Guest 投稿 "San Antonio - Siggraph (booth 13085) - July 22, 2002 - Alias|Wavefront(tm), an SGI (NYSE: SGI) company, today announced that it will release a free public beta version of its new mental ray(r) for Maya(r) version 1.5 rendering solution in late summer, 2002. mental ray for Maya 1.5, conjointly developed by Alias|Wavefront and mental images(r), will provide Maya 4.5 software users on all supported platforms with a tightly integrated rendering solution that maximizes the strength of both products. Version 1.5 will advance the first iteration of the technology with further simplified usability and additional support for Maya features new to Maya 4.5.
Mental ray for Maya version 1.5 is an optional and fully integrated plug-in renderer for Maya 4.5 that offers the features and tools available in mental images' new mental ray renderer, mental ray 3.1. The technology, developed to satisfy numerous customer requests, first became available in December 2001 bringing advanced effects such as global illumination and motion-blurred reflections to Maya users. The second iteration of the product will support functionality new to the soon-to-be-released Maya 4.5, including volume lighting and rendering, particle instancing and the Maya Fluid Effects(tm) Ocean Shader feature.