Maya PLE has very attractive features such as polygon and surface modeling subdivision tools, “Maya Trax”, non-linear animation editor, rigid and flexible body dynamics, particle effects, “Maya Paint Effects,” interface based on brushes, Photoshop and Illustrator integration, ability to export / import Autodesk MotionBuilder 7 PLE FBX files, and much more.
The use of Maya PLE is restricted to non-commercial uses and places a watermark on images and uses a non-commercial file format. Users can find all kinds of help on the application as well as free resources (shadows, models, scenes, etc.) in the community called “The Area” (http://area.autodesk.com) of Autodesk.
It is available for both Mac OS X and Windows XP and in the Mac version the minimum requirements are Mac OS X v10.4.8 or higher.