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New Platinum/Silver Membership Features Updated for Maya 6.5

Alias released full details of their updated Maya Platinum and Silver Membership Services Programs. Originally launched at SIGGRAPH 2004, the Membership Services Programs replace the previous Full Annual Maintenance Program. The new features are available immediately and launch in conjunction with the availability of Maya 6.5.

The Maya Platinum Membership Services Program enables Alias customers to maximize their investment by gaining priority access to all Maya software upgrades, world-class live and online technical support and unparalleled licensing flexibility. The Maya Silver Membership Services Program empowers artists, Maya Personal Learning Edition users, educators, students and 3D enthusiasts to learn more about Maya through access to online learning resources, Maya expert weblogs, discussion forums and more.

"Our new program significantly expands the features and benefits of becoming a Maya Platinum or Silver member and provides much more value to our customers," explained Cristi Hawtin, memberships product manager, Alias.

New Platinum features include:* Improved Alias Insider Case Management with automated bug reporting and super user access* Hotline hours expand to 18 hours of availability per day on weekdays * Improved response and resolution times* One hour of personal training via phone call with an Alias expert support engineer (must be redeemed by June 2005)

New Silver features include:* Free downloadable Learning Tools * Access to weblogs hosted by Maya experts such as Alias' own principal scientist, Duncan Brinsmead* Textures and shaders database with high-resolution tillable textures that are production ready

Platinum Membership begins at $1,299 with Silver Membership available to purchase either monthly for $19.95 or annually for $149.

As a leading innovator of 3D graphics technology, 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. Alias is headquartered in Toronto with a Custom Development Center in Santa Barbara and offices worldwide.