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Chapter 1. Using Maya Well > Maya's Development

Maya's Development

Unlike our universe of illusion, Maya didn't just spring into being from nothingness. It was carefully designed by veteran software engineers to bring together the best of several earlier 3D products into a modern graphics product that could handle the demands of the new millennium's projects.

Maya's Roots

Nominally created in 1995, Alias|Wavefront really started back in the mid-1980s when Alias and Wavefront were formed. Alias officially began in 1983, while Wavefront hung out its shingle in 1984. Both companies were founded by a small group of people with big ideas about the use of computer graphics. Early players in the computer animation business, the two companies were rivals as they staked out their market niches. Although both companies began by pursuing computer animation markets for film and video, distinct differences appeared as they grew.


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