Toxik has had a bit of a tortured past. It was first announced at NAB 2002 as technologies Strata and Mezzo, code named Toxik during development, almost released as a product called mass, then debuted at NAB 2005 as Toxik. While the product has some strong features, it never really caught on, in large part because its development focus continually shifted over the years from market to market. Today at SIGGRAPH, Autodesk announced that it no longer exists as a standalone product.
Instead, it is now bundled as "Maya Composite" -- part of the new Maya 2010 from Autodesk. The new Maya release consists of only one version (gone are the Complete and Unlimited monikers) and includes MatchMover as well as the app formerly known as Toxik. The cost? $3,495US -- it's split right down the middle compared with Maya 2009 Complete at $1,995 and Unlimited at $4,995. Effectively you now get a compositor and match moving along with Maya for about $1,500 less or more than the previous full version.
With Toxik sales not going well (assumed), it makes sense to bundle it with Maya, as the Maya to Toxik integration has recently been a strength of the application, especially with the stereoscopic bridge between the apps. The installed base for Toxik/Maya Composite is now expanded greatly...in the hands of any artist at a Maya facility on subscription...so Autodesk is getting it in the hands of many more people. For OSX users, this also means that the release of "Toxik" will actually happen on the platform, though only bundled with 32-bit Maya 2010 as sad to say there is still no 64-bit version on the OS X platform.
For the complete press release from Autodesk, click through.....
One Maya More Value: Autodesk Maya 2010 Software Gets a Radical Makeover One Affordable Product Offers Advanced Simulation, Compositing and Network Rendering Capabilities
NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 3, 2009- At SIGGRAPH 2009, Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) announced Autodesk Maya 2010 software, which unifies the Autodesk Maya Complete 2009 and Autodesk Maya Unlimited 2009 feature sets with matchmoving, compositing and rendering capabilities into a single affordable offering. Maya 2010 makes it easier for artists, designers and 3D enthusiasts to create compelling entertainment experiences, stylistic designs and evocative digital imagery from photo-real visual effects to believable characters. Maya 2010 is available on Windows, Linux and Mac OS operating systems.
"Artists need more creative capability than ever to attract viewers' attention and engage their emotions in today's fast-moving, prolific world of digital entertainment and design," explained Marc Petit, senior vice president, Autodesk Media & Entertainment. "Maya 2010 is designed to provide that creative capability, making it easier and more affordable for artists to build a cohesive computer graphics (CG) pipeline-integrating 2D and 3D, simulation and animation, rendering and compositing-so that they can create innovative entertainment more efficiently."
Paal Anand, digital post supervisor for Bling Imaging and Maya 2010 beta tester, said, "Producers have become savvier with respect to computer graphics. They expect more work with additional complexity in less time than ever before. Maya 2010 gives us the total package to efficiently handle any challenge, whether it's heavy in tracking, modeling, animating, rendering or compositing. Maya 2010 simplifies the workflow by integrating all the tools you need into a ready-to-go pipeline to get the job done from start to finish." Hollywood-based Bling Imaging creates photo-realistic visual effects, motion graphics and animation for broadcast and motion pictures.
Maya has been used on every Academy Awardwinning movie for Best Visual Effects since 2001 and by all of the top 20 games publishers. In the past decade, Maya has become a creative tool of choice among many of the world's top production companies and has been used to help artists around the world produce unique and innovative entertainment experiences-from independent productions like Chris Landreth's "The Spine" to trend-setting visual effects blockbusters like "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."
Autodesk Maya 2010 Features
Maya 2010 has all the features of Maya Unlimited 2009 and Maya Complete 2009, including the advanced simulation tools: the Maya Nucleus Unified Simulation Framework, Maya nCloth, Maya nParticles, Maya Fluid Effects, Maya Hair, Maya Fur; in addition to its comprehensive modeling, texturing and animation tools, brush-based 3D technology, an integrated stereoscopic workflow, Toon Shading, rendering, an extensive Maya application programming interface/software development kit and Python and MEL scripting capabilities.
New features in Maya 2010 are Maya Composite, a powerful high-dynamic compositing system based on Autodesk Toxik software, which is no longer available as a standalone solution; Autodesk MatchMover advanced 3D tracking and matchmoving system; five mental ray Batch render nodes* and the Autodesk Backburner network render queue manager.
"I use Maya Complete in my day-to-day work and have always had my eye on Maya Unlimited," said Ivan Turgeon, Maya visual effects artist and Maya 2010 beta tester, Prairie Fire VE. "Now that Maya Complete Autodesk Subscription customers will receive Maya 2010, which contains the entire Maya Unlimited 2009 feature set plus mental ray Batch rendering capability and Maya Composite, smaller shops like mine will be much more viable."
For more information about the features offered in Autodesk Maya 2010, visit http://www.autodesk.com/maya.
Autodesk Digital Entertainment Creation Suites
Autodesk also announced the Maya 2010 Real-Time Animation Suite with Autodesk MotionBuilder 2010, as well as the Maya 2010 Entertainment Creation Suite with MotionBuilder 2010 and Autodesk Mudbox 2010. The Suites provide artists and production facilities with access to a more complete range of creative tools at more than 35 percent** cost savings, compared to purchasing each product individually. Used together, these products help artists maximize creativity and optimize productivity. "The Suites combine our most popular 3D tools at a lower price, providing greater creative capability and a more cohesive and efficient pipeline-so our customers can equip themselves with the broader, stronger creative capabilities they need to meet the challenges of these uncertain economic times," explained Marc Petit.
Pricing and Availability
Autodesk anticipates that Maya 2010 will be available in August 2009. Maya 2010 will also ship as part of the Autodesk's new Digital Entertainment Creation suites. The Autodesk suggested retail price (SRP) of a license of Maya 2010 will be US$3,495***. Upgrades to Maya 2010 from Maya Complete and Maya Unlimited 2009 will be US$895***. All Maya Complete and Maya Unlimited customers with current Autodesk Subscription will be entitled to the Maya 2010 release. The Autodesk suggested retail price (SRP) for the Entertainment Creation Suite will be US$4,995***. The Autodesk SRP for the Real-time Animation Suite will be US$4,795***.
The 32-bit version of Maya 2010 will be supported on the Windows Vista Business (SP1), Windows XP Professional (SP2) and Apple Mac OS X 10.5.7 operating systems
The 64-bit version of Maya 2010 will be supported on the Windows Vista Business (SP1), Windows XP x64 Edition (SP2), Red Hat Enterprise Linux (5.3 WS) and Fedora 8 operating systems
Autodesk Subscription is available for purchase with the product license purchase or upgrade. The Autodesk suggested retail price for Autodesk Subscription is US$595*** per year for Maya. Subscription customers have access to up-to-date software, learning resources and an extensive online technical knowledge base. For more information about the Subscription offering for Maya 2010, visit www.autodesk.com/mayasubscription.
*Requires a Maya 2010 network license.
** Savings based on USD SRP. International pricing and savings may vary.
*** International pricing may vary.
Autodesk, Inc., is a world leader in 2D and 3D design software for the manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment markets. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk has developed the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art Digital Prototyping solutions to help customers experience their ideas before they are real. Fortune 1000 companies rely on Autodesk for the tools to visualize, simulate and analyze real-world performance early in the design process to save time and money, enhance quality and foster innovation. For additional information about Autodesk, visit www.autodesk.com.
Autodesk, AutoCAD, Backburner, MatchMover, Maya, MotionBuilder, Mudbox and Toxik are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., in the USA and/or other countries. Academy Award is a registered trademark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. mental ray is a registered trademark of mental images GmbH licensed for use by Autodesk, Inc. Python is a registered trademark of Python Software Foundation. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders. Autodesk reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice, and is not responsible for typographical or graphical errors that may appear in this document.
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