By Michael Burns | on March 12, 2007
Price When Reviewed: 1449 . 599 . 4899 . 849
Pros: Nucleus unified simulation framework and nCloth module. Intel Mac support. Python scripting. Extensive new Mental Ray shaders. Useful modelling enhancements.
Cons: Nucleus and nCloth are available in the much more expensive Unlimited version only. Most systems can handle the basic Nucleus functionality, but advanced simulations will require beefier machines.
This upgrade follows hot on the heels of Maya 8, and adds native compatibility with Intel Macs. However, it’s more than just a compatibility fix – the update adds a lot of new features, too, particularly in the field of simulations.
New advances are based around a unified simulation framework called Maya Nucleus. This is a linked particle system that allows simultaneous interactive simulations acting on a variety of dynamic objects. All of your simulations can affect each other and can be affected by the same forces and constraints, such as wind and gravity.