Disclaimer:This thread is not about Maya 2011. This is not about a future wishlist. This thread is also not about XSI, “MAXYA” or any software mergers in any way. Thanks. Now we’ve got that out of the way…
Basically I’ll get straight onto the topic.
Recently, as some of you may know, Autodesk has announced some radical new plans in store for Max, which include some significant planned updates and changes.
From Ken Pimentel’s blog:
Excalibur (or XBR) is a restructuring of 3ds Max that is intended to occur over three phases (not releases) and addresses fundamental improvements in workflow, UI and performance.
There are some planned core updates to Max such as:
- Rehaul of the UI
- More node based features
- Improved scalabilty with Hardware (ie viewport performance updates)
- New and updated core multi-threaded architecture
- Tighter integration with rendering systems
ANWAY…this leads me to the ultimate question. Why is it that Autodesk cannot talk about Maya’s future?
Maurice Patel on Maya:
Unfortunately we cannot disclose the roadmap publicly for legal and accounting reasons.
It is a legal reality and a matter of business ethics that we do not make speculative claims
I know XBR is not a detailed roamap for 3DS Max per se, but it gives a very good indication where it is heading.
I’m sure we all know (if you’ve been paying any attention at all…listening to the wind), that Maya does have some nice plans…but what I’m not sure of is why Autodesk are not allowed to release similar statements regarding Maya’s plans?