Autodesk Launches Maya 8 at Siggraph
Maya 8 offers a host of productivity advancements, particularly for modeling and texturing. The Transfer Polygon Attributes feature enables modelers to transfer UVs, color per vertex (CPV), and vertex position information between surface meshes of differing topologies.
"This is particularly useful when working with two different versions of an object or character, e.g. one that is high-resolution and one that is low-resolution," the company said. In addition, new and improved workflows and tools such as Polygon Bridge, multiple edge loop insertion and enhanced UV layout help maximize productivity for the most common tasks.
Maya 8 also enables artists to better manage data when using multiple 2D and 3D packages within the production pipeline. The software offers application programming interface (API) extensions, enhancements to Autodesk FBX file exchange technology, the addition of interchangeable geometry caching between Maya and Autodesk 3ds Max animation software, and new interoperability with Autodesk Toxik collaborative compositing software.