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Alias Descends on SIGGRAPH 2004

Alias has unveiled its line up of events at this year's SIGGRAPH tradeshow in Los Angeles, California. SIGGRAPH 2004 marks Alias' debut as an independent company following the completion of Alias' acquisition by Accel-KKR and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan from SGI earlier this year.

Located at booth #1312, Alias will feature its full range of products including Maya, StudioTools and Alias SketchBook Pro. Alias will make important Maya product and service announcements, as well as demonstrate its latest software available for the Mac -- Maya Unlimited and Alias SketchBook Pro, along with the Alias StudioTools family of products and Maya 6.

The Maya MasterClasses will take place at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel (Hollywood Ballroom) Aug. 9 - 12, 2004. The 16 unique MasterClasses are 90-minute sessions exploring various aspects of Maya for the creation of films, special effects and videogames, with a special consideration placed on best practices. Industry experts presenting at this year's Maya MasterClasses include: Chris Landreth, presenting the making of RYAN; Adrian Graham, from Toybox, presenting Particle Instancing; and Erik Miller, from Digital Domain, presenting Hyper-Real Facial Rigging.

Alias research staff are regular contributors and presenters in the Papers and Panels session at SIGGRAPH. This year, Alias research scientist Jos Stam and collaborators from the University of Washington in Seattle have a paper presentation in the "Smoke, Water and Goop" paper session on Aug. 10 at 10:30 am. Stam, who holds a PhD from the University of Toronto will also contribute to the "Simulating Nature" course on Aug. 11 at 9:30 am where he will present the core technology behind Maya Fluid Effects.

Alias will debut many new Maya 6 Learning Tools at SIGGRAPH 2004, with DVDs and books available for purchase at the booth. The Maya Learning Tools are priced from $34. Some of the new Learning Tools available on DVD at SIGGRAPH will include MAYA 6 BEGINNER'S GUIDE BUNDLED WITH MAYA 6 PERSONAL LEARNING EDITION, DISCOVER MAYA | BROADCAST ANIMATION, MAYA TECHNIQUES | HYPER REAL FACIAL RIGGING, MAYA TECHNIQUES | HYPER REAL BODY RIGGING and MAYA TECHNIQUES | THE MAKING OF RYAN. Also making its debut will be the latest edition to the Learning Maya 6 series of books, LEARNING MAYA 6 | MODELING.

Alias develops award-winning software, custom development and training solutions for the film and video, games, Web, interactive media, automotive, industrial design, education and visualization markets. For more details, visit www.alias.com.

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