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  12 December 2009
Qualifications for educational software prices.

Maybe this should be more for debate,

But shouldn't any type of learning qualify you for an educational package of 3d software. I like most of what I see in gnomon's video section, so much so, that I am thinking about subscribing for the 500 1 year deal.

I was just curious if anyone had used learning like this as a way to get software at educational prices. I want to learn maya but I can't afford to drop 4k to "learn" the software,nor can I afford 20k+ for an educational "program".

What I am really looking for is a way to learn maya without having to resort to getting a cracked copy off the internet that may lack features or content I need from the full version.
I can afford the educational prices of software but it seems you need to be in a 20,000 dollar program to get those prices.

Any insight?
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  12 December 2009
I'm trying to remember what the website was called, but there are places online where you can buy copies of Maya and other expensive software for a much smaller fee. They basically give you the full software, but with an educational license. As far as I'm aware they are legitimate - I haven't tried myself since I have access to the software at school. Perhaps someone else can enlighten this post?

Here's a quick search result, you might have to call them and explain your situation to them. Having the gnomon school proof would certainly make things go smoother.

http://www.studica.com/products/pro...odesk-Maya-2010
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  12 December 2009
www.journeyed.com
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  12 December 2009
It bears mentioning that Maya, among other packages, has a Personal Learning Edition available free of charge.

As for qualifying for education licenses, I believe that even enrollment at a community college would be sufficient. Journeyed merely requested a scan of my student I.D. for verification of my enrollment. They did not specify that I had to be enrolled in a visual effects or animation program (though I was).
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  12 December 2009
fxphd mentioned that they were working with Journeyed and Escape Studios to offer educational pricing to their students.
 
  12 December 2009
Originally Posted by Midgardsormr: It bears mentioning that Maya, among other packages, has a Personal Learning Edition available free of charge.


PLE is dead and gone :(

Autodesk however have released Softimage Mod Tool which includes ICE and FXTree!
http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servle...112&id=13571320

Houdini from Sidefx.com has an HD version that is $99 to anyone.
http://www.sidefx.com/index.php?opt...sk=view&id=1002
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  12 December 2009
I did not know that. I wonder if that's boosted their education license sales or simply cut off potential users? I'm not sure I'd have purchased my edu license if I hadn't already gotten a head start with the PLE. I'm just one data point, though.
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  12 December 2009
PLE was replaced with a 30-day trial of Maya (Unlimited) at the end of last year.


Originally Posted by Midgardsormr: I did not know that. I wonder if that's boosted their education license sales or simply cut off potential users? I'm not sure I'd have purchased my edu license if I hadn't already gotten a head start with the PLE. I'm just one data point, though.
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