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Pros: Maya 7 is a comprehensive update with wide-ranging improvements to just about every area of the program.
Cons: Maya is a serious application for advanced 3D work. As a result it’s a necessarily complex tool that casual 3D artists might struggle with.
A new version of Alias Maya is usually a significant event for the 3D modelling and animation industry. This latest release sees changes throughout, with virtually no major area of the program left untouched. Maya 7 introduces a host of new features as well as changes and revisions to existing ones, and includes some reworking of the UI and workflow.
Maya 7 now sports a small view-manipulation widget at the top right corner of the main view panel. This 3D compass lets you access all six orthogonal views and the perspective view without having to flip the layout between single and four panes.