Alias has announced at Worldwide Developers Conference that its popular 3D graphics and animation software package Maya Unlimited is coming to Mac OS X.

Alias General Manager Bob Bennett referred to "overwhelming, consistent demand" from Mac users as the reason for the move.

While Maya Complete has run on Mac OS X since 2001, such add-ons as Maya Fluid Effects, Maya Cloth, Maya Hair, Maya Fur and Maya Live weren't available to Mac users until now. This put Mac-based Maya 3D artists at a disadvantage, because the Unlimited tools provide much greater realism and complexity than can be accomplished with the Complete package.

Alias' sales figures support the claim that there's strong demand for Maya Unlimited in the Mac market. A total of 29 per cent of Maya Complete sales in North America go to Mac users, and 20 per cent of Alias' Maya Complete sales are made to Mac users globally.

The company expects to ship the Mac OS X version of Maya Unlimited later this summer for $6,999 for the full version.