Alias/Wavefront Ships Maya 4 For Linux

Film/Visual Effects Industry Demands More Maya for Linux

TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 30, 2001--Alias/Wavefront(TM), an SGI (NYSE: SGI - news) company, today announced that it has begun shipping Maya 4 for the Red Hat® Linux® operating system. The version released today will give users access to the workflow and feature enhancements of Maya 4 with the performance, reliability and cost effectiveness of the Linux environment. Maya Builder(TM), Maya Complete(TM) and Maya Unlimited(TM), which became available on Linux for the first time this past March, have proved highly successful to date, particularly in the film/visual effects industry.

"Maya 4 on Linux follows only eight months after Maya's initial debut on the Linux operating system," stated Sr. Maya Product Manager, Chris Ford. "Interest in Linux continues to grow, especially among customers with large Maya installations, and this much requested new version comes in response to a huge number of inquiries. We are delighted to be able to make our Linux version of Maya current with Maya on other platforms."

The Moving Picture Company (MPC) in London recently used Maya for Linux to create shots for Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone. Says Peter Muyzers, CG technical director: "With Alias/Wavefront's port of Maya to the Linux platform, it was an easy decision for MPC to adopt the powerful, versatile Linux environment. Maya for Linux was the main drive behind this change. Now in the final stages of the transition to Linux, MPC is very pleased with the performance of this operating software. Packaged with the latest hardware technology, Maya for Linux is fast, cost effective and more efficient for our artists."

Pricing and Availability

Maya 4 for Red Hat Linux 6.2 and 7.1 is available at the same price as Maya 4 for the IRIX®, Windows® and Macintosh® platforms, starting with Maya Builder at 2995 USD. International pricing will vary. The feature set of the Linux version of Maya will be identical to those in Maya for other platforms.

About Alias/Wavefront

As the world's leading innovator of 3D graphics technology, Alias/Wavefront develops software for the film and video, games, web, interactive media, industrial design, and visualization markets.

Entertainment customers include Blue Sky, Cinesite, CNN, Digital Domain, Disney's The Secret Lab, Electronic Arts, Industrial Light & Magic, Midway Games, Nintendo, Pacific Data Images (PDI), Pixar, Sega, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Square Co., Ltd., Warner Feature Animation and Weta Ltd.

Alias/Wavefront is a wholly owned, independent software company of SGI(TM) with headquarters in Toronto and technical centers in Seattle and Santa Barbara. Please visit the Alias/Wavefront website at or call 1-800-447-2542 in North America. Readers in Europe can call +800 4125 4125 or 800 791 174 in the Middle East and Africa and 81 3 3470 8285 in Asia-Pacific for the nearest sales office or authorized reseller in their area.

Alias/Wavefront and the Alias/Wavefront logo are trademarks of Alias/Wavefront, a division of Silicon Graphics Limited. Maya is a registered trademark of Silicon Graphics, Inc., exclusively used by Alias/Wavefront, a division of Silicon Graphics Limited, and the Maya logo, Maya Builder, Maya Complete and Maya Unlimited are trademark(s) of Alias/Wavefront, a division of Silicon Graphics Limited. Red Hat is a trademark or registered trademark of Red Hat, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Harry Potter is a registered trademark of Time-Warner Entertainment Company L.P. American Television and Communications Corporation & Warner Communications Inc. Limited Partnership. Windows is either a registered trademark or a trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Macintosh is a registered trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. IRIX is a registered trademark and SGI is a trademark of Silicon Graphics, Inc. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. All other products or companies mentioned are trademarks or service marks of their respective owners. Alias/Wavefront, 210 King Street East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5A 1J7, Tel: 416-362-9181, FAX: 416-369-6140.

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