Alias|Wavefront has announced a strategic alliance with mental images, makers of the world-renowned, mental ray renderer. The two companies will work together to develop a mental ray rendering option for Maya. "Image quality is a top priority to CG industry professionals," explained Peter Mehlstaeubler, vice president of product development at Alias|Wavefront. "With this priority in mind, Alias|Wavefront has pursued an aggressive rendering development path, one which will soon be expanded to encompass a mental ray solution. Our alliance with mental images will not only provide an attractive solution for current users of mental ray, it will also result in a valuable new rendering option for Maya customers." mental ray is a high-performance, interactive rendering software program which is the only commercially available rendering software that combines the physically correct simulation of the behavior of light with full programmability for the creation of photo realistic imagery. "We are excited to have Alias|Wavefront added to the list of companies supporting mental ray," said Rolf Herken, president and director of R&D, mental images. "A technology union combining Maya, the renowned 3D animation and effects software, and mental ray (our programmable, photo realistic, rendering software) will greatly benefit the computer graphics industry as a whole."