Autodesk's Maya is a highend 3d package used on many feature films, games, architectural-visualisation and product design. Maya covers most areas of 3d creation and animation with the exception of digital sculpting. Maya has cemented itself as one of the top 3d packages used by professionals due to it's robust array of features.

In 2003, Maya (then owned by Alias|Wavefront) won an Academy Award "for scientific and technical achievement", citing use "on nearly every feature using 3-D computer-generated images."

Maya is built on it's scripting languages which means that it's easy to add tools without the need to know hardcore programming. To add functionality in the default program one can find a large library of user created add ons from communities like Users can install these tools without the need to learn any code.

Company: Autodesk
Focus: Highend 3D General

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Maya PLE is free and gives users access all of Maya's functionality, but it displays an annoying watermark over the 3d viewports. A great learning resource. Download it here .


The award-winning Autodesk® Maya® software is a powerful, integrated 3D modeling, animation, visual effects, and rendering solution. Because Maya is based on an open architecture, all your work can be scripted or programmed using a well-documented and comprehensive API (application programming interface) or one of two embedded scripting languages, the Maya Embedded Language (MEL) or Python®. This level of openness, combined with an industry-leading suite of 3D tools, enables you to realize your creative vision for your film, television, game development, and design projects.


Autodesk Maya


Maya will run on most of todays computers, Mac, PC or Linux, for full details go here .


Pricing depends on included features. these prices are dated from Oct 2008
Maya PLE: Free
Maya Complete (includes most features): US $1,995.00
Maya Unlimited (includes added features like fluid, hair, fur, nCloth etc) : US $4,995.00