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Mental Ray For Maya Is Now Free To 4.5 Users

Alias|Wavefront announced that it is now offering the mental ray for Maya plug-in at no extra charge to all Maya Complete and Maya Unlimited customers. The mental ray for Maya plug-in, previously priced at US $3,995 is available free to all Maya customers beginning with Maya 4.5. Maya 4.5 customers can now download mental ray for Maya 1.5 public beta at This announcement covers all platforms which Maya is available for, including Mac. Mental ray for Maya 1.5 is currently not available for Mac, but should be released mid-winter and will then be available as a free download from the Alias|Wavefront Website. Alias|Wavefront and mental images (developer of mental ray) say they are committed to develop and integrate mental ray for Maya as a standard rendering feature in future versions of Maya. Although Maya has its own built-in renderer, Shai Hinitz, Maya product manager at Alias|Wavefront, said the merger of Maya's internal renderer with the power and programmability of mental ray will allow Maya 4.5 users to instantly benefit from the photo-realistic rendering effects mental ray for Maya has to offer. "From now on Maya customers will get to choose between two of the industry's most powerful renderers," Hinitz concluded.