Alias|Wavefront will give the first-ever public demonstration of Maya 3 for Mac OS X at Macworld Expo, San Francisco next week.

Maya is a high-end 3D modelling and animation product. It's thought that Alias|Wavefront's decision to bring the application to Mac OS X will open the professional 3D graphics and animation markets for 2D Mac-based graphics professionals.

Maya is used extensively in the film, video, broadcast, game development and interactive entertainment markets. Alias|Wavefront announced its plans to port Maya to Mac OS X in May 2000 at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference.

At that time Apple CEO Steve Jobs said: "Maya for Mac OS X will be the premiere 3D application on the Mac."

Ship dates Alias|Wavefront's director of Maya Technologies Richard Kerris said: "We are very excited to be able to offer the Mac community their first glimpse of Maya on the Mac. Macworld attendees will have an opportunity to visit our booth and get an up-close look at how succesful the port has been to date. Mac users are anxious to get their hands on Maya as soon as possible – we'll give more information at the show about shipping dates."

The application will cost the same as Maya Complete 3 for Windows NT, Windows 2000 Professional and IRIX. The application is also being developed to work in conjunction with all major Mac compositing solutions.

Macworld Expo San Francisco 2001 starts on Tuesday January 9. Macworld will, of course, be there in force to bring you all the news as it happens – from new Macs at Steve Jobs' keynote to product launches and industry announcements. Go to www.macworld.co.uk/sf2001 for all the latest developments.