If you are a Platinum member, you already know that 6.5 is available for free download. I'm grabbing about 1 GB of downloads right now (6.5 Unlimited for OS X, Windows and my Linux renderfarm). This will be a fun upgrade to propogate through to my systems. :curious:
Most notable addition: Mental Ray for Maya 3.4 with new network rendering capability called Maya Satellite. This enables up to 8 (Unlimited) or 2 (Complete) CPUs to be slaves to the Maya Master (while IN Maya) in rendering Mental Ray (that's right, no need to purchase extra licenses!!!). This is so key...but you need MR for Maya stand alone to render .mi files. Yay!
Enjoy your update folks.