I have been a Maya user for just over 10 years I beta tested it and have whatched it grow and now I must say I have watched it become very stagnate under the stuartship of the mighty Autodesk. I must say that after seeing the new features list of XSI 7, I think that this marriage is on the rocks my friends. I’m gonna reserve jugment till siggraph and see what Autodesk pumps out for Maya 2009. But if it is anything short of what has been done for XSI 7, Well I’m moving on. I’m tired of rendering being in passes being a pain in the ass. Yes I know there is the “Renderpass toolkit” But that is sorta hammering a square peg into a round hole. And it depends on shders from the ctrl.studio which are at best completley undependable when it comes to keeping things up to date.
And the new node based particle system “kinda like particle flow on steroids” and ICE dynamics systems just look too good to pass up.
Just getting tired of having to fight my application, and having to type expresions for things that I should be able to click thru or connect something to it.
I’m and artist not a programer.
If you work for Autodesk and happen to read this. You guys have till Siggraph to get off you asses and wow us or we are leaving you.