Alias, at Siggraph this week, has released Maya 6 Personal Learning Edition (PLE), a version of the digital video animation software that's free for non-commercial use.

It contains most of the features found in Maya Complete 6, including new character animation technology such as Motion Retargeting and Motion Redirection, integration with Adobe Photoshop and more, as well as mental ray software and the ability to preview vector rendering.

The software also includes the Web-based Bronze Membership program. Maya 6 PLE is available as a 220MB download for Mac or Windows, or will be available exclusively on the cover CD of Digit 78.