These are special versions of Maya Complete and Alias MotionBuilder Standard that offer free access to the software for non-commercial use. Versions are available for Mac OS X and Windows systems.
"The feedback we've received for MotionBuilder 7 has been fantastic and we want to ensure that anyone who wants to get familiar with its real-time animation tools can get their hands on it," says Curtis Garton, product manager, MotionBuilder. "The Personal Learning Edition is going to allow novices to advanced animators to learn and refine new skills demanded by the growing animation industry."
MotionBuilder 7 PLE software offers almost every feature found in the commercial version of MotionBuilder 7 Standard, including: advanced real-time animation tools, unique story-timeline performance environment, auto rigging, motion editing, motion layering, and storytelling tools.
"Since we started offering the Maya Personal Learning Edition, hundreds of thousands of people ranging from those new to 3D to experienced 3D artists looking to expand their skills have been able to take advantage of a free and valuable learning experience," says Jill Ramsay, senior product manager for Maya at Alias.
"The skills gained with Maya 7 PLE are highly desired in the industry and for many people, downloading the free software and the learning materials that are specially designed to go with it is the first step in breaking into the exciting world of computer graphics."
Maya 7 PLE software offers almost every new feature found in the commercial version, including: Alias MotionBuilder full-body IK technology; new polygonal modelling and UV tools; specialised visual effects tools such as a new Toon Shader; advanced render layers technology; and faster, more seamless connections between Maya and other key products such as Photoshop.