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Maya LT is a cost-effective 3D animation and modeling software built for professional indie game makers. Features in Maya LT are designed to make each step of the 3D creative process faster for experienced artists and easier to learn for new users, so you can create your next hit game faster.
Release Date: Apr 22, 2014
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Maya LT 2015 Extension 1 Service Pack 2 is now available!

July 18th, 2014

This Service Pack includes an update to OpenSSL with version 1.0.1h, as well as a number of additional fixes.

To see the full list of resolved issues, check out the release notes on the forums here.

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Maya LT 2015 Extension 1 is now available!

June 18th, 2014

We are very happy to announce the first extension release for Maya LT 2015. If you subscribe to Maya LT through Steam, you should automatically get the new features and fixes when Steam updates the build. If you have auto-updates turned off, we definitely recommend that you download this update (we also had a Heartbleed fix May 2, so you want to get that as well).

The extension adds 3 new features, as well as a bunch of bug fixes. To see the full list, check out the forums here.

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About the Software

Maya LT is a professional 3D animation and modeling software built and priced for professional indie game makers. Features in Maya LT are designed to make each step of the 3D creative process faster for experienced artists and easier to learn for new users, so you can create your next hit game faster.

Maya LT lets you model, light, and animate characters and environments for your game. It supports FBX and OBJ export so you can use a wide variety of game engines and other development tools. We’ve also included a DOTA 2 workshop integration so modders and fans can export assets straight to DOTA 2.

Based on industry-standard 3D tools used by game developers worldwide and refined continuously based on community feedback, Maya LT puts pro-level tools in the hands of indie game makers. With a proven set of 3D creative tools, artists are empowered to realize the full creative potential of their game design.

What version of Maya LT is on Steam?

The current version of Maya LT on Steam is based on the Maya LT 2015 Extension 1 Service Pack 2 update. It is not restricted to working within Steam game workshops and can be used to create 3D assets for full commercial games.

Service Pack 2 update, July 18, 2014
This Service Pack includes an update to OpenSSL with version 1.0.1h.

Maya LT 2015 Extension 1, June 18, 2014
This extension release adds support for Set Driven Key, Rigging Utility Nodes, and an all-new Game Export Tool that makes it easier to export models and animations for use in game engines.

Service Pack 1 update, May 2, 2014
This Service Pack addresses the HeartBleed security vulnerability with an update to OpenSSL.

What can you do with Maya LT?

Work with game engines
Work with the game creation tools best-suited to your needs. Maya LT exports in the commonly supported FBX and OBJ formats so you can work with many popular game engines and development tools. Send to Unity is a special option that exports your scene or model selection straight to your Unity project folder.

Improve your day-to-day workflow
Maya LT has plenty of tools that make it faster to get your daily work done, and easier to work with team members. MEL scripts can be used to customize some of the more repetitive or mundane parts of a 3D workflow and can be saved into custom buttons and hotkeys for easy access. New cloud integrations with Autodesk 360 and Dropbox let you open and save your assets to those services directly from within Maya LT, for easier sharing with your team.

Create high quality 3D Models
Maya LT features the same great modeling tools found in Maya so you can create great-looking 3D characters, environments, or props for your game. Maya LT features great hi-res to low-res workflows so you can work with highly detailed, high-poly models and then make them more efficient for your game when you export.

Create textures and materials
ShaderFX is a visual, node-based material creation tool. That means you don’t need to manually code in HLSL, CLSL, or CgFX to create really high quality shaders. You can just drag and drop nodes, pick colors, move slides, and see your changes on the 3D model in the Maya LT Viewport in real-time. Maya LT also has features that let you easily browse, apply, and adjust materials created in Substance Designer.

Create and edit UV maps
Maya LT now has better-than-ever UVs through the super-fast unfolding algorithms found in the popular Unfold3D toolset. Artists can evaluate and then edit UVs quickly by manually refining seams, then use color-coded visual feedback systems to see where the UVs need adjusting. Nobody said UVs were super fun, but they don’t have to be a headache.

Animate your creations
Don’t get stuck on still content. Bring your game characters and environments to life with a variety of animation tools based on Maya and HumanIK animation software. Auto-generate bipedal skeletons with full-body inverse kinematics, then adjust them to fit your characters. The HumanIK system also lets you re-target your animations to similar game characters easily, so you don’t have to re-do the same animations over and over.

Work with live previews
Maya LT uses the same Viewport 2.0 found in Maya, so that you can work in an environment that closely depicts how characters and environments will appear in-game. Working in a tool with a viewport tailored for game development means less round-tripping between Maya LT and your game engine to make adjustments.

Make stuff for DOTA 2!
Like playing and adding your own cool stuff to DOTA 2? So do we! That's why we created a DOTA 2 workshop integration. We want to help modders and fans get their creations into DOTA 2 faster.

Learn and create today, prepare for tomorrow
Maya LT was created to bring the power of Autodesk 3D tools to professional indie game makers and also new users who want to learn more about 3D animation and game development. Because it is based on the widely used Maya platform, Maya LT is a great way to start modeling and animating content for your current projects while also learning tools and skills that can be used in other studios.

PC System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® 7 (64-bit)
    • Processor: 64-bit Intel® or AMD® multicore processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Microsoft® DirectX® 11 compatible
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Three-button mouse
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows® 8 (64-bit)
    • Processor: 64-bit Intel or AMD multicore processor
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Additional Notes: Three-button mouse

Mac System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Apple® Mac OS® X 10.8.4
    • Processor: 64-bit Intel® or AMD® multicore processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Apple Mac OS X 10.9.x
    • Processor: 64-bit Intel or AMD multicore processor
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Additional Notes: Three-button mouse
Helpful customer reviews
42 of 55 people (76%) found this review helpful
53 products in account
1 review
448.5 hrs on record
Having tried just about every 3D modeling software out there, free and otherwise, Maya has always been my favorite and go-to for anything even remotely geometric. That this is on steam for such a reasonable price is absolutely fantastic. The new features in this latest version specifically for people like me are awesome. I'll miss ncloth but that is about the only thing this version doesn't have that I enjoyed previously, and frankly, there are better programs now for such situations (ie. Marvelous Designer).

Opening this software as a complete newb to 3D modeling, I can understand why you'd be dizzy. There's a lot of buttons, tools and short cuts that I've had to learn over the years and I'm still finding new things all the time now. If you're serious about learning 3D modeling and you're looking for the right tool, there really is no other program on par with Maya. You're talking about a solid week of youtube tutorials and trial and error to learn enough to actually produce something of any value, especially if you're producing content for a specific engine or world... but it's more than worth the while to learn!

Autodesk, thank you thank you thank you for putting this on steam at a totally reasonable monthly rate. I am beyond happy to pay you this monthly subscription for this great tool instead of paying it to the IRS. Yes, self-employed artists, this is a muy, muy bueno tax deduction too~

EDIT: Adding a little to this after working in it more.

The current disappointment for me personally is the lack of native or properly working COLLADA support. Yes, you can export as FBX. Yes, you can use the FBX converter, but doing either and/or both of those seems to result in some wonky normals issues that I've yet to find a fix for. I've had to backwards import into previous versions of maya I have just to export to .dae.

I really hope autodesk addresses this given the significant use of .dae in the modeling/game dev world.
Posted: May 12th, 2014
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20 of 28 people (71%) found this review helpful
227 products in account
29 reviews
10.2 hrs on record
Maya LT is one of the best and most user friendly modeling programs on the market right now. if you are serious about making models for games, animations, or for practice if you are just interested in making 3d art look no further. This program has vast tutorials and a huge help database to help you make your first item, animation, texture, or rig. Check those tutorials on the autodesk youtube page or for the help documination just go to their website. Don't bother with programs like fuse which is absolutly awful. this does all the things fuse does and like 100X more

Note: i want to make this clear, Maya LT is in no way or form a simple program. It is powerful and very easy to use for those familiar to it, But in order to use this program i spent 2 weeks watching tutorials and doing research. It is in no way user friendly to those unfamiar to modeling programs.

BUT if you are willing to research and learn how to use it this program is a wonderful start to your career or hobby and i would highly recomemend it. Just be prepared to do some work in order to make it work for you.
Posted: June 4th, 2014
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13 of 23 people (57%) found this review helpful
57 products in account
1 review
31.2 hrs on record
Having used an earlier version of Maya, I found this quick and easy to update my knowledge to this version. LT is all the modelling and animation parts ( at least all the main ones I use, and some new ones ) without the rendering side, which I have never used due to making and exporting models. There are many tutorials online to assist with learning the UI and general tools. I have found Maya's system of modelling to 'click' with me, making more sense and being more easy to use than 3DSMax, and Blender, but those are not without their advantages also. If not for this product, I would be using Blender now.

I have used the product with the 15 day trial period from the Autodesk website, and have decided to purchase the monthly license, based on my experience. Thus far I have created a few static meshes for Unreal 4 Engine, and I expect the support between the two to increase as time goes by. I have reopened my meshes with the licensed version, and everything is as it should be. The 15 days and my schedule didn't allow any time for character creation, but I did peruse the tools available, and am looking forward to using such powerful tools.

This is an awesome product when used for its intended design. Content creation for games, indie or professional.
Posted: May 9th, 2014
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8 of 22 people (36%) found this review helpful
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2 reviews
151.0 hrs on record
has everything you would need to create game assets but withought the rendering part.
Posted: May 22nd, 2014
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37 of 177 people (21%) found this review helpful
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3 reviews
1.0 hrs on record
Theyy say it great for beginners, but gizes no support whatsoever
Posted: May 6th, 2014
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