Join George Maestri for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Maya on a Mac , part of Maya Essentials 1: Interface and Organization.
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For those of you who are using the Macintosh OS X platform, you will need to make sure that you have a three button mouse. Now the Macintosh actually ships with a two button mouse, but in order to use Maya properly, you will need to get three buttons, now this can either be a standard three button mouse or a mouse with the middle wheel as a scroll wheel. Now these only cost $10 to $15 in an electronics store, they will give you the full capability of just using a three button mouse with your Mac.
Now in terms of memory and video cards, yes, you will need as much memory as you can get into your Mac, 8 gigabytes is probably a good number, if you can get higher that's great. And for video cards, you can use the Stock Video Card in the Macintosh or if you want you can upgrade to an NVIDIA Quadro or Radeon Card that is compatible with the Macintosh.
- Configuring your computer to work best with Maya
- Setting preferences
- Enabling plug-ins
- Using the Hotbox
- Using the Move tool
- Manipulating pivots
- Understanding the Channel Box
- Creating hierarchies
- Hiding and showing objects
- Working with selection masks