrained (yet!) with a tbred at 2.5 GHz, but with "only" 512m on my rig I really can't do much else when Maya is running.
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    Whats a good prog to capture screen shots?
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    Originally posted by xcon
    Whats a good prog to capture screen shots?
    Hyper Snap DX5 :thumbsup:
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    where can i get hyper snap dx5?

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    For screenshots I use Windows Alt-PrintScrn and then pasting into Irfanview or xnview, both free. I used Irfanview for the SS above, saved as PNG files.

    Irfanview: http://www.irfanview.com/
    xnview: http://www.xnview.com/
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    ok cool, thanks

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    Another good program, one that's a free analog to Paint Shop is The GIMP. Linux users might already know about it, but there's also a version for windows.

    Linux (and general linkage): http://www.gimp.org/
    Windows: http://www2.arnes.si/~sopjsimo/gimp/#gtk

    Less daunting than Maya, and it also handles screenshots, but that's using a sledgehammer to swat flies
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    Thanks for the news sjohnson.
    ScreenPrint Gold is another nice free program for screencapture, can be found on download.com

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    If anyone needs some basic to intermediate help with maya, feel free to pm me.
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    PLE 6 is out.. If you google it you can find it. Alias doesn't have it on their web site. I got mine when I purchased a FireGL X2

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    lalPOOO, you think you could help me out with maya?


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    Maya is for 3d modeling/animation, i dont use maya, if you wanna learn 3d modeling it is ebtter to start with 3d studio max, it is more for beginners but it is still very difficult to use. I bought a book for it and i am pretty good at it now.
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    easiest way for screenshots is to hit printscreen and paste into paint. done and done

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    Quote Originally Posted by comrad
    Maya is for 3d modeling/animation, i dont use maya, if you wanna learn 3d modeling it is ebtter to start with 3d studio max, it is more for beginners but it is still very difficult to use. I bought a book for it and i am pretty good at it now.
    im currently learning 3d studio max, which book do you have? or which ones would you recommend?
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    I would also like to know what book your using as I'm almost done solving issues with dell on a new monitor.

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    sorry, i havent visited this forum in a long time. I use like 3 books, but my favorite is #d studio max 4 bible (i know its max4, but i still use that book) i also have books on max6, and 7.
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    Quote Originally Posted by comrad
    Maya is for 3d modeling/animation, i dont use maya, if you wanna learn 3d modeling it is ebtter to start with 3d studio max, it is more for beginners but it is still very difficult to use. I bought a book for it and i am pretty good at it now.
    3ds max isnt necesarily for beginners and is some ways just as hard as maya. 3ds max is the basis for game design so learn that if that is your focus. For beginers i recomend Cinema 4D.

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    The Link in 1st post no longer works. Is the free Maya 5 deal over?
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    Quote Originally Posted by `SippY
    3ds max isnt necesarily for beginners and is some ways just as hard as maya. 3ds max is the basis for game design so learn that if that is your focus. For beginers i recomend Cinema 4D.

    hmmm
    if you learn 3D gfx
    you begin with theoretic stuff and than with Maya / houdini / 3dsmax ...

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    A friend of mine jsut got Maya 7 full. It's the same, except it has water effects, no watermark on the rendered pictures, and some other things.
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    Just for some info Maya is just as easy to learn than 3D max, and Maya is capable of doing every thing from web animation to games and film.

    If your are goingt o learn 3d I would go with maya you have more flexability than any other 3d app out there, and not to say that other ones are anyless they are good. They are only as good as the person using them is.

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