Autodesk to acquire Alias

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    I don't think they could drop Maya without a long transition period -- too many production workflows depend on it.

    I just hope they continue releasing products for Mac OS X.
     
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    Isn't this the 3rd or forth time Alias is kicked around?
     
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    I don't like this one bit...

    It raises concerns of the best 3D platform for the mac being nixed... I also really like maya above 3ds max (just a matter of preference).

    now if they begin to make all their software mac compatible (come on autocad) then it's another story...

    we'll see. I have received several questionaires from them about buying mac products from autodesk...
     
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    If Alias was "for sale" why the heck didn't Apple buy them? Seems like perfect fit to me!
     
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    that would be my second question as i know autodesk doesn't make Mac programs (yet?)
     
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    well Apple does have Renderman (to an extent), that could be part of the reason.
     
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    I remember Alias announcing a while ago that something like 25% of their sales are on Mac. Autodesk would be stupid to discontinue Mac support, so I can only assume that the Mac versions will continue to exist.

     
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    I wonder what percentage of Maya users are on Macs. Personally, this does not bode well. Autodesk has remained steadfastly against porting any of their software over to OS X, even as numerous grassroots efforts have been made to motivate them. Perhaps things will change with Intel Inside™ (crossing my fingers).

    Maya is about the only really serious 3D app left on the Mac. I sure hope it survives a while.
     
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    Autodesk also bought Discreet, and they still sell Combustion for the Mac, so it's not like they don't have any history of selling Mac software. If this motivates them to better support Macs, then I'm all for it.
     
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    No, that would be a reason to buy Alias. Renderman and Maya are a good team.
     
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    They are still making CAD software.

    And it's a real loss that they don't support the Mac platform if you're into engineering, architecture or planning.

    Of course there are other CAD apps for Mac, but unfortunately, often AutoCAD is still standard.
     
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    That would be 3D for media, animation, and games...

    For serious Pro 3D (Solids) we have 'Ashlar Cobalt', 'Solidthinking' and 'Archicad'.

    Alias Studio (for Industrial Design) is not available on Mac.

    There are also other high-end systems on the Mac, suffice to say with Maya you can design a nice spaceship for a Movie, but if you need one that you want to actually fly into space... Ashlar Cobalt would be your choice.
     
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    Newtek's Lightwave is a great animation package and is used in many shows and hollywood movies.

    Here's a small list of some of the things Lightwave has been used on:

    Elektra
    Fantastic Four
    Serenity
    Sin City
    Mr. and Mrs. Smith
    Harry Potter
    and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    Hellboy
    I, Robot
    Spider-Man 2
    Lord of the Rings:
    The Return of the King
    The Matrix Revolutions
    Pirates of the Caribbean:
    The Curse of the Black Pearl
    X2: X-Men United
    Blade Trinity
    Monsters, Inc.
    Little Nicky
    Toy Story 2

    As for engineering, don't forget Pro/E and Solidworks - both PC only apps.

    As for Alias being sold/bought again so soon after it just changed hands can't be a good thing for the people working there. It makes me wonder why its been happening.

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    Weren't they the ones that, when asked if they were coming out with a Mac version, said something like "that is our #1 request, but unfortunetly we just don't think there is enough demand for it at this time". :confused: Maybe that was Intuit. Same principle. I keep hearing they're interested, and I'm sure they'd make a ton of money (they'd lose more by snubbing us), but for some reason it still hasn't been released. Maybe with the MacTels and if there are a lot of switchers.
     
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    I'm an architect, not a product designer. So your milege may vary. But you can't compare the market position and 'street cred' of Maya to Ashlar or Archicad. Yes, Maya is not a CAD program, as you noted, but it's still widely used in architecture because it can do fluid forms better than a lot of other apps. Maya, Form-Z, and Vectorworks make OS X a viable platform in architecture.

    You can add SolidWorks and Rhino to the list of 'serious' 3D (CAD) apps not available on OS X.
     
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    3DSmax for Mac would be cool... but they are more likely to swing the other way around: dropping Mac support for Maya...we shall see.

    How about Apple acquiring Autodesk now... now THAT would be a shake-up :)
     

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