Quicker artist onboarding includes personalized startup, new search feature, and an in-app interactive tutorials; update helps artists get up and running quicker and more easily.
Autodesk Maya’s newest update overhauls the user onboarding experience with improved and personalized startup experiences, interactive tutorials, and a comprehensive tool for easily navigating the UI.
“Redesigning the Maya user experience has been an ongoing pursuit to help improve onboarding, allowing artists to start creating projects faster than ever,” shared Autodesk experience design manager Trevor Adams. “Our goal is to help users feel oriented in the UI quicker, while learning how to find the essential tools within the first 10 minutes of starting up the program.”
New Maya features include:
- Streamlined Onboarding Experience: A personalized startup experience gets artists up and running faster, featuring a new navigable welcome screen that connects artists to learning content, communities, documentation, and recent projects.
- New Search Functionality: The new search feature makes it easier to find tools, commands, and scene objects. Artists can add personalized keywords to tools and commands in the search engine, allowing them to customize their workflows.
- In-App Interactive Tutorial: A new gamified interactive experience comes pre-loaded in Maya and teaches first-time users the basics of 3D and Maya’s UI, including navigating a scene, and moving, rotating, and scaling objects. Additional tutorials on modeling, animation, lighting, and shading are available for artists to download on AREA. Advanced users can also take advantage of a reusable framework to create customized interactive tutorials to share with new team members, students, and the wider creative community.
- Quick Tour Walk-Through: For more advanced users, the new Quick Tour provides a walkthrough of Maya’s most useful concepts and tools in two-minutes. Each step includes a link to detailed documentation, allowing artists to go more in-depth on features as needed.
Additional information is available here.