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Autodesk Maya 2010Graphics Hardware QualificationApple Macintosh PlatformLast updated: April 12th 2010.ContentsReadme FirstReadme FirstThe information contained in the Readme First document applies to allWhat’s New Tested Mac OS VersionsWorkstation and MobileWorkstationsHardware SystemQualificationGraphics Cards and DriversProfessional Graphics CardsDual Monitor SupportProfessional Graphics CardsCaveats &LimitationsConsumer Graphics CardsDual Monitor SupportConsumer Graphics CardsCaveats &LimitationsSystem Dependent &Miscellaneous Issueshardware qualification executed on the Autodesk Maya 2010 softwareproduct release and should be acknowledged by all users priorconsulting the qualification charts.What’s NewPlease be aware that in testing Maya 2010 and prior releases with therecently announced Mac OS X 10.6.3 operating system, Autodesk hasdiscovered compatibility issues. At this time, Autodesk recommendsthat Maya 2010 and prior release customers do not upgrade to theMac OS X 10.6.3. The Autodesk and Apple teams are working closelyto resolve this issue and will notify Maya 2010 and prior releasecustomers once the issue has been addressed.Compiler RequirementsStereoscopy QualifiedHardwareSend Feedback on thisDocumentPage 1

Autodesk Maya2010Graphics Hardware Qualification– Apple MacintoshTested Mac OS Versions1. Workstations and graphics cards have been tested on MAC OS X v.10.5.8unless mentioned otherwise with a small annotation.2. To verify which version of the Mac OS X version is installed, select "AboutThis Mac" in the Apple menu. The general OS Version number is just belowthe logo; e.g., Version 10.5.8. To find the build number for that Version, clickthe version text. The Version number changes to display the Build number;e.g., Build 9L30.3. Note: Occasionally, Apple releases slightly different versions that carry thesame Version number (but different build number). These slightly differentversions may behave differently. It may only be possible to identify the OSversion by the build number.Workstation and Mobile Workstations1. Autodesk Maya 2010 is qualified on any of the systems identified in thefollowing Hardware System Qualification section using the version of MAC OSX v.10.5.8. Do not assume that newer versions of Mac OS X will be suitablefor use with the Maya 2010 software version.2. You may need to refer to the Apple Support site to identify your system.3. If you intend to run dual monitors, see the System Dependent &Miscellaneous Issues section Caveat / Limitation 1.4. Any Mac with built in Intel GMA 950 or GMA x3100 Graphics is not testedand will not be supported.Page 2

Autodesk Maya2010Graphics Hardware Qualification– Apple MacintoshHardware System QualificationThe following table lists the tested hardware system for the Maya 2010 softwareproduct release.Table Legend Qualified. Qualified with caveats. Refer to the Hardware System Caveats &Limitations. Qualification planned or in progress. Results coming shortly. Supported although not officially qualified in our lab. Hardware component falls below minimum system requirements torun the Autodesk product.Qualification failed due to serious problems. No qualification planned or not applicable.—Not yet tested.Intel -based Apple Macintosh Hardware System Qualificationfor Autodesk Maya 2010Apple Macintosh Hardware SystemModelSpecificationQualificationMac ProIntel Xeon Core 2 Quad @ 2.26Ghz Intel Xeon Core 2 Quad @ 3.2Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.66Ghz Intel Core 2 Quad @ 3.0Ghz Intel Xeon Core 2 Quad @ 2.8Ghz Intel Core Duo @ 2Ghz iMac Page 3

Autodesk Maya2010Graphics Hardware Qualification– Apple MacintoshIntel -based Apple Macintosh Hardware System Qualificationfor Autodesk Maya 2010Apple Macintosh Hardware SystemModelSpecificationQualificationIntel Core 2 Duo @ 2.16Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.4Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.8Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.33Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.5Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.6Ghz MacBook ProGraphics Cards and Drivers1. All qualifications are performed using only the official Apple default driversthat are included with a particular version of an OS (e.g. 10.5.8).Driversacquired by any other means; e.g., directly from a graphics vendor, areconsidered unsupported and therefore not qualified. Note that for NVIDIAQuadro FX 4800 and GeForce 285GTX, we had to use the manufacturer driveruntil Apple releases the official driver with 10.6:2. Autodesk received numerous reports of problems with drivers other thanthose released by Apple as part of the OS. As a result, Autodesk cannotguarantee the stability of Maya using unsupported drivers.3. To verify which version of a video driver is installed on your Mac OS Xsystem, in a Finder window, navigate to /System/Library/Extensions/(vendorextension file). With this file selected, Ctrl-click and choose Get Info to viewthe version information. For example, to determine the version of the videodriver installed for the NVIDIA GeForce FX 8800 Ultra, select the/System/Library/Extensions/NVDANV50Hals.kext file and then Ctrl-click andchoose Get Info.Page 4

Autodesk Maya2010Graphics Hardware Qualification– Apple MacintoshProfessional Graphics CardsThe following table provides the professional graphics card hardware qualificationsfor the Autodesk Maya 2010 for Macintosh software product release.Note: Professional graphics cards not listed in the following table are no longertested. However, these cards may still be acceptable for use with the Maya software.Please refer to earlier Maya software for OS X qualification charts to evaluate aparticular card's previous use in Maya. While you may continue to use one of thesecards, please note that we may not be able to provide support for any issues youmay encounter.Table Legend Qualified Qualified with caveats. Refer to the Professional Graphics CardsCaveats & Limitations. Qualification planned OR in progress. Results coming shortly Supported although not officially qualified in our lab Hardware component falls below minimum system requirements torun this AutodeskQualification failed due to serious problems No qualification planned OR not applicable—Not yet tested.Professional Graphics Card Qualifications forAutodesk Maya 2010 for MacintoshGraphics CardProductMac OS Xv.10.5.8v.10.6.2Quadro FX 4800 * Quadro FX 5600 Quadro FX 4500 —NVIDIA Page 5

Autodesk Maya2010Graphics Hardware Qualification– Apple Macintosh*this card was tested with the manufacturer driver, as there is no built-in driver for itin 10.5.8Dual Monitor SupportApple systems can be run in Dual Monitor configuration by using a singlegraphics card which supports dual output (e.g. NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600).Page 6

Autodesk Maya2010Graphics Hardware Qualification– Apple MacintoshProfessional Graphics Cards Caveats &LimitationsThe following table provides a description of professional NVIDIA graphics cardscaveats and limitations.Professional NVIDIA Graphics Cards Caveats & LimitationsAutodesk Maya 2010 for MacintoshGraphics CardQuadro FX 5600OS10.5.8Caveat / LimitationStatusWorkaround————Hardware particles notIssue—rendering in hardwarereportedG80 based cards do notdraw the IPR refresh line.(Bug # 310669)Quadro FX 450010.5.8Wireframe may appear todraw thicker on G70 basedcards. (Bug # 302888)GeForce 7600 GT10.6.2rendering. (Bug #343615)tovendors(AppleBug #7417514)Quadro FX 5600Quadro FX 480010.6.2CVS or vertices are shown asIssueexit the tool,selected when using paintreportedselect oneselect tool. (Bug #343975)tocomponent andvendorsthen re-enter(Applethe tool.Bug #7417566)Page 7

Autodesk Maya2010Graphics Hardware Qualification– Apple MacintoshConsumer Graphics CardsThe following table provides a list of tested NVIDIA GeForce and ATI Radeon consumer graphics cards and driver versions for the Autodesk Maya 2010 forMacintosh software product release.Note: Consumer graphics cards not listed in the following table are no longertested. However, these cards may still be acceptable for use with the Maya software.Please refer to earlier Maya software for OS X qualification charts to evaluate aparticular card's previous use in Maya. While you may continue to use one of thesecards, please note that we may not be able to provide support for any issues youmay encounter.Table Legend Testing is completed. Testing is completed. Some issues found. See Consumer GraphicsCards Caveats & Limitations. Testing is ongoing OR planned. No testing is planned. Hardware component falls below minimum system requirements torun this product.—Not yet tested.Consumer Graphics Card Tested forAutodesk Maya 2010 for MacintoshGraphics CardProductMac OS XVersion 10.5.8Version 10.6.2GeForce GTX 120——GeForce GTX 285 * GeForce 8800M GT NVIDIA Page 8

Autodesk Maya2010Graphics Hardware Qualification– Apple MacintoshConsumer Graphics Card Tested forAutodesk Maya 2010 for MacintoshGraphics CardProductMac OS XVersion 10.5.8Version 10.6.2GeForce 8800 GT GeForce 8600M GeForce 7300 GT GeForce 9600 GT GeForce 7600 GT Radeon X1900 XT Radeon X1600 Radeon HD 4870 Radeon HD 3870 Radeon HD 2600 Pro ATI *this card was tested with the manufacturer driver, as there is no built-in driver for itin 10.5.8Dual Monitor SupportApple systems can be run in Dual Monitor configuration by using a singlegraphics card which supports dual output (e.g. ATI Radeon x2600).Consumer Graphics Cards Caveats &LimitationsThere are currently no ATI graphics card caveats / limitations to report for thecurrent release of this Autodesk product.The following table provides a description of consumer NVIDIA graphics cardscaveats and limitations.Page 9

Autodesk Maya2010Graphics Hardware Qualification– Apple MacintoshConsumer NVIDIA Graphics Cards Caveats & LimitationsAutodesk Maya 2010 for MacintoshGraphics CardGeForce 8800M GTOS10.5.8Caveat / LimitationG80 based cards do notStatusWorkaround——————Hardware particles notReported—rendering in hardwareto Appledraw the IPR refresh line.(Bug # 310669)GeForce 7300 GT10.5.8Wireframe may appear todraw thicker on G70 basedcards. (Bug # 302888)GeForce 7600 GT10.5.8Wireframe may appear todraw thicker on G70 basedcards. (Bug # 302888)GeForce 7600 GT10.6.2rendering. (Bug #343615)GeForce 285 GTXRadeon 487010.6.2CVS or vertices are shownas selected when using paintselect.( Bug #343975)Issueexit the tool,reportedselect onetocomponent andvendorsthen re-enter(Applethe tool.Bug #7417566)Page 10

Autodesk Maya2010Graphics Hardware Qualification– Apple MacintoshSystem Dependent & Miscellaneous IssuesThe following table provides a description of caveats / limitations that are still beinginvestigated. Autodesk has not identified the precise combination of factorsinvolved. Please refer to the Release Notes for further details on known issues withthe Maya software product.System Dependent & Miscellaneous IssuesAutodesk Maya 2010 for MacintoshOSX v.10.6.3Caveat / LimitationWorkaroundA buffer is not preserved, so the viewport or otherOnce Maya has beenwindows in Maya 2010 or prior releases will flickerlaunched, do notwith any interaction.launch any additionalapplications as thismay trigger the issue.If the problem doesoccur, restart the Mayasoftware and thisshould resolve theissue.If the problem persists,revert to Mac OS X10.6.2.X v.10.5.8 &1. Mac Pro and iMac with built-in flat panel, &Using an external10.6.xMacBook Pro are limited to built-in screenmonitor and settingresolutions. These resolutions may limit the use ofthe resolution to 1280the Maya software. For example, menu bars mayx 1024 allows full usenot be fully drawn and windows may need screenof the Maya menusresolution that is not available.and windows.Hardware overlays are not supported.—Shadows do not work in the viewport.—X v.10.5.8 &10.6.xX v.10.5.8 &10.6.xPage 11

Autodesk Maya2010Graphics Hardware Qualification– Apple MacintoshSystem Dependent & Miscellaneous IssuesAutodesk Maya 2010 for MacintoshOSCaveat / LimitationX v.10.5.8 &The texture placement manipulator may not10.6.xdisplay. The manipulator can be forced to displayWorkaround—by clicking the middle mouse button anywhere inthe same window.X v.10.5.8 &The Alpha Gain Slider in the attribute editor for an10.6.ximage plane does not alter the transparency of the—image plane, or the alpha gain is displayedincorrectly.X v.10.5.8 &The outline of the Paint Effects brushes or artisan10.6.xbrushes (e.g. sculpt) may remain on screen on the—completion of a stroke, or may not be drawn at all,or may draw incorrectly.X v.10.5.8 &Refresh of scenes containing Paint Effects can be10.6.xvery slow, or may 'flash' during redraw.X v.10.5.8 &Hardware shadows cannot be displayed (Lighting-10.6.x Shadows in pane menus).X v.10.5.8 &On ATI cards, scenes with non- power of twoTurn off High Quality10.6.xtextures will hang Maya when enabling the Highviewport in theQuality viewport.Hardware Renderer——settings.X v.10.5.8 &In working in the Paint Effects Panel, you may10.6.xnotice that the display does not refresh properly.This may include multiple copies of brushes beingseen, or paint effects strokes notupdating/disappearing after a new stroke is drawn.Page 12—

Autodesk Maya2010Graphics Hardware Qualification– Apple MacintoshCompiler RequirementsIf you are building plug-ins for Maya, note that the Maya API requires a specificcompiler and linker, on each of the platforms Autodesk supports in order to buildcompatible plug-ins. Autodesk Maya 2010 is built on: Mac OS X 10.4.11 using Xcode2.4.1 and the 10.4u.sdk. Using this compiler will guarantee binary compatibility whenbuilding plug-ins.Stereoscopy Qualified HardwareFor information on the graphics hardware qualification for stereo support, pleaseconsult the Autodesk Maya 2010 for Macintosh - Graphics Hardware Qualificationfor Stereo Support document.Send Feedback on this DocumentDid you find what you were looking for? Was this document useful to you?We would like to hear your thoughts on the content and presentation of thisdocument. If you are interested in providing such feedback, please go to thefollowing link:Survey LinkPlease note that we monitor this feedback on a monthly basis. Should you need afasterturnaroundtimeonyourquestion/feedback,at [email protected] 13pleaseemailus

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